Vanderbilt University, Metro Schools Partner to Boosts College Admissions

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Vanderbilt University is committed to improving high performing Nashville public high school students’ access to top-tier universities, including Vanderbilt. As part of this commitment, Vanderbilt will collaborate with counselors, teachers and administrators to better guide students through the college search and admissions process through Nashville Vanderbilt Scholars—a new partnership between Vanderbilt and Metro Nashville Public Schools.

“If a student is qualified to attend Vanderbilt, we want them at Vanderbilt, and that is especially true of high-achieving students in our hometown of Nashville,” Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “Nashville Vanderbilt Scholars makes Vanderbilt more accessible to qualified local students, and this partnership with MNPS will also help more students in general get critical mentoring and information so that they can successfully apply to a college that is right for them.”

Diermeier and MNPS Director of Schools Adrienne Battle announced the new scholarship program, Nashville Vanderbilt Scholars, at a May 1 news conference at McGavock High School. The program, which will launch with the admissions cycle for first-year students entering Vanderbilt in fall 2025, offers a direct cost scholarship to MNPS students who meet certain criteria.

The program pledges to:

  • Cover the direct costs at Vanderbilt, including tuition, fees, housing and meals, for any MNPS students who are admitted to Vanderbilt through Early Decision I or II and who qualify for a Federal Pell Grant or whose parent income is $100,000 or less.
  • Provide a one-time summer stipend of $6,000 after the second or third year at Vanderbilt to offset costs associated with summer internships.
  • Increase the number of MNPS graduates in Nashville who are admitted to and enroll at Vanderbilt.
  • Collaborate with MNPS college counselors, teachers and administrators to prepare more MNPS graduates to be successful in the admissions process at selective colleges and universities.

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