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Empowering Our Scholars: The University MNPS Initiative

Metro Nashville Public Schools proudly introduces the University MNPS program. A collaborative effort between MNPS and some of Nashville's most renowned educational institutions, the initiative offers an array of scholarship opportunities for our exceptional Academies of Nashville high school seniors.

"The University MNPS initiative underlines our commitment to every MNPS student. Through these partnerships, we're ensuring that our scholars' dreams of higher education are not just aspirations but realities. These pathways lead to not just degrees, but meaningful contributions to our community. This is our pledge to make sure every student is known, cared for, valued, and on a path to success." - Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Schools


Our University MNPS Partners 

Trailblazing to TSU

Tennessee State University introduces the Trailblazing to TSU program, offering up to 100 students full-ride scholarships in diverse academic disciplines. Scholarships will cover tuition, room, and board.

  • Minimum 3.2 weighted GPA 
  • 20 or higher ACT Composite Score only 
  • First Come First Serve 
  • Rolling Applications 
  • Priority Deadline: December 15, 2023 
  • Housing Application opens March 1, 2024


Nashville Grad

In collaboration with Nashville State Community College, the Nashville Grad and Nashville Flex programs seamlessly pairs the Tennessee Promise scholarships with supplemental resources.

Resources include monthly stipends, dedicated advisor support, career development services, and financial support for textbooks.

  • Resident of Davidson County


  • Application to Nashville State completed by April 19, 2024
  • Completed FAFSA for Nashville State by July 1, 2024



Bell Tower Scholars

Belmont University presents the Bell Tower Scholars program. Fifty of our scholars now have the chance to receive a Belmont education, with full-tuition, room, and board scholarships. Before their first semester, all scholars participate in a six-week Summer Academy to ensure a smooth transition and early success.

  • Minimum 3.0 weighted GPA 
  • Counselor Interest Form: November 1 
  • Application: November 15, 2023 


Lift Off to Lipscomb

Lipscomb University's mission aligns with MNPS's vision in their Lift off to Lipscomb scholarship. Ten full-tuition scholarships are tailored for those who aspire to educate the future of Nashville. These promising educators will receive unparalleled academic and experiential training, ensuring they are classroom-ready.

  • Minimum 2.75 unweighted GPA 
  • 21 or Higher ACT *Please note that some scholarships require a composite score of a 21 on the ACT. However, all students are encouraged to apply regardless of their ACT score. 
  • Major in Education at Lipscomb 
  • Priority Deadline: December 1,2023 
  • Second Deadline: February 14, 2024  


Flight to Fisk 

Beginning in the 2024-25 academic year, Fisk University is offering 10 full tuition scholarships seniors who attend business-related academies or similar pathways within their high school academy.

  • Minimum 3.3 weighted GPA 
  • 21 or higher ACT 
  • First Come First Serve 
  • Rolling Applications 
  • Deadline: December 1, 2023 
  • Early Action 2 Deadline: February 1, 2024


Vanderbilt University

A scholarship program for Metro Schools seniors who qualify will launch at Vanderbilt University in the fall of 2025.

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.

MNPS Seniors

Are you a Metro Schools senior? Be sure to read the Seniors page for resources and deadlines as you plan for college and career.