Scholarships and Awards

Luther believes that the gifts and talents each student brings to our campus are what makes this such a special place. Because we value what our students contribute to the campus community, we offer a variety of scholarships and awards based on demonstrated academic excellence, musical talent, and other criteria.

2018-19 Academic Scholarships and Awards

All academic scholarships and awards are based on a student's cumulative grade point average, college entrance exam scores (ACT or SAT), and class rank (if applicable). There is no separate application for these awards. Scholarships are awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.  The total amount of Luther College scholarships offered to a student are capped at the cost of tuition.


Value:
$96,000 over four years ($24,000 per year).

Minimum Requirements:

  • 4.0 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • Class rank in the top 5% (if high school determines rank)
  • ACT minimum score of 28 or SAT1 Math & Critical Reading 1240-1270; SATR Evidence Based Reading/Writing (EBRW) and Math 1310-1340

Value:
$88,000 over 4 years ($22,000 per year).

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.85 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • Class rank in the top 15% (if their high school determines rank)
  • ACT minimum score of 27 or SAT1 Math & Critical Reading 1200-1230; SATR Evidence Based Reading/Writing (EBRW) and Math 1280-1300

Value:
$80,000 over 4 years ($20,000 per year).

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.6 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • Class rank in the upper quarter of their class (if their high school determines rank)
  • ACT minimum score of 24 or SAT1 Math & Critical Reading 1090-1120; SATR Evidence Based Reading/Writing (EBRW) and Math 1160-1190

Value:
$72,000 over 4 years ($18,000 per year).

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.3 cumulative grade point average
  • Class rank in the top 40% (if their high school determines rank)
  • ACT minimum score of 23 or SAT1 Math & Critical Reading 1050-1080; SATR Evidence Based Reading/Writing (EBRW) and Math 1130-1150

Value:
$40,000 over 4 years ($10,000 per year).

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • ACT minimum score of 20 or SAT1 Math & Critical Reading 930-960; SATR Evidence Based Reading/Writing (EBRW) and Math 1020-1050 

Music Scholarships

Visit the Music Scholarships page to learn more about Luther's generous music-related scholarships.

Theatre and Dance Scholarships

Visit the Theatre Scholarships and Dance Scholarships pages to learn more about Luther's new theatre and dance scholarships.

Other Scholarships and Awards


Value:
$4,000 over four years ($1,000 per year).

Selection Criteria:
Offered to students who have been referred by an alumnus/a through the Student Referral Form, as part of the Alumni Ambassador Program.

Application:
None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

Nomination Deadline:
In order to be eligible, the alumnus/a must complete the Student Referral Form by December 1 of the student’s senior year.

Renewal:
Renewable up to eight semesters, based on full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. 

Notes:
A student may only earn one Alumni Referral Scholarship, regardless of the number of alumni that have completed a Student Referral Form for that student. Also, parents may not refer their children; the Luther Legacy Award is designated for this purpose.


Value:
$12,000 over four years ($3,000 per year).

Selection Criteria:
Awards are granted to selected students from distinctive and broadly diverse backgrounds based on their potential to enrich the educational environment on campus and make positive contributions to the larger world.

Application:
None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

Renewal:
Renewable up to 8 semesters, based on full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.


Value:
Up to $1,000 yearly match per student from Luther College for congregational support.

Selection Criteria:
Matching grants are given to students whose home congregation financially supports their Luther education.

Application:
A representative of the student's home congregation must submit the EPIC Contribution Form (PDF).

Renewal:
Renewable up to 8 semesters; based on full-time enrollment and continuing participation of home congregation.

Notes:
Notification of awards—and the funds themselves—must come directly from the church to Luther for students to receive the match. EPIC is a program for congregations to support students attending Luther. Congregations may be affiliated with any denomination. EPIC is not intended as a means of diverting family tuition payments through congregations in order to receive personal tax benefit.  This is a violation of tax law that can jeopardize non-profit status for both Luther and the church.


Value:
$8,000 over four years ($2,000 per year).

Selection Criteria:
Offered to all incoming students from Iowa and Minnesota.

Application:
None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

Renewal:
Renewable up to 8 semesters, based on full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.


Value:
$4,000 over four years ($1,000 per year).

Selection Criteria:
Awards are given to the dependent children of Luther College alumni.

Application:
Complete a Luther application for admission.

Renewal:
Renewable up to 8 semesters; based on full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.


Value:
$4,000 to $8,000 over four years ($1,000 to $2,000 a year).

Selection Criteria:
Awards are given to students who are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.

Renewal:
Renewable up to 8 semesters of full-time enrollment.

Notes:
National Merit Scholarships are granted in addition to other academic awards and scholarships for which students may qualify.


In addition to the scholarships and awards above that are awarded by the Office of Admissions, there are several scholarships administered by various departments at Luther College for first-year students as well as current students.


Transfer Students Scholarships and Awards

View a list of our generous scholarships and awards for transfer students.

Scholarships from Outside Sources

In addition to Luther scholarships, you can apply to numerous scholarships from outside sources.