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Scholarship Opportunities

O'More College of Architecture & Design

Each year, the O’More College awards a number of scholarships to incoming undergraduate students majoring in one of its academic programs. These awards are renewable for four years (five for B.Arch. majors), provided the recipient maintains all required academic and citizenship expectations.

The namesake for the O’More College of Architecture & Design is Eloise Pitts O’More. She founded the college in 1970 after studying Interior Design in Paris, France, to establish a degree program in middle Tennessee for Interior Design. Later, the College grew to include Fashion Design and Merchandising as well as Graphic Design, before merging with Belmont University in 2018. As part of merger agreements between the O’More College of Design and Belmont University, an endowed scholarship was established for students of the O'More College of Architecture & Design. Although Ms. O’More passed away in 2002 and did not directly contribute to the establishment of the endowment, her legacy lives on through this award.

Scholarship Guidelines

Deadline: Students must have their Belmont application and scholarship essay submitted by December 1 to be eligible for this Departmental Scholarship.

Shortly after submitting your application to Belmont, you will receive an email from the university titled “Departmental Scholarship Application” with a link to submit scholarship materials according to your respective program. You will only receive this email once you have completed your application and submitted all application requirements. Check in with your Application Checklist to confirm you have submitted all requirements materials to ensure you receive a link.


At the link provided, submit a PDF of one, 500-word essay that answers these two questions:

  • What is your motivation/inspiration to pursue your chosen area of study?
  • How will the award of an O’More scholarship would make a difference to you?

Frequently Asked Questions

The O’More Departmental Scholarship is awarded to incoming Fall 2024 freshman or transfer students who have demonstrated need. Only Fall incoming students with demonstrated need, based on their FAFSA filing, will be considered for this scholarship.

Current students, Spring/Summer incoming students, and international students. You must be a U.S. citizen and a Fall incoming student to be considered.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the official form that families use to apply for college financial assistance from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Education uses a family's FAFSA information to determine a student's eligibility for any institutional need-based scholarships or grants, as well as other federal and state (for Tennessee residents) financial aid opportunities.

Once your FAFSA is received by Belmont’s Office of Student Financial Services, they will create a financial aid award that could include scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work Study depending on eligibility.

This is a highly competitive, need-based scholarship. We receive a lot of essays for consideration, but, on average, we award aid to 1-3 students annually.

Recipients of this award can expect up to $4,000 worth of aid that would be awarded to them each year they are in an O'More program, meeting all academic requirements. 

Please answer both prompts in one, 500-word essay. The essay should be double-spaced in either a 10- or 12-point font that is easy to read (e.g., Arial, Times New Roman). Save your final copy as a PDF that is titled with your First Name, Last Name and Scholarship Essay (e.g., SarahCullen_ScholarshipEssay).

Please ensure that your first and last name appears at the top of your scholarship essay.

There is no portfolio requirement for scholarship consideration. Just the scholarship essay and your FAFSA filing. 

All scholarship applicants will be notified if they have been awarded scholarship funds via a letter in the mail. Students who did not receive a scholarship will also be notified in the same way.

These letters will be sent out in the spring semester. Due to the delay in FAFSA filing, students should not expect to hear back until mid-late spring.

You can reach out to your Admissions Coordinator, Sarah Cullen.

Phone: 615.460.5329