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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 values academic excellence, distinguished military service, and the potential to positively impact society after graduation.

The program is highly competitive and aims to award approximately 5-10 scholars annually.



The Bass Military Scholars Program is available to veterans who are admitted as first-year, full-time students to one of the Vanderbilt participating degree programs listed 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 and must be honorably discharged prior to the first class day at Vanderbilt University (August). 

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 cost of attendance. 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.
  • The Bass Scholarship Application window is open from August to February 14th of the year of entry. For example, candidates interested in entering summer/fall 2020 may start applying August 2019 and have until February 14, 2020 to submit their application and materials.
  • The Scholar Selection Committee will meet in mid-March and will issue scholarship award letters on April 1st.
  • 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.


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