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Merit Scholarships



MERIT SCHOLARSHIP AID
  1. Merit scholarships are awarded to freshman applicants only beginning in the fall term.
  2. The application for admission to the university also serves as the application for merit scholarship.
  3. General Academic Merit Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis following the offer of admission as funds remain available.
  4. 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.
  5. Notification of named and departmental scholarship recipients will be sent by early March.
  6. In most cases, students may receive only one merit award.  For exceptions, see the list of individual scholarships below.
  7. Traditionally, about 50-55% 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 (ACT composite score of 26 or SAT critical reading and math composite of approximately 1150, with an un-weighted cumulative high school grade point average of 3.5) are considered competitive candidates for this award.

NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS

Candidates for the University’s highest academic merit scholarships (including the Presidential, Hearst and Faculty awards) must have completed their application for admission to Belmont by December 1.  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).  A named scholarship generally replaces a general academic merit scholarship previously awarded.  Each year, there are five freshman Presidential Scholars, one Hearst Scholar and 75 Faculty Scholars (from the pool of approximately 6,000 freshman applicants).  Consideration criteria include a minimum test score of 1290 SAT (composite score of Critical Reading and Math only) or 29 ACT, an un-weighted cumulative GPA of 3.50, top 10% class rank (if applicable) and significant individual achievement.

Presidential Scholarship
Belmont's most competitive scholarship, awarded to five incoming freshmen, covering full tuition, room, board, books, and fees. Traditionally, twelve finalists are invited to personally interview for this award.  Please note:  candidates for the Presidential must have a minimum composite score of 30 on the ACT and 1330 (Critical Reading + Math only) on the SAT. 

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 75 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 College of Business Administration 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 College of Business Administration 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 and National Achievement Finalists
Students named as a National Merit or National Achievement Finalist are automatically named a Belmont Faculty Scholar, with a Belmont merit-based scholarship totaling no less than $15,000.

Leadership Scholarship
Twenty-five $2000 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 Park 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. 
 
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.

Music scholarships
Performance-based scholarships for music majors based upon audition, level of music involvement and academic record. 

Art Scholarships
Performance-based scholarships for art majors based upon portfolio, personal interview, and academic record.  

Church-Related Aid

Application forms and detailed guidelines for these grants are available.

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). Link to PDF here

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 application necessary to be considered for these funds. 



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