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Belmont Expands Fully-Funded Four-Year ‘Bridges’ Degree Program for Metro Students

‘Bridges to Belmont’ scholarship opportunities provide potential $10 million+ investment in educating Nashville students

Student Larry Sheffield shares what the Bridges program has meant to him this semester.

Student Larry Sheffield shares what the Bridges program has meant to him this semester.

With an application deadline set for Dec. 16, Belmont University announced today that it is expanding its Bridges to Belmont scholarship program from 26 Nashville students in the 2013-14 charter class to 30 current high school seniors for next fall’s freshman class. With the selection of the next 30 Bridges scholars, the program will provide the Davidson County students–many of whom are first generation college students—unprecedented opportunities for higher education and future careers.

Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “At the heart of Belmont’s mission is our desire to provide a transformative education to our students in the hopes that they can then take their skills, passions and talents and make a difference in the world around them. I honestly can’t think of a better example of us living out that mission than what we are doing with the Bridges program. I’m thrilled to have these local students as part of the Belmont community.”

Launched in March 2013, Bridges to Belmont is a program designed to enroll high potential students from Metro Nashville Public Schools who may not have previously been able to consider Belmont as an option. As a participant in the “Bridges to Belmont” program, all of the students’ expenses—tuition, room, board, required fees and books—that are not covered by state or federal grant resources are provided via scholarships from Belmont for four consecutive academic years, translating to a potential investment by Belmont that could exceed $10 million in the first four years of the program. Fisher added, “I have been thrilled by the response of donors who have become enthusiastic givers to support these kids.”

Metro Nashville Public Schools' Director Dr. Jesse Register thanks Belmont President Bob Fisher for the Bridges program.

Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Director Dr. Jesse Register thanks Belmont President Bob Fisher for the Bridges program.

Enrollment eligibility for Bridges scholars then follows the standard satisfactory academic progress expectations of all students.

“The Bridges to Belmont program is a life-changing opportunity for our students,” said Metro Schools’ Director Dr. Jesse Register. “They know with hard work, they can achieve their dream of a college education. It is an investment in their future and the community, and we appreciate everyone at Belmont who has worked to develop and expand this program.”


Belmont, Lipscomb Pharmacy Students Warn of Dangers of Prescription Drugs

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Belmont and Lipscomb APhA members

Belmont and Lipscomb pharmacy students visited Hume Fogg High School last week to educate students on drug abuse through the Generation Rx program, which educates youth to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and addiction occurring in the United States.

Both universities’ American Pharmacists Association (APhA) chapters presented on the important issue. The event featured a video highlighting the use of prescription drugs by teenagers and responses by their families as well as recent statistics and addictive trends that are occurring among high school students.  Students also participated in a game show competition emphasizing key topics presented.

“The event was a tremendous success. The students at Hume Fogg were very engaged, and it was fun to see the two colleges come together and work so well on such an important issue,” College of Pharmacy Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Kelley Kiningham said. “Our goal is to have this outreach effort grow across Nashville and surrounding counties.  Raising awareness to this presentation provided by our APhA students will hopefully bring other middle/high schools to the table to allow us to promote awareness and education related to prescription drug abuse among those populations.”

Espy: ‘God at Work’ During Troubled Times

Mike EspyProminent attorney Mike Espy shared with students his rise to notoriety as well as the infamous fall that brought him closer to God during chapel on Wednesday.

“What happens when you run into trouble and you do everything you can to get out of it? There is no answer on your own timetable, and you fall deeper into the muck and mud. Faith is tested, really tested,” Espy said. “At your show down, God shows up, and together you show out.”

The Mississippi native ran for Congress in 1985 to represent a poor district where the people who would vote for him could not afford to donate to his campaign. At 29, he became the youngest House Representative and the first African-American Congressman elected in Mississippi since Reconstruction.  A decade later, President Bill Clinton appointed him to serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The first African-American to hold that cabinet position, Espy said he was expected to “do nothing slowly,” but within days responded to deaths caused by under-cooked hamburgers at a national fast-food chain as well as a 500-year flood and negotiated tariff and trade quotas with other countries.

Then trouble came, and Espy was accused of receiving improper gifts, including football tickets, and was investigated by the FBI.

“I went from calling presidents and prime ministers to not being able to call a cab,” he said. (more…)

Belmont, Tennessee World Affairs Council Hosts Screening of Human Trafficking Documentary

Panelists discuss "Not My Life" following a screening of the documentary.

Panelists discuss “Not My Life” following a screening of the documentary.

Belmont University’s Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education and the College of Business Administration Center for International Business hosted on Monday the Tennessee World Affairs Council’s screening of “Not My Life,” a documentary on human trafficking written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheime.

More than 80 people attended the event held in the Massey Performing Arts Center, including Belmont students, students from area colleges, members of the public and area agencies who work to stop human trafficking. “Not My Life” is the first film comprehensively to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of global human trafficking and modern slavery. The screening was part of a nationwide program sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and made possible by a grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation.

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life features more than 50 interviews with trafficking victims and their advocates in government, law enforcement, civil society, and the private sector. It includes the stories of 10 year-old girls raped in truck stops in the United States and brothels in India, street beggars in Africa, and domestic servants in Washington, D. C. to  take viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine, let alone accept. (more…)

Students Take Classroom Outside During ‘Wash and Roll’

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Marion Pierce (center) has his wife drive him 90 miles to Belmont to have his wheelchair serviced during Wash and Roll.

Occupational and physical therapy students took their classroom learning outside during a community service project on Tuesday. During Wash and Roll, dozens of wheelchair users had their power chairs cleaned and serviced free-of-charge by students and faculty from Belmont’s Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs and local equipment dealers.

“This collaboration of physical therapy and occupational therapy was to get students involved in community service with an underserved population. Because once they get a wheelchair from insurance, they can get serviced once a year, but it is difficult to find place to get it done,” said Occupational Therapy Assistant Professor Teresa Plummer. “No one just cleans and services chairs, so families of people with medical disability have to do it on their own.”

The service is so rare that Barbara Pierce drove her husband, Marion, 90 miles from Winchester, Tenn. to Belmont’s campus to have his five-year-old wheelchair evaluated and cleaned.


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