NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Belmont University announced Tuesday they have received a $10 million donation for a scholarship.
The donation was made by HCA chairman and CEO Milton Jonson and his wife Denice.
The money will be used to create the “R. Milton and Denice Johnson Bridges to Belmont Endowed Scholarship Fund.”
Initially launched in 2013, the “Bridges to Belmont” initiative was designed to enroll qualified, high potential students from Metro public schools who may not have previously been able to consider the university as an option for college.
Milton said he was once offered a similar scholarship when he was in college and now wants to pay it forward to others.
“My Belmont scholarship was a life-changing experience for me, and we want other Nashville public high school graduates to have the same opportunities at Belmont. We want these students to know that Belmont believes in them—we believe in them—and there are no limits to what they can achieve in life,” he said in part.
Earlier this year, it was announced the “Bridges to Belmont” program would offer the scholarship to 34 students entering college this fall.