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Guest Blog: Merit Scholarship Finalists and News

Posted by on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in Academic Life, Ingram Scholarship, Merit Scholarships.

Detail photo of the tile artwork that graces the breezeway behind Calhoun Hall. (Steve Green/Vanderbilt)


I am pleased to provide the following update as it relates to our major merit scholarship programs for the class entering fall 2012. Learn more about Vanderbilt’s merit scholarship opportunities through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships.

Ingram Scholarships: Fourteen finalists for this program have been identified, contacted and invited to campus for interviews taking place 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.

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 40 offers in the Chancellor’s Program.

Lanier Atlanta Scholarships: Recipients of these scholarships will be selected as part of the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship program and notified in mid-March.

Carell Scholarships: Finalists for these scholarships will be contacted by February 16 and will interview with the Carell Selection Committee on Saturday, February 25. 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 for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens. Additional information regarding our financial aid program and application procedures can be found at the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships.  Even though our priority deadline has passed, we are still accepting and giving full consideration to need-based financial aid applicants.

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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  • Ae494

    February 8th, 2012

    Hi! This is a little off topic, but any idea of when EDII letters will be sent out? I know the website says February 15th, but in years past they have been sent out early…any chance of that happening again this year? Sorry, I’m just anxiously waiting for my admission decision:) Go ‘Dores!!!!

  • Ryan Burleson

    February 8th, 2012

    Thanks for your question. EDII decision letters will be sent *by* February 15. Hang in there — I promise you’ll know more soon!

  • chc

    March 6th, 2012

    When will the merit scholarship winners be announced?

  • Ryan Burleson

    March 7th, 2012

    We are still on target to send most scholarship decisions by Mid-March.

  • Jstilly1

    March 9th, 2012

    Are both scholarship winners and the less fortunate notified, or are letters only sent to those receiving scholarships?

  • Carolyn Pippen

    March 9th, 2012

    All students who applied for scholarships will be informed of their decisions by mid-March.

  • Aegc

    March 19th, 2012

    What a way to be awarded for a noble effort.  God rewards people who help the less fortunate.

  • Aj Alvarez

    March 20th, 2012

    Thanks for the update. Lovely artwork and perfect photo.

  • Louie

    March 27th, 2012

    did the curb scholarship notifications go out yet? because I applied, but I was not notified of my status (accepted or rejected) however i received my rd acceptance letter yesterday.

  • Ryan Burleson

    March 28th, 2012

    Hi Louie. Congratulations on your admission to Vanderbilt! And, yes, Curb notifications have been distributed to those who were awarded the scholarship.

  • Abmdragon1994

    March 28th, 2012

    Have all merit scholarships been awarded and recipients notified?

  • Ryan Burleson

    March 30th, 2012

    From Brent Tener, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid and Director of Undergraduate Scholarships:

    With the exception of the Fred Russell-Grantland Rice sports writing scholarship, scholarship decisions have been made and the recipients notified. Russell-Rice finalists have been notified by e-mail and will be notified of their status by April 4.

    Competition for our merit scholarship programs continues to be intense. Awards in one of our three signature programs (Cornelius Vanderbilt, Chancellor’s and Ingram) were made to fewer than 1% of our applicants for admission. Staff and faculty from the Vanderbilt community have spent countless hours reading and discussing scholarship applications and making difficult decisions regarding award recipients.

    We appreciate everyone’s interest in Vanderbilt and best of luck. Should you have any questions, feel free to e-mail the Financial Aid office.