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In recognition of the patriotism, scholarship and leadership qualities and capabilities of veterans, Vanderbilt University launched the Bass Military Scholars Program in 2018 to provide scholarships of $25,000 per year to an annual cohort of highly talented veterans pursuing graduate and professional degrees across five Vanderbilt schools:

In addition to their studies, Bass Scholars will share their military experience in a range of campus service activities designed to foster military-civilian exchanges and expose the greater student body to military values, character, and mission focus. The program aims to enroll approximately 5-10 scholars annually toward a total program size of 40 scholars at maturity. It is a highly competitive program that values academic excellence, distinguished military service, and the potential to positively impact society after graduation.



The Bass Military Scholars Program is available to military personnel who are admitted as first-year, full-time students to one of the Vanderbilt schools above and are:

  • Honorably discharged United States military and Coast Guard veterans.*
  • An officer or enlisted service member or veteran (grades E-4 and above). *
  • An applicant to one of the Vanderbilt programs listed on our degree programs page.

*Bass Scholars applicants may apply while on active duty, however, they must be honorably discharged prior to enrollment at Vanderbilt University.

Program Specifics

  • The Bass Military Scholars program is for on-campus graduate degree programs at Vanderbilt University only. Online and part-time degree programs are not eligible.
  • The program currently awards $25,000 per year toward annual tuition costs. These funds will complement, not replace, education benefits available to individual veterans (GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program, etc.).
  • Applicants must meet their respective school admissions standards prior to consideration by the Scholar Selection Committee.
  • The Scholar Selection Committee will select scholars based on the excellence of their military record, academic history, standardized test scores (as applicable), personal video statement, and their potential to positively impact society after graduation.
  • As the five schools’ admissions processes vary, an offer of admission may precede the Bass Scholarship announcement.
  • The Bass Scholarship Application window for the 2020-21 academic year opens on August 1, 2019 and closes on February 10, 2020. All application requirements below must be complete by February, 14 2020.
  • The Scholar Selection Committee will meet in mid-March 2020 and will issue scholarship award letters on April 1, 2020.
  • Upon enrollment, the program requires Bass Scholars to participate in at least two meaningful leadership/mentorship activities each semester to expose the Vanderbilt student body and broader community to their commitment, work ethic and character.

Application Requirements

To initiate the application process or for additional information about the Bass Military Scholars Program, please enter your contact information here.

Follow up application requirements include:

  • A resume that highlights your military service.
  • An endorsement from a military leader or recent employer who knows you well. The endorsement format is here.
  • Education record (institution attended, major, grade point average, etc.).
  • Test scores (MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, etc.) as applicable.
  • A 2-3 minute video personal statement. The video guidelines are here.
  • A copy of your DD214 or National Guard equivalent. For those still on active duty, have your commander provide a short memorandum with the details of your military transition (last duty day, transition leave, and last day on active duty).
  • For the 2020-21 academic year, we encourage applicants to initiate the application process 30 days prior to the February 10, 2020 deadline.