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Trustee Scholarship

Each year, 10 incoming freshmen are selected for this prestigious full-tuition scholarship through an interview and application process.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for this scholarship, you must have scored a 30 or higher on the ACT, 1360 or better on the SAT or a 92 or higher on the CLT, including superscores. Additionally, applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 through the 2021-2022 school year, weighted GPAs will be considered. If you receive this scholarship, you are required to live on campus and maintain a GPA of 3.25 or better. This scholarship is not stackable with any other institutional aid. Students who apply to the university as test optional must submit an official test score to be eligible for this scholarship.

Application Instructions

The application for fall 2023 will open October 15, 2022. The application submission deadline was January 13, 2023. Students must be admitted to the university prior to applying. 

The following items are required to apply for the Trustee Scholarship:

  1. Complete the Trustee Scholarship application form by following the button link above and provide a recent picture of yourself.
  2. Résumé - A one-page résumé outlining your education, leadership through school, church involvement, work experience and community involvement, and any noteworthy honors or achievements. Your résumé will be evaluated on content and professionalism.
  3. Essay - The essay portion of the Trustee Scholarship application will allow us to assess your ability to interact with a topic thoughtfully, think critically and write clearly for a public audience. 
  4. Personal Video - This one to two minute video telling us a little about yourself and why you are interested in attending Lipscomb. The video will not be evaluated on production quality, but should focus on you as a person.
  5. Interview - Select Trustee Scholarship applicants will complete an interview with several members of the selection committee, which is made up of Lipscomb faculty, staff and current students. Interview dates are forthcoming and are planned to be in person. Interviews will take place January 27, February 3 and February 25. All interviews will be conducted in person.

Once we have received all of the items listed above and process your application, we will contact you via email to schedule your interview if selected. Interview dates and times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your application materials as soon as possible and check your email to secure your preferred date.

Meet Our Trustee Scholars: Freshman Class

Audrey Birdwell

Audrey Birdwell

Major: Molecular Biology
Hometown: Cookeville, Tennessee

Why did you choose Lipscomb?
In my college journey, my main goal was to find a school that taught science and faith in harmony. Lipscomb’s faith-driven academics are exceptional and drew me to the school!

Natalie Blickensderfer

Natalie Blickensderfer

Major: Entrepreneurship and Finance
Hometown: Plano, Texas

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?
I am involved in the American Marketing Association, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, Student Center for the Public Trust and Collins Scholars.

Brady Bryson

Brady Bryson

Major: Entrepreneurship and Theology
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

What are your future plans?
I plan to own my own real estate brokerage while also traveling and teaching the Bible.

Adelaide Cahill

Adelaide Cahill

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Escondido, California

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
One of my favorite memories I've made so far was my first gospel choir practice. I love singing in the choir. It was something I really enjoyed in high school. Being in the choir is such an amazing time. In the midst of a busy week, without any distractions, we spend two hours just worshiping God with our voices.

Carter Colton

Colton Carter

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Gallatin, Tennessee

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
My favorite memory so far at Lipscomb would have to be the Bell Tower Social during QuestWeek. I had the best rolled ice cream of my life from one of the various options of dessert trucks. The laughs I shared with my friends that night were some of the best ever. The whole atmosphere that night was just very special.

Isabella Coleman

Isabella Coleman

Major: Neurobiology
Hometown: Athens, Tennessee

What are your future plans?
I plan to earn my bachelor’s degree in neurobiology so that I can later enter an accredited physician assistant program.

Meredith Leslie

Meredith Leslie

Major: Psychology and Spanish
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

What are your future plans?
I want to become a clinical psychologist and help children who are struggling with mental illness.

Olver Raegyn

Raegyn Oliver

Major: Art Therapy
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

What are your future plans?
To become a renowned artist and open my own clinic.

Rachel Shannon

Rachel Shannon

Major: English & Studio Art (Double Major)
Hometown: Kennesaw, Georgia

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
I haven't been at Lipscomb for too long, but I absolutely love being here and I love all of the students. I have never been in a place with such a variety of fascinating, artistic and welcoming individuals. The events that Student Life organizes from the Boot Scootin' dance to Wednesday Nights We Eat to Quest Week in general have been amazing.

