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Competitive Scholarships

Carthage awards more than $5.5 million in competitive scholarships each year to incoming students who demonstrate leadership skills and academic strength. Competitive scholarships require a special application and/or audition and participation on the part of the student. All students who are on the Carthage mailing list will receive information about our competitive scholarships.

THE PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

(35) 75% to full tuition, room and board per year, renewable
Open to all majors and offers 35 scholarships ranging from 75% tuition to full tuition, room and board per year. To compete for these scholarships, students must apply to Carthage and return the completed Presidential Scholarship Program application and required essay, postmarked or submitted online no later than December 3.
Presidential Scholarships: learn more

BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIPS

(1) full tuition per year, renewable
(2) 75% tuition per year, renewable

One full-tuition scholarship and two 75% tuition per year scholarships incorporating all Carthage assistance. To compete for these scholarships, students must apply to Carthage and return the completed Business Scholarship Program application by December 3.
Business Scholarships: learn more

MATH/SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

(1) full tuition per year, renewable
(2) 75% tuition per year, renewable

One full-tuition per year scholarship and two 75% tuition per year scholarships incorporating all Carthage assistance. To compete for these scholarships, students must apply to Carthage and return the completed Math/Science Scholarship Program application by December 3.
Math/Science Scholarships: learn more

FINE ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

$500-$13,000 per year, renewable
Carthage awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $13,000 per year to admitted students who excel in visual and performing arts. Scholarships are awarded through competitive audition and/or portfolio review. Recipients are required to participate in department activities through service and creative work. If you have an interest in the fine arts, take advantage of these scholarship opportunities by scheduling and completing an audition and/or a portfolio review by late February. (The exact date varies by program.) Questions? Contact the Fine Arts Office at finearts@carthage.edu or 262-551-5859. Learn more and apply online for the following Fine Arts Scholarships: art education, art history, communication, dance, graphic design, music, music theatre, public relations, studio art, and theatre.

MODERN LANGUAGES SCHOLARSHIPS — CHINESE, FRENCH, GERMAN, JAPANESE, AND SPANISH

Up to (10) 75% tuition per year, renewable
Up to ten scholarships are awarded to students majoring in Chinese (two scholarships), French (two scholarships), German (two scholarships), Japanese (two scholarships) or Spanish (two scholarships). (A double major in another subject area is acceptable and can be completed in four years). Each scholarship covers 75% tuition per year renewable for four years, and incorporates all Carthage assistance. Candidates must apply to Carthage and return the completed Modern Languages Scholarship application postmarked no later than December 3.
Modern Languages Scholarships: learn more

KENOSHA SCHOLARSHIPS

(8) full tuition per year, renewable
Eight full-tuition scholarships awarded to Kenosha residents in recognition of the City of Kenosha’s agreement to lease parkland to the College for residence halls and student parking. These scholarships incorporate all Carthage assistance. To compete, students must apply to Carthage and return a completed Kenosha Scholarship application and essay postmarked no later than December 3.
Kenosha Scholarships: learn more

MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIPS

(15) $5,000 per year, renewable
Up to fifteen $5,000 per year scholarships are awarded to applicants who exhibit exemplary leadership qualities and potential, and commitment to actively contribute to the diversity of Carthage through participation in campus activities. These scholarships are in addition to most other Carthage assistance. To compete, students must apply to Carthage and return a completed Multicultural Leadership Fellows Scholarship application and essay postmarked no later than December 3.
Multicultural Leadership Fellows Scholarships: learn more

CLASSICS SCHOLARSHIP

(1) $5,000 per year, renewable
The Classics Scholarship is intended for a candidate who shows a deep interest in the study of the Ancient Greek and Roman World. Candidates must apply to Carthage and complete a scholarship essay by December 3 on a topic chosen by the faculty of the Classics Department. A faculty committee will interview the top candidates in February. Questions? Contact the Chair of Classics at ddesmidt@carthage.edu or 262-551-5954.

HISTORY SCHOLARSHIPS

(2) $5,000 per year, renewable
The History Department offers History Scholarships to two candidates who show a deep interest in the study of History. Candidates must apply to Carthage and complete a 500-word scholarship essay by December 3 on a topic chosen by the faculty of the History Department. A faculty committee will interview the top candidates in February. Questions? Contact the Chair of History, Eric Pullin, at epullin@carthage.edu or 262-551-6323.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS

(3) $3,000 scholarships
Three $3,000 scholarships (increased or decreased at the discretion of the Alumni Council) are awarded to a direct relative of a graduate (for example: parents, siblings, aunts/uncles, grandparents, and/or cousins) of Carthage. To compete, students must apply to Carthage and submit the required scholarship information postmarked no later than December 3.
Alumni Association Scholarship: learn more

SPRING SCHOLARSHIPS

(1) full tuition per year and (1) 75% tuition per year, renewable
One full-tuition scholarship and one 75% tuition scholarship, renewable for up to three years, are awarded to new incoming Spring Term freshmen and transfer students who show determination, intelligence and motivation. To compete, students must apply to Carthage and return a completed Spring Scholarship application and essay postmarked no later than November 14.
Spring Scholarships: learn more

TARBLE FAMILY CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIPS

Up to (10) scholarships up to $28,000 per year, renewable
Up to 10 scholarships ranging in value to incoming freshmen or transfer students from California. Tarble Family California Scholarships recipients will receive up to $28,000 per year in Carthage assistance. To compete, students must apply to Carthage and return a completed Tarble Family California Scholarships application and essay postmarked no later than December 3.
Tarble Family California Scholarships: learn more

KENOSHA POLICE/FIRE SCHOLARSHIP

(1) full tuition per year, renewable
One full-tuition scholarship is awarded to a dependent of a city of Kenosha police officer or firefighter. This scholarship incorporates all Carthage assistance. To compete, students must apply to Carthage and return the completed Police/Fire Scholarship application and essay postmarked no later than December 3.

KABA CATALYST2CAREERS SCHOLARSHIP

$1,000 per year, renewable
One $1,000 per year scholarship ($4,000 over four years) awarded to a Kenosha County resident/Kenosha County high school graduate. Applicants who intend to pursue a career in math, science, technology, medicine, engineering or business are preferred. To compete for this scholarship, students must apply for admission to Carthage and submit the completed KABA Catalyst2Careers Scholarship application by March 2.
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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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