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Meet Carthage Scholarship Winners

Mackenzie Counard '20

Hay Presidential Scholarship

Mackenzie Counard ’20

The Hay Presidential Scholarship is part of the Presidential Scholarship Program that offers 35 scholarships to students who have shown academic excellence and are actively involved in school and community organizations and activities. As a neuroscience and psychology double major, Mackenzie is proud of how all her hard work helped her become one step closer toward reaching her goals for the future.

“Receiving this scholarship was a great honor. It made me feel like everything I was working towards in my future was finally in reach. The judges recognized everything I had done in and out of high school, and that made me feel very proud of all the work I had done.”

Tariq Hammad '22

Kenosha Oaks Scholarship

Tariq Hammad ’22

The Kenosha Scholarship awards eight full-tuition scholarships each year to Kenosha residents. Tariq says he was honored to receive this scholarship and it has motivated him academically as he studies biology with a concentration in pre-health.

It was an honor and a blessing to receive this scholarship because I know that there is only a handful of them given each year and to receive one showed me that all of the hard work I put in throughout my high school years paid off. This scholarship has helped motivate me in many ways. It would be a shame to put a full-ride scholarship to waste, and for that reason, I am constantly trying to make the most out of my experience here at Carthage and do the best I can both academically and socially.”

Nya Jones '23

Multicultural Leadership Scholarship

Nya Jones ’23

The Multicultural Leadership Scholarship is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Leadership (DEIL) Fellows program, which promotes diversity and student participation in campus life through volunteerism and academic excellence. Scholarship recipients share their unique strengths and diverse perspectives through their involvement on campus. Nya is a biology major with a pre-health concentration who plays on the basketball team. She says receiving the scholarship motivated her to focus on her academics as well as become involved in more activities on campus.

“Receiving the scholarship made me want to work hard towards my grades. It motivated me to be more focused and take my academics seriously. Also, the scholarship made me want to be more involved with my school not only just being on the basketball team but also other clubs.”

Hannah Midlock '22

Dance minor scholarship

Hannah Midlock ’22

Admitted students considering pursuing a dance minor are encouraged to audition for a Carthage Dance Minor Scholarship. These scholarships are renewable based on maintaining satisfactory academic progress as well as Theatre Department service work each semester. Hannah’s passion for dance encouraged her to pursue a minor in dance in addition to majoring in athletic training.

Being a dancer my whole life, this scholarship meant the world to me. My dedication and hard work had paid off. I was so excited to continue my passion in college.”

Zachary Bulthuis '23

Business Scholarship

Zachary Bulthuis ’23

There are three Business Scholarships awarded each year to students who demonstrate excellent ability in business, and candidates must intend to major in accounting, finance, management, or marketing. Zachary says how receiving this scholarship revealed to him that he is capable of excelling in his academics as he studies mathematics with emphases in actuarial science and finance along with a minor in Spanish.

“The scholarship revealed to me that I can excel academically and break through barriers I never thought I could and, therefore, allows me to engage with new things on-campus and experiment with activities I have never tried before.”

Christian Aggari '21

Modern Languages Scholarship

Christian Aggari ’21

Each year, Carthage awards 10 Modern Languages scholarships to students who have shown academic excellence in studying the Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish language. Christian, a computer science and Japanese double major with a minor in Asian studies, says receiving this scholarship helped him become more involved on campus.

“Winning the Japanese Modern Language Scholarship is the main reason I chose to go to Carthage. I knew I was going to have to commit myself to the major, and as a result, I’ve become an active member of the department, joining the Japanese Club E-Board, participating in the Culture Festival, and going to tutoring regularly. It seems like fate brought me to the right place!”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), 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.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 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. More than 90% 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 ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. 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 marketing 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 $25,000 up to full tuition. 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 Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, 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 130 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 in the Top 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 …