Joseph Shulam

Joseph Shulam

Major: Law, Justice and Society
Hometown: Mount Juliet, Tennessee

What are your future plans?
My future plans are to graduate with a double major in law, justice and society and sports management, going to law school, and becoming a legal member of a major sports team.

Sarah Read

Major: Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics
Hometown: Roseville, Minnesota

Why did you choose Lipscomb?
I chose Lipscomb because I wanted to go to a smaller university that was Christ-centered and that had a good STEM program. It was important to me to go to a school where I would be challenged academically and grow spiritually.

Sophomore Class

Gabby Bradner

Gabby Brandner

Major: Theology and Ministry & Children’s Ministry
Hometown: Harrison, Ohio

Why did you choose Lipscomb?
I chose Lipscomb because I was seeking a Christ-centered community that would help me grow both spiritually and academically. The students and professors at Lipscomb were welcoming and demonstrated that they care about me as an individual, not just as a number.

Reece Collie

Reece Collie

Major: Biomedical Physics
Hometown: Swannanoa, North Carolina

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
My favorite Lipscomb memory so far is taking the paddleboards from the Student Activities Center, going to Percy Priest lake and jumping off of the tall rocks into the lake after paddleboarding to them.

David Green

David Green

Major: Worship Arts
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
My favorite memory at Lipscomb is playing “Known” by Tauren Wells for the Freshman Talent Show during Quest Week. I got to meet a bunch of incredibly talented people, and I even ended up winning the show!

Audra Hochgesang

Audra Hochgesang

Major: Business Management
Hometown: Huntingburg, Indiana

What are your future plans?
In the future, I plan to work for a nonprofit organization or start my own.

Ashlyn Holmes

Ashlyn Holmes

Major: Nursing with Psychology Minor
Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?
I work for Lipscomb University admissions as a tour guide and student ambassador. I am also actively involved in my social club, Phi Sigma, as well as Lipscomb Student Nurses Association and Best Buddies.

Callie Horner

Callie Horner

Major: English Education
Hometown: Jackson, Tennessee

What are your future plans?
While teaching high school English, I plan to pursue a graduate and Ed.S. degree in hopes of eventually working in school administration.

Ella Rosser

Ella Rosser

Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Why did you choose Lipscomb?
My parents are alumni, so I've grown up visiting Lipscomb with my family. Because I attended public schools growing up, I was really craving an environment where I could study the Bible in an educational setting and connect with my teachers and peers spiritually. During my first tour of Lipscomb, I felt that I had found where God wanted me to be.

Noah Sheets

Noah Sheets

Major: Pure Math and Finance
Hometown: Salinas, California

Why did you choose Lipscomb?
It was the idea of smaller class sizes, where you can really interact with professors who take a unique interest in you, that first drew me into Lipscomb. After much prayer, it was clear to me that with personable professors and an unmatched community of students Lipscomb was the place God wanted me to be.

Anna Davidson

Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Johnson City, Tennessee

What are your future plans?
After graduation I plan to either earn my master's degree or start working toward my professional engineering license. My long-term goal is to use civil engineering to help improve the lives of others through humanitarian engineering projects.

Junior Class

Adele Brothers

Adele Brothers

Major: Business Management - Social Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?
I've been involved in SGA, Business as Mission, women's ministry at Lipscomb, and Phi Sigma. I am heavily invested at Kairos, a ministry in Nashville.

Natalie Butler

Natalie Butler

Major: Art Therapy
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

What are your future plans?
I plan on getting my art therapy master's degree, as well as continuing to make art and be creative.

Lucas Domberg

Lucas Domberg

Major: Biology
Hometown: Rockford, Illinois

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?
Captain of Cheerleading Team, Member of Theta Psi, Resident Assistant at High Rise

Calah Gipson

Calah Gibson

Major: Social Work
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

What are your future plans?
Post-graduation I hope to work in community development organizations, specializing in parks, community gardens, transit, and other aspects of urban development. I also would be interested in advocacy work, especially for incarcerated populations or environmental prosperity.

