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Vanderbilt University’s Bass Military Scholars Program provides significant financial aid and programming support for an annual cohort of military veterans pursuing graduate and professional degrees and is open to students in five of Vanderbilt’s schools: The Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody CollegeSchool of Medicine and School of Nursing.

The program was established with a gift of $25 million to honor the leadership traits and commitment to service embodied by current and former members of the U.S. military.

Members of the Bass Military Scholars Program will meet regularly as a group even as participants work towards degrees in different schools. They will also participate in a range of campus service activities designed to foster military-civilian exchanges and mentorship opportunities within the broader Vanderbilt community.


The Bass Military Scholars Program is open to honorably discharged veterans — officers, and upper-level enlisted (E4 and higher) — applying to graduate and professional programs in the Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College, School of Medicine and School of Nursing. Please refer to the degree programs page to review the specific approved degree programs.


Applicants must have been honorably discharged from one of the branches of the U.S. military prior to enrollment at the University. Admissions requirements and decisions will be determined by each school.


The Bass Military Scholars Program is scheduled to launch at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, with the inaugural cohort being selected in February. Current plans allow for at least six recipients per year initially, with an anticipated size of around 40 once the Bass Military Scholars Program has been fully implemented.


  • Answer several short questions regarding your military service.
  • Upload a 2-3 minute video personal statement (using smart-phone, tablet, or other video creation technology) that addresses the following prompt: “The Bass Military Scholars Program is designed to expand scholars’ intellectual horizons in pursuit of serving their communities and their country.  How do you see yourself contributing to those efforts while a student in this program and beyond?”
  • Upload a resume (highlighting your military experiences).
  • Provide a copy of your MEMBER 4 copy of the DD 214 [Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty] or national guard equivalent (if available); or to provide a letter from your current commander summarizing your military record.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation for consideration by the committee. We encourage you to obtain a letter of recommendation that directly addresses your suitability for the Bass Military Scholars Program, but you may instead choose to identify a recommendation from your school application.
  • Provide test scores: MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, Etcetera.  Please note that scores will be evaluated by the Bass Military Scholars Selection Committee even if they are not used by the school.


A national search is currently underway for a superior former military officer to lead and develop the Bass Military Scholars Program. Learn more about the director search >


The Bass Military Scholars Program is designed to complement, not replace, other financial aid programs available to members of the military and veterans. This includes the Yellow Ribbon Program, the GI Bill and other assistance programs designed for veterans.

For more information, contact Vice Provost of Learning and Residential Affairs, Cynthia Cyrus.