This year distinguished alumnus and country superstar Brad Paisley established an endowed scholarship at Belmont to provide financial assistance for a deserving student with demonstrated need who is studying in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.
A 1995 graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Paisley majored in music business at what was then the Mike Curb School of Music Business. During his Belmont career, Paisley himself benefitted from a scholarship supported by Vince Gill and has long been committed to “paying it forward” to another deserving student.
The Curb College scholarship committee recently selected junior Entertainment Industry Studies major Allison Gale as the 2012-13 award recipient, based on her GPA, financial need and involvement at the college, university and community levels.
An avid entertainment blogger with career aspirations to work behind the scenes in theater tour production and later in music production, Gale said, “I am beyond humbled to receive this scholarship. To have the award come from Brad Paisley is even more amazing; he is part of the reason I came to Belmont in the first place. For my sixteenth birthday I went to my first major concert: Brad Paisley. Later that year my family took a road trip during which I discovered my love for Nashville. Inspired by knowing Brad went to college there, we visited Belmont University. I made up my mind I would go, I loved everything from the Christian roots of the school to the beauty of the campus. Years of waitressing nights and community college classes in the mornings later, I realized my dreams by transferring into Belmont. I have been so blessed to be able to finally attend, and now to receive this scholarship will open up my world from working two jobs to investing time in skills for the future.”