Oct 8, 2021 - News

Belmont University expands full-ride scholarship

A sign in front of Belmont University.
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Belmont University is expanding a scholarship program that sends Nashville public school graduates to college tuition-free.

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

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

Why it matters: The program gives priority to low-income or first-generation college students, with the goal of increasing access to higher education for those who face socioeconomic hurdles.

  • Belmont's goal parallels broader state efforts to boost college attendance through scholarships such as 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 3.0 GPA and an ACT score of at least 20.

What they're saying: In a statement Thursday, Metro Schools Director Adrienne Battle said the expanded program "has the power to transform the lives of our students and set them up for a lifetime of achievement."

What's next: Belmont officials have a long-term goal of including graduates from every public high school in the area.

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