Students who were awarded the Bell Tower Scholarship in a group shot

E.S. Rose Scholarship

Bridges to Belmont

In 2007, Belmont established and funded the E.S. Rose Scholarship to honor the memory of Reverend E. S. Rose, an African-American religious and Nashville community activist who served as pastor of Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (founded in 1866) from 1928-1944.

About the E.S. Rose Scholarship

The University awards two full-tuition scholarships each academic year. In every other academic year, one additional half-tuition scholarship will be awarded. Students are chosen based on their record of academic achievement and recognition from educational leaders.

Selection is based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic accomplishment
  2. Evidence of involvement in positions of leadership in the school and community
  3. Demonstrated financial need
  4. Residency near E.S. Rose Park in the Edgehill neighborhood.

To be considered for an E.S. Rose scholarship, prospective freshmen must complete their application for admission to Belmont by our December 1 priority application deadline for merit scholarship consideration. Those students who meet that deadline, are admitted to the University, and meet Belmont’s scholarship/residency criteria, will be automatically considered for the award. Notification to scholarship recipients begins in late February.

Those students who meet the scholarship criteria and whose permanent residence is located within Metro Council districts 17, 19 and parts of 18 will be considered for the award (a map of Nashville’s council districts can be found at Highest consideration will be given to those students who live in closest proximity to E.S. Rose Park. If there are no qualified applicants meeting the residency requirements, students who are graduating seniors at any Metro Nashville Public School and who are enrolled in the free/reduced meal program will then be considered (provided they are admitted to the university and meet the general scholarship criteria) for the E.S. Rose Scholarship.

The recipient is expected to maintain a substantial course load of academic subjects; 16 semester hours is recommended (a minimum of 12 semester hours is required). A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on work completed at Belmont must be maintained. The student is also encouraged to become involved in extracurricular activities at Belmont.

At all times, it is understood that the scholarship recipient will remain in high standing in academic, social and residential areas of campus life, commensurate with the high expectations outlined above.