Belmont University announced on Wednesday they are expanding an educational program that provides full scholarships to dozens of Metro high school students.
Next fall the Bridges to Belmont program will offer full scholarships to an additional 30 seniors currently attending Maplewood, Stratford, Whites Creek and Pearl Cohn high schools.
Last year, 26 Metro high school students received four-year scholarships to attend the Nashville university through the program.
According to university officials, many of the recipients are first generation college students who understand the importance of continuing their education after graduating high school.
“At the heart of our mission is our desire to provide an education that changes lives,” Dr. Bob Fisher with Belmont University said.
Larry Sheffield, a Bridge Scholar who plans to teach biology at his alma mater Maplewood High, said he encourages current high school students to stay focused on their goals.
“Work hard, the grind doesn't stop after high school,” he said. “College can be a pathway to your dreams.”
Next year a total of 56 Metro public school students will receive scholarships through the Bridges to Belmont program.