“Realizing Dreams of Music” - The Melinda Doolittle Music Scholarship at Belmont University

Melinda is extremely interested in assisting students to pursue higher education. For this reason we, at Melinda’s Backups™, have decided to start an endowed scholarship in her name. A scholarship is a gift that will last a lifetime as it makes it possible for students to achieve their educational and career dreams. An endowed scholarship is even more than that … it provides a permanent and personal way for Melinda and for us to make a difference in the lives of Belmont University students.

NEWSFLASH! We have made our INITIAL Target and have reached the minimum amount for Endowment

We at Melinda’s Backups™ are extremely proud to announce that the scholarship fund has now reached the minimum amount for endowment, and that we will shortly start to award scholarships to students. In order to celebrate this achievement, Belmont University are hosting an event entitled “Insiders View with Melinda Doolittle” on April 4, 2012 at 10am CST at the Massey Performing Arts Center at Belmont University. The event is open to the public and will end at 11am. We hope you can make it.

If you have been one of the Donors to this scholarship, there is further news for you at our forum. Please view the announcements there

Christmas at Belmont 2007 with Melinda in a chocolate brown dressThe Scholarship will support a Belmont University talented undergraduate vocalist enrolled in the Commercial Music Program who has demonstrable financial difficulties. There are many talented, aspiring young vocalists who cannot afford to pursue a college education there, but contributors to this scholarship will help alleviate at least part of the financial burden for a deserving student. Every year, the Melinda Doolittle Music Scholarship will make a difference in the life of one of these gifted students.

Endowed funds differ from others; instead of the entire amount of the gift being spent outright, the total amount of the gift is invested. Each year, only a portion of the invested income earned is spent while the remainder is added to the original principal. An endowment is a perpetual gift because only the interest is used for the scholarship while the principle continues to grow. It is a wonderful way to link Melinda’s legacy with the future of Belmont University forever. This means that more students like Melinda will gain access to the Belmont experience, and that we will contribute to their “big dreams.” By investing in our youth, we change the world.

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Belmont University School of Music

Belmont UniversityLocated in the heart of Nashville, just a few steps from Music Row, Belmont University is one of the largest private universities in Tennessee.

Music students at Belmont receive excellent training which builds on their existing skills and talents and provides them with opportunities to further explore and expand their musical interest and abilities. The School of Music has a tradition of a strong choral program but is also home to one of the first commercial music programs in the country.

Commercial Music majors select an emphasis in Composition and Arranging, Music Business, Music Technology or Performance to prepare for careers as performing artists in various styles in the world of popular music.  This major also prepares students for careers as composters, arrangers, and studio musicians, as wells as for work in music technology and other fields in the industry which require musical skills.


Be Part of the Amazing Project

Join us in our efforts to not only honor a wonderful individual like Melinda, but to help students live their dreams! In order to allocate the funds directly to this project, you can link directly to the secure online donation form at Belmont University by clicking here and enter the gift designation "scholarship" and the scholarship name "Melinda Doolittle Music Scholarship".

For donations from outside the USA, please download the printable donation form, include it with your check or credit card payment ( Please make all checks payable to Belmont University, and make a note in the memo section of the check that your donation is for the Melinda Doolittle Music Scholarship.) and mail it to:

Development Office
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212-3757

You can also donate by telephone, call the Belmont University Development Office at (+1) 615-460-5517.

All donations to the Melinda Doolittle Music Scholarship at Belmont University are tax deductible.

Please email us if you have any questions or need assistance.

For the latest news regarding the Melinda Doolittle Music Scholarship, pleasejoin our Community and visit the "Music Scholarship" forum.


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