Carthage awards two full-tuition per year Math/Science Scholarships each year to incoming students. These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate ability in mathematics and natural sciences, and are renewable for four years.

Carthage offers a variety of majors and programs in the natural sciences, preparing students for careers in health care, research, teaching, and business. The close-knit community of faculty and students stems naturally from our liberal arts atmosphere and is deepened through the activities of hands-on science. In addition to submitting the scholarship application, you must also apply for admission.

The Majors


Dual-Degree Programs


The Competition


The Math/Science Scholarship Competition takes place virtually/online on Friday, February 11, 2022. If selected to compete, candidates will be invited to the virtual/online competition where they will take a comprehensive written examination, choosing four of the following six subject areas that assess their scientific literacy: biology, chemistry, computer science, geoscience, mathematics, and physics.

How to Apply


Candidates interested in the Math/Science Scholarship Competition must complete the following no later than December 3:

  • Submit an application for admission to Carthage and supporting materials (high school transcripts).
  • Submit the Math/Science Scholarship Application, available in October. (The Math/Science Scholarship Application has passed for fall 2022 freshmen. If you are a freshman entering in fall 2023 or later, join our mailing list to receive more information about Carthage’s competitive scholarships.)
  • Submit a one-page essay: Explain why you are interested in mathematics and/or natural sciences (this is part of the online scholarship application).

To apply for a math/science scholarship, candidates must intend to major in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geographic information science, geoscience, mathematics, neuroscience, or physics and astronomy. (A double major in another subject area is acceptable and can typically be completed in four years.)

Application Review


The math/science faculty and the Office of Admissions will review your application and high school grades. Qualified applicants will be notified in early January. Successful candidates and their families will be invited to the Math/Science Scholarship Competition.

The Math/Science Scholarships may incorporate all Carthage assistance. Scholarships and grants may be combined with federal and state grants, not to exceed full tuition.