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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.
  7. For Fall 2021 applicants, Belmont will be test optional. Admitted freshmen who did not submit a test score will be considered for merit scholarships on the basis of their high school GPA and overall strength of their application. Test score and GPA data provided in this document reflect the credentials of the freshman class entering Belmont in Fall 2020.


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 2020 had an average ACT composite score of 26 or SAT score of 1210, with a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.83 on a four-point scale.


Candidates for the University’s highest academic merit scholarships, such as the Archer 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 8,800 for fall 2020), with an average cumulative high school grade point average of 4.28 (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score of 34 or SAT score of 1510. 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. 

  • Archer Presidential Scholarship
  • William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship
  • Faculty Scholar


  • Jack C. Massey College of Business
  • Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business
  • Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing
  • College of Theology & Christian Ministry
  • O'More College of Architecture and Design
  • Watkins College of Art


  • Ingram Diversity Leadership Scholarship
  • National Merit Finalists
  • Leadership Scholarships
  • E.S. Rose Scholarship
  • Community Scholarship
  • Turner Scholarship


  • Athletic Scholarships
  • Music Scholarships
  • Art Scholarships

Church-Related Aid

Application forms and detailed guidelines for these grants are available online on the SFS forms webpage.

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.