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All applicants who apply for merit-based scholarships by the December 1 deadline will be considered whether or not test scores are submitted. Read Vanderbilt's statement regarding test-optional policy for fall 2025 applicants

Each year Vanderbilt awards merit-based scholarships to applicants who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment and intellectual promise. These students represent the top 1 percent of all first-year applicants to Vanderbilt, and with the limited number of merit scholarships available, the selection process is very competitive.

All merit-based scholarships offered at Vanderbilt are renewable through four years of undergraduate study as long as the recipient maintains satisfactory academic performance. Each of the four undergraduate schools awards a number of scholarships proportionate to the school's enrollment. Financial need is not a factor unless otherwise indicated.

Learn more about Vanderbilt's three signature scholarships:

  • Ingram Scholars — students who plan to combine a professional or business career with an exceptional commitment to civic-minded service, innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit, and leadership. The program supports students who are committed to developing their personal roles in the solution to societal problems and who have the maturity and initiative to lead positive social change.
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholars — students who combine outstanding academic achievement with strong leadership and contributions outside the classroom.
  • Chancellor's Scholars — students with outstanding high school records who have worked to build strong high school communities by bridging gaps among economically, socially, and racially diverse groups and who have demonstrated significant interest in issues of diversity education, tolerance, and social justice.

The approximately 250 recipients of these scholarships—one of our three signature scholarship programs—are guaranteed full-tuition awards plus summer stipends for study abroad, research or service projects.

Learn how to apply for our signature scholarships, find more information about other merit-based scholarships , and get answers to frequently asked questions.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships with questions at any time.

Good luck with the college search process and go 'Dores!