The top scholarship program at Georgetown College is named for Bowling Green physician and long-time Trustee Paul Parks. The Parks Baptist Scholars Program recruits highly qualified students who exhibit intellectual curiosity, global awareness, and an appreciation of their Baptist-Christian heritage. The Program brings them together several times a semester for academic and extracurricular endeavors that opens doors of opportunity and inspiration and also sustains their knowledge of and commitment to the Christian faith in its Baptist expression.
Included in the cycle of events for Parks Scholars are dinners, travels to centers of Baptist influence, invitations to meet prominent Baptists who visit the campus, and gifts of literature and supplies that cultivate their interest in the life and work of Baptists. Recent Parks Scholars events include dinner at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill and a trip to London England and Oxford University.
Each year four high school students are selected to enter the program. To qualify, students must
- have a 3.75 grade point average in high school
- score at least 30 on the ACT
- write an essay reflecting on a Bible lesson written by Jimmy Carter, well-known Sunday School teacher and former President of the United States
- be active in the life and work of a Baptist church
Applicants will be asked to come to campus for an on-site interview with the director of the program and current Parks Scholars.
Applications for the Parks Baptist Scholarship are available from the Admission Office.
Parks Baptist Scholars Graduates
- Daniel Glaze, Richmond, VA, Class of 2000, a pastor in North Carolina
- Amanda (Shearer) Smith, Winchester, KY, Class of 2004, a physician in Lexington, Kentucky
- Jessica Forge Hearne, Saginaw, MI, Class of 2004, a public school art teacher, North Carolina
- Jordan Ragsdale, Knoxville, TN, Class of 2005, a student at McAfee Divinity School
- Daniel Benson, Smiths Grove, KY, Class of 2005, a student at University of Louisville Medical School
- Katie Dale, Cincinnati, OH, Class of 2006, Communication Arts & English, Fulbright Fellow, ’06-’07
- Brittany Pappas, Bassett, VA, Class of 2007, Economics, Fulbright Fellow for 2007-8
- Adam Glover, Glasgow, KY, Class of 2007, Philosophy, Fulbright Fellow for 2007-2008
- Tyler Stewart, Crestwood, KY, Class of 2008, Biology and Pre-Med
- Taylor Rains, Paducah, KY, Class of 2008, Political Science and French
- Sarah Schobel, Union, KY, Class of 2009, Education and Communication Arts Major
- Mary Alice Birdwhistell, Lawrenceburg, KY, Class of 2009, a pastor in Texas