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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are online programs eligible?
A: No. The Bass Military Scholars program is for on-campus graduate degree programs at Vanderbilt University only. Online degree programs are not eligible.

Q: Will the funds from this scholarship replace other educational benefits available to veterans?
A: No. 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.).

Q: When can I apply for the scholarship?
A: The Bass Scholarship application window for the 2020-21 academic year opens on August, 1 2019 and closes on February 14, 2020.

Q: Can I apply to a graduate program and the scholarship simultaneously?
A: Yes, but applicants must meet their respective school admissions standards prior to receiving consideration by the Scholar Selection Committee. As the five schools’ admissions processes vary, an offer of admission may precede the Bass Scholarship announcement.

Q: How are scholars selected? How many will you select?
A: 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. We expect to select approximately 10 scholars for 2020-21 academic year.

Q: When will scholars be selected?
A: The Scholar Selection Committee will meet in mid-March of 2020 and will issue scholarship award letters on April 1, 2020.

Q: Once selected, are there any other requirements for scholars other than meeting the academic requirements of their respective programs?
A: Yes. 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.