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Prospective Scholars


First year students who achieve academic distinction during their first semester at Vanderbilt are invited to apply to the Peabody Scholars Program.  The Peabody Scholars Honors Program was established to offer particularly promising undergraduates at Peabody College opportunities for holistic flourishing through intellectual adventure, community service and research.

To graduate with Honors through Peabody Scholars, scholars need to earn 24 points within the program.  Scholars earn points from a series of required components as well as optional enrichment programming. All freshman Peabody Scholars participate in a three credit honors seminar during the spring semester. In the sophomore year, Scholars work together on a meaningful immersive service project in the local community. Peabody Scholars are offered a summer stipend (between sophomore and junior years) to support engagement in an individual service-learning project (either domestic or abroad). In the junior year, Scholars engage in an independent research project with a Peabody professor. Senior Scholars participate in monthly scholarly and cultural events, and have the opportunity to work on a capstone project related to their field of study. Peabody Scholars also offers professional development, networking, mentoring, and more.  In sum, the Peabody Scholars Program offers a rich array of enrichment experiences and opportunities.

Peabody freshmen may apply for the Peabody Scholars Program in the fall of their first semester at Vanderbilt. Selections will be made prior to the beginning of the spring semester. To be accepted into the program, students must have a first-semester GPA of 3.6.  To remain in good standing in the program, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 each semester, and have a final combined GPA of at least 3.4 at graduation. Further information on the Peabody Scholars Program may be obtained from Professor Megan Saylor in the Department of Psychology and Human Development.  


Peabody Scholars Fall 2020 Application

Applications are currently OPEN.

Applications due Sunday, November 28th.