Every year, thousands of students flock to Vanderbilt University in hopes of becoming a member of the incoming class. One thing that many of these students have in common is a concern about how to fund their college education. Students may be pleased to know that Vanderbilt offers many scholarship options to incoming and current students. In addition to school specific scholarships, students may also want to complete the FAFSA application to determine whether they qualify for any federal or state funding. Check out the list below to see if any of these Vanderbilt scholarships meet your needs:
Ingram Scholarship Program: This scholarship is one of the top awards offered at the University. In order to be considered, applicants must apply online after completing an application for Vanderbilt. All applications must be received prior to the January 1st deadline. Alternatively, current students can also be considered for this scholarship if they apply prior to the February 1st deadline. All applicants are chosen based on a combination of factors, which include leadership abilities, history of community service, and strength of character. All applicants must obtain two letters of recommendation and submit an essay. All finalists must attend an in-person interview which is held at Vanderbilt. These interviews typically occur around mid-March and the winners of the scholarship will be notified in May. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here.
Chancellor’s Scholars: These scholarships provide lucky students with complete tuition remission and a stipend that can be used for one semester of study abroad experience. This award is unique in that students who demonstrate a high level of financial need can receive additional funds. In order to be eligible, students must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average. The scholarship is renewable provided that the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA. All applicants are selected based on academic merit, leadership, diversity, and strength of character. The selection committee especially values who can clearly explain their goals. All applications must be received prior to the January 1st deadline and winners are notified in March. Additional information about this scholarships is available at this website.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship Program: This scholarship also provides complete tuition remission and a stipend that can be used to study abroad one time. The additional stipend can also be used for research experience. Regardless of whether the student uses this funding for study abroad or research, the winner must use the funding in their second or third year at Vanderbilt. All applicants must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average and maintain this GPA in order to have the scholarship renewed. In addition to these benefits, applicants are invited to take part in activities that are exclusively for high achieving students. Students are selected for this scholarship based on a combination of intellectual promise, leadership, and previous academic achievement. All applications must be submitted prior to the January 1st deadline and winners are notified in March. Additional information can be found here.