New scholarship boosts the business school’s significant resources for veterans

The Owen Graduate School of Management is one of five graduate schools at Vanderbilt University to participate in the new Bass Military Scholars Program. The program is funded by a $25 million gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation, which will provide financial aid and programming support for military veterans at five of Vanderbilt’s graduate schools: Owen, the Law School, Peabody College, the School of Medicine, and the School of Nursing.

Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, the Bass Military Scholars Program will fund at least six scholarships for veterans. Once fully endowed, the Bass Military Scholars Program is expected to support a cohort of 40 students annually among the five schools and colleges. This gift builds on an enduring commitment by Vanderbilt and the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation to educate and support military officers and veterans.

Transitioning military and former military veterans find Vanderbilt a welcoming place to pursue a graduate business degree.Members of the Bass Military Scholars Program across the different schools will meet regularly as a group. They will also participate in a range of campus service activities designed to foster military-civilian exchanges and mentorship opportunities within the broader Vanderbilt community.

The Bass Military Scholars Program will augment the Owen School’s existing resources for veterans. Owen already offers the Taylor Force Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial support for deserving students. The scholarship gives preferences first to graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, then to graduates of the United States Air Force Academy or the United States Naval Academy.

The Owen School is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that helps veterans attend public and private schools. The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays veterans all resident tuition & fees for a public school, or the lower of the actual tuition & fees or the national maximum per academic year for a private school. Degree-granting institutions of higher learning that participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, such as the Owen School, make additional funds available for veterans’ education program without an additional charge to their GI Bill entitlement.

For more about the Bass Military Scholars Program, including eligibility requirements, click here.