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Guest Blog: Merit Scholarships Update

Posted by on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to provide a brief update regarding the selection process for the Cornelius Vanderbilt and Chancellor’s Scholarship awards. As of this afternoon we have notified recipients of the Cornelius Vanderbilt and Chancellor’s Scholarship awards by both e-mail and letter. Applicants who were not selected for either program will only receive an e-mail notification. A total of 53 Chancellor’s Scholarship and 130 Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship offers have been made. Please note that decisions regarding Cornelius Vanderbilt recipients who have applied to the Blair School of Music are still being finalized. Recipients will be notified in the next couple of weeks.

Central Library, where the floor features an interactive graphic comprised of search terms being entered in real time by library visitors (Credit: Creative Services)

Competition for our merit scholarship programs continues to be intense. Awards in one of our three signature programs (Cornelius Vanderbilt, Chancellor’s and Ingram) are being 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 continue to be humbled by the overwhelming response to our signature merit programs and we are amazed at the quality of the applicant pools. Over 4,500 students applied for the Cornelius Vanderbilt program and over 900 applied for the Chancellor’s Scholarship program. This is in addition to the over 900 students who applied for the Ingram Scholarship program.

Thank you for your interest in Vanderbilt! Should you have any questions, feel free to e-mail our office.


Brent Tener

Director of Undergraduate Scholarships

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