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Merit Scholarships

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP AID

  1. The application for admission to the university also serves as the application for merit scholarship. 
  2. General Freshman Academic Merit Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis following the offer of admission.
  3. December 1 is the priority application deadline for consideration for Belmont’s most competitive named and departmental scholarships. All components of the application for admission must be received by this date for the applicant to be deemed eligible for consideration.
  4. Notification of named and departmental scholarship recipients will be sent by early March.
  5. In most cases, students may receive only one merit award.  For exceptions, see the list of individual scholarships below.
  6. Traditionally, about 60% of those students admitted as freshmen will receive a merit scholarship.

GENERAL ACADEMIC MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

General Academic Merit Scholarships range from $3,000 to $10,000 annually. Admitted freshmen with academic credentials that meet or exceed the University’s freshman class profile are considered competitive candidates for these awards. The freshman class entering fall 2017 had an average ACT composite score of 26 or SAT score of 1220, with a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.6 on a four-point scale. 

NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS

Candidates for the University’s highest academic merit scholarships, such as the Presidential Scholar or Faculty Scholar awards, must have completed their application file to Belmont by December 1. In addition, those selected for consideration in the named scholarship process will have already qualified for the highest level of general academic merit scholarship (currently $10,000). These named awards recognize approximately the top two percent of all freshman applicants (over 7,600 for fall 2017), with an average cumulative high school grade point average of 4.33 (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score of 34 or SAT score of 1500. Consideration is also given to class rank (if provided) as well as individual accomplishment and demonstrated leadership as evidenced by the resume of activities. A named scholarship generally replaces a general academic merit scholarship previously awarded.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is Belmont's most competitive scholarship, awarded to approximately five incoming freshmen. The scholarship provides full tuition, room, board, books, and fees for four academic years (eight semesters) of continuous study. Traditionally, twelve finalists are invited to personally interview on campus for this award. Selection criteria include a review of academic and leadership accomplishments. Demonstrated financial need may be considered, therefore submission of the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is highly encouraged and required for those selected for the scholarship. Candidates for the Presidential Scholarship will have a minimum composite score of 30 on the ACT or SAT score of 1390.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship

One scholarship covering full tuition, room, board, books, and fees for a freshman student from a diverse background. Traditionally, five finalists are invited to personally interview for this award.

Faculty Scholar
Awarded to approximately 125-150 freshmen with outstanding academic, extra-curricular and leadership records. Worth $15,000 per year.  

DEPARTMENTAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Thomas J. Madden Ministerial Scholarship

One full-tuition scholarship for a male Christian freshman majoring in religion who plans to enter full-time ministry.

Servant Leader Scholarship

One full-tuition scholarship for a female Christian freshman majoring in religion who plans to enter a church-related career.

Glover Accounting Scholarship

Merit-based scholarship for freshman students in the Jack C. Massey College of Business who major in accounting and meet the general academic merit scholarship criteria. This award can be combined with a general academic merit scholarship.



Glover Business Scholarship

Merit-based scholarship for freshman students in the Jack C. Massey College of Business majoring in any non-accounting business degree and meet the general academic merit scholarship criteria. This award can be combined with a general academic merit scholarship.


OTHER

Ingram Diversity Leadership Scholarship

Four full-tuition scholarships for incoming freshmen with diverse backgrounds from the Nashville area who present outstanding academic and leadership records. Traditionally, eight finalists are invited to personally interview for this award.

National Merit Finalists
Students named as a National Merit Finalist are automatically named a Belmont Faculty Scholar, with a Belmont merit-based scholarship totaling no less than $15,000.


Leadership Scholarship

Twenty-five $3,000 awards to incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities as evidenced through the resume of activities and did not qualify for an academic scholarship.

E.S. Rose Scholarship

Half- and full-tuition scholarships for a limited number of deserving incoming freshmen with demonstrated need who live in proximity to E.S. Rose Park in Nashville. More detailed information about the scholarship and the application process for the award can be found here.
 


Community Scholarship

Half-tuition scholarship awarded for an incoming freshman with demonstrated need and above-average academic credentials who live in proximity to the Belmont University campus. Awarded on a biennial basis in even-numbered years.

Turner Scholarship

$7,500 awards for freshmen students from rural high schools with outstanding academic records and demonstrated need.

Performance-Based Aid

Athletic scholarships

Performance-based scholarships based upon athletic ability and level of need of position. Contact the coach of the sport for more information. http://www.belmontbruins.com/

Music scholarships

Performance-based scholarships for music majors based upon audition, level of music involvement and academic record. http://www.belmont.edu/music

Art Scholarships

Performance-based scholarships for art majors based upon portfolio, personal interview, and academic record. http://www.belmont.edu/art

Church-Related Aid

Application forms and detailed guidelines for these grants are available online at http://www.belmont.edu/sfs/.

Church-Related Vocation/Service Scholarship

Students who are in service or wish to pursue a career in a church-related vocation, i.e., pastoral, education, music, youth or mission ministries are eligible for $500 per semester (fall and spring only).

Restricted Grants and Scholarships

Belmont is privileged to receive a number of small restricted scholarships from the gifts of friends and alumni of Belmont. These scholarships vary in requirements and amounts. Many are restricted by major. There is no additional Belmont application necessary to be considered for these funds. http://www.belmont.edu/scholarships