Belmont University will be enrolling 25 students from Maplewood High School and Stratford High School next school year — at no cost to the students.
On Tuesday, the university announced the Bridges to Belmont program, an initiative to enroll more Metro Nashville Public Schools students. The program will start with a group of students from Maplewood and Stratford next year, but may expand to other MNPS schools.
The selected students will also live and work on campus during the summer as part of a summer immersion program. Principals at each high school will nominate students for the 2013-2014 charter class.
“The Bridges to Belmont program will be life-changing for the students selected,” said MNPS Director Jesse Register. “The opportunity to attend Belmont tuition-free, as well as participate in the summer transition program, is a tremendous example of how the community can and does support our schools and our students.”
Belmont President Bob Fisher said the university wants to “step up” and provide opportunities for high school students who normally couldn’t afford college. Belmont will cover all room, board, tuition and book costs for the students.