Belmont University announced today that the Bridges to Belmont full scholarship program would be expanded from 30 students entering in fall 2014 to 34 students for fall 2015. The 34 scholarship recipients from four Metro Nashville high schools—Maplewood, Stratford, Whites Creek and Pearl Cohn—were informed of their scholarship offers earlier this month following an extensive application and interview process.
Bridges to Belmont reflects a deliberate step on the part of Belmont’s administration to enhance the University’s cultural and ethnic diversity while also continuing efforts to provide higher education to students in Davidson County. Bridges to Belmont Scholars, many of whom are first-generation college students, each are awarded a full four-year scholarship that covers tuition, room, board, required fees and books (from state and federal grants as well as Belmont scholarship funds.) Throughout their higher education experience, they also are given academic support and peer mentors.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “The Bridges program clearly reflects Belmont’s mission to provide a transformative education to men and women of diverse backgrounds, but it also demonstrates our commitment to serve our city. Nashville gives so much to Belmont – this is our chance to give back by investing in these high-potential young people from our community.”
Service Corps, a Belmont student organization dedicated to providing student experiences in the music and entertainment industries, took 22 members to this year’s Grammy Week in Los Angeles. While there, students had the opportunity to take part in a variety of hands-on industry experiences that placed them directly in the excitement of the events. And two students connected to Belmont even performed on the red carpet during a Grammy pre-telecast event on E.
Fifteen students participated as talent escorts in the two-day Grammy Radio Row, an event where celebrities and their teams interview with stations all over the U.S. All 22 students participated as escorts for Friday’s MusiCares Gala on the red carpet. On Saturday, students participated in the Grammy Special Merit red carpet and awards show to assist with event logistics, and on Sunday students worked the Grammy red carpet as escorts to nominees and guests of the Recording Academy.
College of Entertainment and Music Business Dean Doug Howard said, “Belmont University always has a presence at the Grammys through our talented alumni being recognized for their great work. What many may not know is that for the past 15 years, our students have had the opportunity to work behind the scenes at Grammy Week through Service Corps―a student organization that volunteers for industry events ranging from CMA Fest to Sundance. I’m so proud of our students who have consistently demonstrated a high level of professionalism through the years at our industry’s highest profile events. And we are very grateful to NARAS and Rogers & Cowan for continuing to give our students these remarkable experiences.” (more…)
Belmont University invites alumni, friends and family to attend Homecoming 2015 Feb. 26-28 for a variety of special events. The celebration, centered on the theme “Destination Belmont,” will feature the first Bruin Spirit Walk, two basketball games, a campus-wide canned food drive supporting Second Harvest Food Bank, a homecoming concert and a pep rally and bonfire. For a complete list of all Belmont Homecoming 2015 events and an opportunity to register, click here.
Julie Thomas, associate director of Alumni Relations, said, “Homecoming at Belmont University continues to grow into a true celebration of university life, and Homecoming 2015 is no exception. We view our alumni as part of our extended family, and we hope they will come home to experience the music, art, sports and friendships reminiscent of their time at Belmont. To quote the author John Ed Pearce, ‘Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to.’ It’s time to come home and fall in love with Belmont all over again.” (more…)
With a mission to promote and celebrate cultural awareness on Belmont’s campus, the University’s Black Student Association (BSA) has announced a series of campus-wide events to celebrate Black History Month. This year’s theme is Renewal: Roots, Renaissance, Rights and the week’s festivities are planned as a way to explore and celebrate all aspects of black culture.
On Friday, Feb. 6, BSA kicked off February’s schedule of events with Roots: Celebration of Africa, an event that featured a Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble, as well as a fashion show honoring African kings and queens.
President of Belmont’s BSA chapter Briana August said the celebration of Black History Month is very important to the cultural enrichment of the University. “BSA has planned events that will educate, inspire and challenge the Belmont community,” August said. “While we wholeheartedly believe that black history is very much American history and should be celebrated every day, we are excited to spend the month of February exploring the several different and fascinating facets of black culture and history. If at each event, at least one person learns something new or finds themselves outside of their comfort zone, I believe we have done our job.”
While most were sound asleep in their beds Friday night, more than 110 Belmont students were wide awake, playing games and raising more than $47,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The event, appropriately named “Up ‘Til Dawn,” started at midnight and lasted until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. St. Jude is Belmont’s Greek Life philanthropy, but the event was planned by a campus-wide Up ‘Til Dawn Executive Board and was open to any student who individually raised $100 and could manage to stay awake all night.
“Up ‘Til Dawn” is the culmination of other campus events that have raised awareness all year.The event featured several activities including amazing race and arcade style games, a pancake breakfast, a silent disco and the chance to meet a St. Jude’s patient, among others. Several students even had their heads shaved to support the cause. Finally, the total amount raised was revealed onstage: $47,803.27.
“As an executive board member, for me, the best part was revealing our total and watching the shock and awe on the faces of the students after they saw what they had accomplished. It was in that moment that I think it hit everyone just what we had achieved,” said sophomore Resident Outreach Chair Rebecca Green.
St. Jude Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, was opened in 1962, and since then, overall childhood cancer survival rates have increased from 20 percent to more than 80 percent. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. To learn more about this cause, click here.
“It was our very first year doing this, so we honestly were just hoping we would raise $25,000 and get at least 100 people to show up. We completely surpassed that goal though,” said Events and Logistics Director Giovanna Cervantes. “We were in the top five fundraising schools for ‘Up ‘Til Dawn.’ Belmont, with just 7,300 students, raised more money than schools with 15,000 students or more. That just proves what an amazing community we have and the heart of this school.”
With the extreme success the event saw, student leaders said they are hopeful the momentum created for St. Jude won’t stop here. “This is a great learning experience for Belmont students and gives them an opportunity to support an amazing cause. We hope for Belmont to continue ‘Up ‘Til Dawn,’ so that this may be an annual event that exceeds $47,000 every year,” said senior Executive Director Maddy Grossl.
To see the video of “Up ‘Til Dawn,” click here.