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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 $14 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.

Read more about scholarships at Carthage


One-stop shopping2. 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.

Meet your admissions representative

 

Fabulous parting gifts3. 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.

Read more about competitive scholarships

 

Live the full college experience.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. 

Read about Carthage housing options
Read more about the Lincoln Scholarships

 

Music to your ears5. 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 $10,000 are available to non-music majors who show excellent potential.

Read more about music scholarships and auditions

 6. Automatic Money

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.

Read more about automatic merit scholarships

 

Not just for freshmen7. 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.

See the full list of endowed scholarships

 

Support for adults, too8. 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.

Read more about Adult Undergraduate Studies
Read more about the Adult Undergraduate Studies Scholarship

 

Shout it to the world9. 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.

Check out Carthage’s main Merit page

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Apply for Carthage’s competitive scholarships by Dec. 3

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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 wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 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. 95% 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience 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 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 our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. 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 the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, 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 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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 No. 11 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 …

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