For students with a calling to the path of Christian ministry, the A. Purnell Bailey
Pre-Ministerial Program at Randolph-Macon College offers encouragement through financial
and career-development support along with personal mentoring.
Financial support: Students accepted to the college and into the Bailey program
are awarded half-tuition scholarships for their freshman and sophomore years and
full tuition for the junior and senior years. In return, Bailey Scholars commit
to completing at least one year of divinity school.
Mentoring: Regular faculty- and staff-led group discussions, along with one-on-one
mentoring with the Bailey program coordinator and area pastors, help Bailey Scholars
discern and develop their calling to ministry.
Internships: Bailey Scholars complete two
pre-ministerial internships during their undergraduate years:
Internships are completed in a wide range of settings, and have included placements
in area churches, with non-profit charities and mission groups, and in international
settings. Bailey Program mentors provide guidance for finding an internship based
on an individual student’s interests.
Peer support: Bailey Scholars form a strong and supportive peer group during
their undergraduate years at R-MC. Junior- and senior-year cohorts meet together
with representatives of divinity schools and often travel together to visit these
schools during the college’s spring break.
Campus life: Bailey Scholars are typically
active in a range of campus programs, clubs, and organizations. Many choose
to serve others through programs such as Habitat for Humanity and Macon a Difference
Day as well as through service-learning travel courses offered during the college’s
Alumni success: Bailey Scholars are accepted to leading divinity schools
such as Duke, Vanderbilt, Princeton, and Emory, and
pursue careers in a diverse range of settings, including churches, colleges,
and non-profit organizations.