Scholarships and Other Types of Aid

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.

These scholarships and awards are designated for incoming students. Luther College will not retroactively grant scholarships and awards designated for incoming students once the student has begun attendance at the college.

Academic Scholarships and Awards

All academic scholarships and awards are based on the student’s cumulative grade point average, a personal essay, and an educator’s reference. Standardized test scores are not required for scholarship eligibility, but will be considered if submitted. 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.

Academic scholarships range from $18,000–$28,000 per year ($72,000–$112,000 total), and are renewable each of the student’s four years at Luther College. This chart indicates Luther’s 2022-23 scholarship levels with GPA requirements and award amounts; GPAs are based on a 4.0 scale:

Award NameGPA RangeAmount
Achievement Award2.90 - 3.09$18,000
Martin Luther Award3.10 - 3.44 $23,000
Dean's Scholarship3.45 - 3.69$25,000
President's Scholarship3.70 - 3.94$27,000
Founders Scholarship3.95+$28,000

Other Scholarships and Awards

Luther offers a wide variety of scholarships and awards based on musical talent, regardless of chosen major.

Music scholarships are available through an audition process and some are also be based on your achievements in high school. We award most music scholarships on top of any academic scholarship and you’ll keep those scholarships for your entire four years.

Learn more about Luther's Music Scholarships

Luther Theatre and Dance Scholarships recognize incoming students who display outstanding potential for participation in Luther’s theatre and dance programs regardless of a chosen major or minor.

These scholarships are considered a Talent Award, just like music scholarships. While you may audition for more than one Talent Award, only the highest scholarship will be added to your financial aid offer. Theatre and Dance Scholarships are in addition to any academic scholarship and are renewable up to four years.

Theatre Scholarships

Theatre faculty award these scholarships in two areas of interest—performance or design/technical theatre. Candidates for a Luther Theatre Scholarship are identified through an audition or interview and brought to the attention of the scholarship committee.

Learn more about Luther’s Theatre Scholarships

Dance Scholarships

Candidates for a Luther Dance Scholarship are identified through an audition and brought to the attention of the scholarship committee.

Learn more about Luther’s Dance Scholarships

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.

A Free Tuition Opportunity for Qualified Incoming Students
A quality higher education can, and should, be accessible for all students regardless of their financial circumstance. That’s why the Luther College Iowa Impact Award was created: to foster an opportunity for high-achieving Iowa students to pursue their academic goals at Luther College.

Requirements to qualify for this award include:

  • A high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Family adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less
  • Typical amount of reportable assets for a family with a $75,000 adjusted gross income
  • Iowa resident as defined by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission
  • Must reside on campus for each year the award is received
  • Be an incoming student first-time or transfer student for fall 2023

In order to be considered for the Luther College Iowa Impact Award, you must submit your Luther Application and FAFSA by April 15, 2023.
No special scholarship application is needed. If your application is accepted and you qualify for the Iowa Impact Award, Luther will ensure your gift assistance equals the cost of tuition.

Learn more about the Iowa Impact Award

Value:
$5,000 fellowship which may be used anytime during the junior or senior year. The fellowship includes few restrictions; in keeping with the spirit of the program, students have great latitude in using the funds to pursue their own passions. Imagine Fellowships must be used to pursue an extended learning experience beyond campus; therefore, cannot be used to offset normal tuition and fee charges on campus.

lmagine Fellows must maintain a 3.0 Luther GPA and remain enrolled as full-time students.

Selection Criteria:
Selection is based on an assessment of each student’s potential promise as a student and a scholar, his or her capacity and passion to engage in creative and self-directed learning, and the student’s ability to translate learning into service to others.

Potential lmagine Fellows are recommended by the admissions staff based on the strength of the admissions file and conversations throughout the admissions process. A Luther College committee consisting of the vice president for enrollment and faculty members will make the final selections. Candidates who are chosen as finalists will be invited to interview.

Application:
Applicants are asked to write a 500-word essay and provide a one-page resume as part of the application process. The deadline is January 6, 2023.

Renewal:
This is a non-renewable fellowship.

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

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

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.

Value:
$500–$1,250

Selection Criteria:
Awards are based on the student’s demonstrated leadership within their own congregations and church organizations.

Application:
Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will be accepted until March 15, 2023.

Renewal:
These scholarships are not renewable and are only available to first-year students who are enrolled full-time.

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.

As part of its sustainability efforts, Luther College offers $5,000 scholarships ($1,250 per year) to students who have demonstrated leadership in sustainability and are committed to working for a more just, equitable, and environmentally sustainable world. Is this you? If so, click here to apply and read on to learn more about this unique opportunity. The scholarship recipients join, work, and learn with other scholars in Luther’s Sustainability Scholars Program.

Learn more about Luther’s Sustainability Scholarship

Other Types of Aid to Consider

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