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Military Programs

Bass Military Scholars Program

Vanderbilt Peabody College is one of five graduate schools at Vanderbilt chosen to participate in the Bass Military Scholars Program. The program is funded by a $25 million gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation, which will provide financial assistance and programming for military veterans. 


  • Apply by the December 31st priority Deadline
  • Admission to one of the 14 different M.Ed. programs offered on campus
  • Apply to the Bass Scholarship by the January 10th deadline (application open on an individual basis when admission criteria met)
  • Veteran status with honorable discharge OR active military status transitioning to veteran status prior to orientation
  • Commit to active engagement as a Bass Scholar during enrollment at Vanderbilt

The Bass Military Scholars Program is designed to complement, not replace, other financial aid programs available to members of the military and veterans.  This includes the Yellow Ribbon Program, the G.I. Bill and other assistance programs designed for active-military and veterans.

VA Yellow Ribbon Program

Chapter 33 students with a 100% percentage of eligibility (POE) entitlement who are not on active duty are eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program provided that they are not receiving a Fry scholarship. The Yellow Ribbon Program supplements the Post 9/11 GI Bill and helps veterans to bridge the gap between the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit and the actual cost of tuition and fees. 

At Vanderbilt, the Yellow Ribbon Program provides undergraduate and graduate/professional students up to $12,000 additional tuition dollars per year ($6,000 from Vanderbilt and $6,000 in matching funds from VA). Eligible students in the Law School and in the Owen School of Management receive up to $20,000 per academic year ($10,000 from Vanderbilt and $10,000 in matching funds from the VA). In some schools, Yellow Ribbon awards may reduce, or be reduced by, other institutional aid awarded. Students currently on Active Duty are not eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The university will review its Yellow Ribbon commitment each year. Participation levels may vary in future years.

Questions regarding the certification of Veteran's educational benefits should be directed to