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30 More MNPS Students To Get Full Rides To Belmont University

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -   Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher announced Wednesday they are extending their Bridges to Belmont scholarship program next year giving thirty more students a full ride to the University.

The program selects students from Metro Nashville high schools and allows them to get a Belmont education without loans or debt.

Belmont Freshman,Quentin Wilson , is one of twenty-six student from Maplewood and Stratford High School getting a full ride to the private university.

Next year the program will also include students from Pearl Cohn and Whites Creek High Schools. It's more than a $10 million investment.

"If there are scholarship dollars available through the Hope Scholarship and Pell grants and others we take that money," Dr. Fisher said about the process. "We fill in the rest of the gap with scholarship money that I get the privilege of going out and finding for these students."  

Quentin says it's game changer.

"Coming from East Nashville a lot of kids, a lot of people and students that (are) in school they expect less just because they haven't seen people make it out," he explained. "They haven't seen people do things higher than the normal. They're used to people graduating and staying in state. Staying in the same neighborhood not going nowhere."

The opportunity at Belmont is not without its challenges.

"Sometimes I tend to give up but I push myself," Ensley said. "I've never pushed myself this hard to succeed in something that I really want."

But it's an opportunity that not only benefits the students but the entire Belmont community.

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