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Merit Scholarship Finalists and News

Posted by on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in Scholarships and Financial Aid.


I am pleased to provide the following update as it relates to our major merit scholarship programs for the entering Fall 2011 class. Learn more about Vanderbilt’s merit scholarship opportunities through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships.

Ingram Scholarships: Eighteen finalists for this program have been identified, contacted and will be invited to campus for interviews February 19 – 21. The Ingram Scholarship Program recognizes students who plan to combine a professional or business career with an exceptional commitment to community service. The Ingram program supports students who are committed to developing their personal roles in the solution to societal problems and who have the maturity and initiative to lead positive social change.

Lanier Atlanta Scholarships: Ten finalists for this program have been identified, contacted and will be invited to interview for the scholarship on Saturday, February 12, in Atlanta. Approximately 2 scholarships are awarded annually to graduates of secondary schools in the Georgia counties of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale.

Cornelius Vanderbilt and Chancellor’s Scholarships: Scholarship committees will review these applications during the month of February with notification to all awardees by mid-March. We anticipate that we will make approximately 140 offers (proportional by Vanderbilt undergraduate school) in the Cornelius Vanderbilt Program and approximately 50 offers in the Chancellor’s Program.

Carell Scholarships: Finalists for these scholarships will be contacted by February 17 and will interview with the Carell Selection Committee on Saturday, February 26. The Carell Family Scholarships are awarded to students who have held part-time employment during their high school years and demonstrate financial need. We anticipate that we will make 2 – 3 Carell Scholarship offers.

Curb Leadership Scholarships: The Curb Leadership Scholarships are awarded to students who place creativity at the center of their lives and use their talents and leadership to transform their communities. Scholarship committees will review potential candidates for this scholarship program during the month of February with notification to all awardees by mid-March.  We anticipate that we will make 8 – 10 offers  in the Curb Program.

Need-Based Financial Assistance: The majority of financial assistance awarded to undergraduate students at Vanderbilt is in the form of need-based financial aid. We are committed to making Vanderbilt affordable with our need-blind admissions policy and our commitment to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need without the use of loans. Additional information regarding our financial aid program and application procedures can be found at the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships.  Be sure to be aware of our priority deadlines to file for need-based assistance.

Feel free to contact our office at should you have any questions regarding merit or need-based financial aid opportunities at Vanderbilt.


Brent Tener

Director of Undergraduate Scholarships

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  • Aimee

    February 2nd, 2011

    This isn’t really related to this post, but do you know if EDII results have any chance of coming out early?
    I know EDI letters got sent out a day early so I was just curious.
    Also have decisions already been made or are you still going through the applications?

  • Kylie

    February 2nd, 2011

    Aimee: The latest possible mail date is February 15th. However, last year we mailed on February 6th. We will post on the blog as soon as ED II decisions are out the door. We have ED II committee on Friday, February 4th. After that we will need several days for letter checking and other administrative items.

  • Chuck

    February 3rd, 2011

    Hi Kylie: how does National Merit Finalist process work? My son applied for a merit scholarship, and will learn in February if he is a National Merit Finalist. Do we update Vanderbilt – he did designate Vandy as first choice – and then what is the process of hearing back?

  • Kylie

    February 4th, 2011

    Chuck: Provided a National Merit Finalist selects Vanderbilt as their first choice by National Merit’s deadline, no further action is required on the part of the student. National Merit will include the student’s name on our roster.

  • Nicole

    February 4th, 2011

    Hi Kylie,

    I am an ED2 student and I was wondering if decisions could possibly be mailed out next week (the week of Feb 7)?


  • Kylie

    February 4th, 2011

    Nicole: At present it looks as if ED II letters will mail either February 11th (Friday) or February 14th (Monday). Keep checking our blog for updates.

  • Ian

    February 5th, 2011

    I submitted my Cornelius Scholarship App in December. I never received a confirmation email though? Does it mean it never went through? Because after I submitted the app, it said “Thank you for applying” or something like that. Thanks

  • Kylie

    February 6th, 2011

    Ian: To check the status of your application, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships.