Belmont to enroll 25 Maplewood, Stratford students free of charge

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 1:49pm

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.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 3/26/13 at 12:25

Yet, these TIGHTWADS at Belmont will not give a penny in scholarship money to white people. A HUGE endowment, and they give crackers back to Nashville. Friggin creeps jumping on the PC bandwagon, yet no change of substance.

By: HamBoneHamBone on 3/26/13 at 1:28

You must have ESP or something. There's nothing in the article that indicates Belmont won't give a penny of scholarship money to white people. You also must have serious inside information to know that no current white students at Belmont receive scholarship money.

All that, or you are an idiot.

I choose the latter.

By: govskeptic on 3/26/13 at 4:46

This is a slick move on Belmont's part to raise the ACT Scores on their incoming
freshmen. Those get posted in the U.S. News & World College addition. Not
sure they will list the freebie's given to some to be paid for by other that pay.

By: Rasputin72 on 3/26/13 at 4:56

Belmont sure is doing a good job of merchandising their University. If these kids come from where I think they do this is a great program to get some kids a chance to get some high level government civil service jobs.

I would love to see the progress report on these kids as they go through the process.

Ludos to Belmont and good luck to the kids.

By: courier37027 on 3/26/13 at 5:35

Good move by Belmont, although Register should not have commented. So let's see if I have this correct: there is nothing wrong with a private college helping public school graduates (especially if a free ride), but no love from Register on private and/or charter high schools? Keep 'em down, Jesse.

By: tomba1 on 3/27/13 at 4:50

And just how much will the tuition increase for everybody else as Belmont adds more and more kids to the scholastic welfare list for which only a select few are eligible?? And why just 1 or 2 of the public schools? Why not all of them along with the private schools? Somebody is paying for all of this; perhaps Belmont's business school can figure out who that is. But I think we all already know.

By: Jughead on 3/27/13 at 7:18

Belmont is the stingiest school I have ever seen when it comes to scholarships. This is lip service, all for political correctness--and you nimrods took the bait. Put your stupid signs on already!