Vanderbilt and MNPS launch partnership to boost college admissions from Nashville schools

Vanderbilt University and Metro Nashville Public Schools launch partnership to boost college admissions from Nashville schools

Chancellor Diermeier and MNPS Director of Schools Adrienne Battle announced the new scholarship program, Nashville Vanderbilt Scholars, at a May 1 news conference at McGavock High School.


The program, which will launch with the admissions cycle for first-year students entering Vanderbilt in fall 2025, offers a direct cost scholarship to MNPS students who meet certain criteria.

The program pledges to:

  • Cover the direct costs at Vanderbilt, including tuition, fees, housing and meals, for any MNPS students who are admitted to Vanderbilt through Early Decision I or II and who qualify for a Federal Pell Grant or whose parent income is $100,000 or less.
  • Provide a one-time summer stipend of $6,000 after the second or third year at Vanderbilt to offset costs associated with summer internships.
  • Increase the number of MNPS graduates in Nashville who are admitted to and enroll at Vanderbilt.
  • Collaborate with MNPS college counselors, teachers and administrators to prepare more MNPS graduates to be successful in the admissions process at selective colleges and universities.

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