Haley Lewis

Haley Lewis

Major: Molecular Biology
Hometown: Hendersonville, Tennessee

Why did you choose Lipscomb?
I chose Lipscomb because I wanted to attend a college that challenged me to think about how my faith integrated with my passion for science. Also, one thing that separates Lipscomb from other schools is how kind and personable the professors are and how they truly care about the success and wellbeing of their students.

Mattherw Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
Starting clinical rotations this semester has been a blast. I have loved seeing how my peers have been highly supportive of one another as we enter into the highly anticipated and intimidating practical portion of our training. Even on the first clinical day, it was evident that engaging in new experiences together was strengthening our group camaraderie. It has reminded me of how blessed I am to be a part of such a wonderful group of peers who are constantly working to lift up one another.

MacKiah Hoff

Major: Social Work
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

What are your future plans?
I hope to work in a school as either a social worker or a school guidance counselor. I want to help students learn healthy mental health habits and connect them with resources.

Priscilla Obregon

Major: IT Management and Graphic Design
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Why did you choose Lipscomb?
Originally, I thought I wanted to go anywhere else, but as soon as I gave Lipscomb a chance, I realized how great this community is. I felt loved, welcomed and at home in a place where I could grow academically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Lipscomb has been exactly what I needed in these crucial years of life where you change and become the person you're meant to be, and I'm grateful for a community that surrounds you during your formative years.

Senior Class

Benjamin Blaylock

Benjamin Blaylock

Major: Molecular Biology
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

What are your future plans?
After graduating in May 2022, I plan to take a gap year to more deeply explore my hobbies (photography/videography/competition climbing) and to gain a greater understanding of cultures around the world before going to medical school in August 2023.

Easton Curtis

Easton Curtis

Major: Musical Theatre
Hometown: Hendersonville, Tennessee

Why did you choose Lipscomb?
The moment I looked into the theatre department and spoke with some students about the community, I knew. Both were incredible aspects that I knew would offer exactly the kind of college experience I was seeking. I never applied anywhere else!

Schyler Jones

Schyler Jones

Major: Spanish, International Affairs and History
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?
Intern for the Office of Intercultural Development; President of UNICEF; Vice President of Hablemos Spanish Conversation Club; Political Columnist for Lumination Network; Honors College Student; Member of BSU, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and Alpha Chi National Honor Society. I have also worked for Lipscomb Admissions and the Career Development Center.

Emily MacArthur

Emily MacArthur

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
It is hard to pick a favorite memory in particular because so much of my love for Lipscomb has been in community traditions such as Elam pancake nights, dinners in the Caf, or basketball games. A memory that stands out in particular is a time when my friends and I were playing card games in Ezell one evening. When we walked outside, we realized it was snowing! We were not dressed for the occasion at all but had a blast running in the snow and throwing little snowballs at each other.

William Robertson

William Robertson

Major: Entrepreneurship & Management
Hometown: Lebanon, Tennessee

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
The lifetime friendships forged in the fire of academic rigor and the happy-go-lucky era of dining dollars.

Makala Marsee

Major: English Writing and Literature
Hometown: Thompson Station, Tennessee

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
While I’ve studied abroad in London, which was a phenomenal experience, I think I still have to say that my favorite memories are on campus in Nashville. The memories are endless, but I do always look forward to the first warm day in the spring semester, where we all begin to emerge from our dorms and study outside. Students fill the square and a few people are always throwing a football. That day is when you can’t help but remember how valuable this experience is and how lucky we are to attend university and live with each other.

Caleb Rogers

Major: Law, Justice, and Society and Philosophy
Hometown: New Orleans, Luisiana

What is your favorite Lipscomb memory so far?
I took a class at the Tennessee Prison for Women in the fall of 2019, and at the end of the semester, we had a party with all of the inside and outside students, plus professors, previous students, and family members.