The Ingram Scholar Program was conceptualized by E. Bronson Ingram who served as the Chairman of Vanderbilt University Board of Trust from 1991 to 1995 in year 1993. Through this scholarship, he wanted to encourage Vanderbilt students to build a professional career along with a focus on community service. The scholarship aims at challenging the students to develop and implement community service projects and find solutions to critical problems that plague modern society. Post Ingram’s death in 1995, his wife Martha Ingram, who serves as an Emerita Member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, has continued with his efforts.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
Scholarships are available to students who display an entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity, leadership qualities, and commitment to civic-minded service.
It can be applied along with a first-year entrance application, and the finalists have to attend an interview with the selection committee to be selected.
Throughout their years as an Ingram Scholar, students are required to maintain a twenty-hour monthly service commitment and to complete at least one summer service project.
Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to submit official scores of one of the following English language proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic.
Vanderbilt’s recommended minimum scores are a 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, a 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, a 7.0 on the IELTS, and a 70 on the PTE Academic.