9 Ways Carthage Does Scholarships Better
Given our focus on critical thinking, Carthage wants you to read the fine print. The College hands out more than $20 million in grants and scholarships — the kind of financial aid you don’t need to pay back — and these details should pleasantly surprise you.
1. More is more. Really.
Carthage believes students should be rewarded for winning scholarships from other sources, not penalized. Other schools see your $2,000 scholarship as a reason to subtract $2,000 from their offer. Here, scholarship dollars you receive from a charitable foundation, business, or other outside organization can be stacked on top of the money the College awards.
2. One-stop shopping
Once your questions turn to financial aid, many college admissions officers nudge you out the door with only a phone number for some other office. At Carthage, an admissions rep guides each incoming freshman and transfer student through the entire process.
3. Fabulous parting gifts
They’re competitive, all right, but some Carthage scholarship competitions offer better consolation prizes than you’d find on most game shows. Finalists invited to campus for the Presidential Scholarship Competition (for entering freshmen) receive $3,000 in scholarship funds just for showing up. Students invited to campus for the Fall Transfer Scholarship Competition or Spring Scholarship Competition (for transfer and new students) lock in $1,000 or more.
4. Live the full college experience
If your parents live within 30 miles of campus, you’re welcome to commute. Doesn’t mean you have to. By covering a big chunk of the tuition bill, sometimes a Carthage scholarship frees up a family’s budget to afford residence hall housing. Or think even bigger; the three annual Lincoln scholarships cover room and board, too — no matter how close you live. At Carthage, 70% of students live on campus, and living in a residence hall can provide you with some of the most memorable moments of your college experience.
5. Music to your ears
Not every talented musician wants to make a career of it. Some simply want to keep performing and honing their skills in choirs or instrumental ensembles. The Carthage Music Department gets it. That’s why a limited number of Music Scholarships from $1,000 to $13,000 are available to non-music majors who show excellent potential.
6. Automatic Money
That’s right, you don’t have to apply for this scholarship — it’s automatic! Carthage awards merit scholarships up to $21,000 annually to qualified students at the time of admission, eliminating the need for an additional application. These scholarships are based on grades and standardized test scores, and are completely funded by Carthage.
7. Not just for freshmen
Carthage offers nearly 190 endowed scholarships, mostly targeting existing students. So the pool won’t dry up after you enroll. Majoring in business with a non-business minor? There’s a scholarship for you. Looking to enter the ministry, use reading strategies in teaching, or counsel those struggling with substance abuse? You get the idea.
8. Support for adults, too
Winning a scholarship is just as exciting when you’re 38 as it is when you’re 18. Carthage offers four of them in Adult Undergraduate Studies, ranging from half tuition to full tuition — and students outside of Kenosha are eligible. Then there’s the Irene Kraemer Starting Over Scholarship, given annually to one female adult student who exemplifies the courage and spirit shown by the late Prof. Kraemer.
9. Shout it to the world
Winning a scholarship is a big deal. Why keep it quiet? With the Merit Pages web tool, Carthage issues virtual “badges” for college achievements, which are compiled on a single personalized web page for each student’s family, friends, and future employers to see. We even send major scholarship news to the recipients’ hometown papers.