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Your contribution to Carthage will ensure that the College continues its long legacy of providing a motivating environment inspiring reflection and self-discovery so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential.

Student Successes

Wesam Al-Sarori '21 was the Carthage representative at the National Association for Campus Activi...

Wesam Al-Sarori ’21

“[This scholarship] has literally changed my life. I am not as privileged as many other students here at Carthage. I come from Yemen, which is currently experiencing intense political unrest and civil wars, and I, therefore, have no means of financial support. With the help of this scholarship, now I am one-step closer to realizing my dreams as a student leader on campus. I can pursue my studies and earn my degree. It truly means the world to me and to my family back home to know that there are selfless individuals willing to help, and I promise to be the best version myself so you have the peace of mind that your generous donation did not go to waste.”


Aliliywa Mbise '20


“This scholarship is helping me reach my dreams of becoming a nurse. College is no walk in the park and having one less worry can be the difference between making it or breaking. You’ve made a difference in the lives of the scholarship recipients and I want you to know that. In addition to the Nursing Program, much of my time at Carthage has been spent in the Chapel. I work as their chapel sacristan, assistant to Debbie Clark, and working events like Christmas Fest and Interfaith Baccalaureate. Faith has been a large part of my journey at Carthage and throughout my life.”


Emely Arcos '21


“I’m majoring in French and minoring in Great Ideas and secondary education. As a first-generation college student, I’ve had to learn to set my own path. I was recognized for my trailblazing efforts by being named ‘Rookie of the Year’ as a freshman.

“This fall semester, I will study abroad in Rennes, France. Being awarded the ‘Gutkind-Kraemer Scholarship’ is an honor and a huge aid to my study abroad plans. Receiving this scholarship is making my lifelong dream of going to a Francophone country come true.”

Mattea Arndt '20 at the 2019 CCIW Conference Swim Championships.

Mattea Arndt ’20

“This scholarship has not only reduced the financial costs of my education, but it has also motivated me to keep following my passions. I am studying English and secondary education in hopes of becoming a high school English teacher. Becoming a teacher has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, and your generosity is helping me accomplish this dream.

“While studying at Carthage, I am also a Division III collegiate athlete for the Carthage women’s swim team. Participating in athletics has taught me that dedication, perseverance, and motivation pay off.”


Donor Stories

David Wiers Family

David Wiers ’98

“I give to Carthage so that the College can continue to provide life-changing experiences for its students, and so Carthage can maintain a level of excellence in the quality of students, professors, staff, facilities, and technology.”

Why We Give: Hear from donors 

  • 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 …