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Carthage awards 8 $29,000 per year Modern Languages scholarships to incoming students, two per language. These scholarships are renewable for four years.

The Modern Language Scholarship deadline has passed for fall 2024 freshmen. Join our mailing list to receive more information and updates about Carthage scholarships.

The Modern Languages Department is home to a diverse mix of students, faculty, and Target Language Experts from 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 France, Germany, Spain, or Japan. Carthage language majors spend at least one semester, usually in their junior year, studying and living abroad. Non-majors also have the opportunity to study abroad.


The Languages

The Competition

The Modern Languages Scholarship Competition takes place virtually/online on Friday, February 9, 2023. 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 2024; join our mailing list to receive updates)
  • Submit the Modern Language Scholarships Application. (Deadline: December 3, 2023)
  • Submit a list of all activities and courses related to the study of 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):
    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 French, German, or Japanese, or major in Spanish.  (An additional major in another subject area is acceptable and can be completed in four years.)

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. Scholarship amounts listed above are for students starting classes at Carthage in fall 2024 or later. Carthage also offers additional scholarships. See our scholarship page for details.