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Merit Scholarships



Merit Scholarship Overview


  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 40-45% of those students admitted as freshmen will receive a merit scholarship.


General Merit and Departmental Awards

Those students presenting the strongest credentials in all of these criteria are most likely to receive a general merit and/or departmental scholarship:

  • Completion of strong college preparatory curriculum
  • Un-weighted core GPA of 3.50 or higher (English, Math, Science, Social Studies  and Foreign Language)
  • Un-weighted cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Top 10% of class rank if applicable or provided by a school counselor
  • ACT composite of 28 or above or SAT composite of 1260 or above (composite score of Critical Reading and Math only)
  • Significant individual achievement as evidenced by depth and breadth of extracurricular involvement and demonstrated leadership.
General Academic Merit Scholarships

Merit-based award ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per year.  Awarded to admitted freshmen in successive rounds until funds are exhausted.  For specific timeline of scholarship awarding, go here.

Glover Accounting Scholarships

Merit-based scholarship for freshman students in the College of Business Administration who major in accounting and meet the scholarship criteria listed above.  This award can be combined with a General Academic Merit Scholarship.

Glover Business Scholarships

Merit-based scholarship for freshman students in the College of Business Administration majoring in any non-accounting business degree and meet the scholarship criteria listed above.  This award can be combined with a General Academic Merit Scholarship.

Named Scholarships

Those students presenting the strongest credentials in all of these criteria are most likely to receive one of Belmont’s named (and most competitive) scholarships:

  • Completion of strong college preparatory curriculum
  • Un-weighted core GPA of 3.50 or higher (English, Math, Science, History and Language)
  • Un-weighted cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Top 10% of class rank- ACT composite of 29 or above or SAT composite of 1290 or above (composite score of Critical Reading and Math only)
  • Significant individual achievement as evidenced by depth and breadth of extracurricular involvement and demonstrated leadership.

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.


William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship

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


Ingram Diversity Leadership Scholarship

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


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.


Faculty Scholar

Awarded to approximately 75 freshmen with outstanding academic, extra-curricular and leadership records.  Worth $15,000 per year.  

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

All freshman applicants whose applications are complete by the December 1 priority deadline will be considered for these awards.

Turner Scholarships

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


Leadership Scholarships

Twenty-five $2000 awards to incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities as evidenced through the resume of activities.

E.S. Rose Park Scholarships

Half- and full-tuition scholarships for deserving incoming freshmen with demonstrated need who live in proximity to E.S. Rose Park in Nashville.   

Community Scholarships

Half-tuition scholarships awarded for deserving incoming freshmen with demonstrated need and above average academic credentials who live in proximity to the Belmont University campus. Awarded on a bi-annual basis.


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/

Tuition Discount Grant

Dependent students of full-time employees of entities of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Tennessee Baptist Convention eligible for $250 per semester.

Church-Related Vocational Grant

Students who are members of a church affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and who wish to pursue a career in a church-related vocation; i.e., pastoral, education, music, youth, or mission ministries are eligible for $250 per semester.

Church-University Matching Grant

Students who are members of a church affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist convention and receive financial support from their church are eligible for a matching contribution from Belmont up to $250 per semester.


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. http://www.belmont.edu/sfs/



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