Each year, Carthage awards 10 $25,000 per year Modern Languages scholarships to incoming students. These scholarships and are renewable for four years.

The Modern Languages Department is home to a diverse mix of students, faculty, and Target Language Experts from China, Colombia, France Germany, Guatemala, Japan, and Spain. As a component of language study, you will take courses specifically intended to prepare you to study in China, France, Germany, Spain, or Japan. Carthage language majors spend at least one semester, usually in their junior year, studying and living abroad.

The Languages


The Competition


The Modern Languages Scholarship Competition takes place virtually/online on Friday, February 18, 2022. If selected to compete, candidates will be invited to the virtual/online competition where they will be interviewed by modern language faculty and will write a short essay.

How to Apply


Candidates interested in applying for a Modern Languages scholarship must complete the following no later than December 3:

  • Submit an application for admission to Carthage and supporting materials (high school transcripts).
  • Submit the Modern Language Scholarships Application, available in October. (The Modern Languages Scholarships 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 list of all activities and courses related to the study of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and/or Spanish in which you have been involved. (This is part of the online application.)
  • Additional requirements specific to your selected language (if any):
    Chinese: Desire to learn the language and culture.
    French: Desire to learn the language and culture.
    German: Desire to learn the language and culture.
    Japanese: Desire to learn the language and culture.
    Spanish: Complete at least 3 years of Spanish in high school and write a short essay (250-word maximum) explaining your interest in majoring in Spanish at Carthage and how being a Spanish major will connect to your future career goals. (This is part of the online scholarship application.) Be sure to mention language, culture, and study abroad.

To apply for a Modern Languages scholarship, candidates must intend to major or minor in Chinese, French, German, or Japanese, or major in Spanish.

Application Review


Modern Languages Department faculty 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 Modern Languages Scholarship Competition.

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