Belmont University Expands Full Scholarship


Belmont University is expanding a scholarship program that sends graduates of Nashville public schools to college tuition-free.

How it works: Bridges to Belmont was initially open to a group of graduates from four local high schools. This year, the program offered 34 full scholarships.

  • Starting next year, the program will expand to include 50 scholarships open to graduates of 10 public high schools.

Why is this important: The program prioritizes low-income or first-generation students, with the aim of increasing access to higher education for those facing socio-economic barriers.

  • Belmont’s goal parallels the state’s broader efforts to increase college attendance through scholarships such as the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect.

The fine print: Starting next fall, students at Stratford STEM Magnet, Maplewood, Whites Creek, Pearl-Cohn, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hillwood, Hunters Lane, McGavock and Overton High Schools will be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

  • To be considered, students must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA and an ACT score of at least 20.

What they say : In a statement Thursday, Metro Schools principal Adrienne Battle said the expanded program “has the power to transform the lives of our students and prepare them for a life of success.”

And after: Belmont officials have a long-term goal of including graduates from all public high schools in the region.

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