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.

Note: Institutional scholarships, grants, and awards–along with the amounts shown below–are for students beginning attendance at Luther College in the fall of 2024. Students who enrolled at Luther before fall 2024 should refer to their financial aid offers in Norse Hub regarding the types and amounts of their scholarships, grants, and awards. Luther College scholarships are capped at the cost of tuition.

Academic Merit Scholarships

Admitted students automatically receive one of the following academic achievement awards; the only application required is an application for admission. Academic scholarships are renewable for each of a student’s four years at Luther College. The amount is based on high school academic performance. Standardized test scores are not required but will be considered if submitted.

Award NameGPA RangeAnnual Amount
Founders >=3.95$34,000 per year
Presidential3.70 - 3.94$32,000 per year
Dean3.45 - 3.69$30,000 per year
Martin Luther 3.10 - 3.44 $28,000 per year
Achievement<=3.09$26,000 per year

Talent Scholarships (Auditions Required)

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 About Music Scholarships

Theatre scholarships are talent-based and awarded in two areas of interest: performance or design/technical theatre. Candidates for a Luther theatre scholarship are identified through an audition or interview.

Learn About Theatre Scholarships

Dance scholarships are talent-based, regardless of chosen major or minor. Dance scholarships are awarded to students after they have been admitted to Luther.

Learn About Dance Scholarships

Other Scholarships and Awards

First-year and transfer students who visit Luther may be eligible for a Campus Visit Award ($1,000/year), if they enroll at Luther. Limit one visit award per student.


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

Application details to come.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

The First-Generation Award offers eligible students a scholarship of $2,000 per year. New students (first-year and transfers) beginning in fall 2024 whose parent(s) do not hold a bachelor’s degree are eligible for this award.

$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.

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

Nomination Deadline:
The alumnus/a may complete the Student Referral Form at any time during the student’s senior year.

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

A student may only earn one Future Norse Referral Grant, regardless of the number of alumni who 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.

$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.

Applicants are asked to write a 500-word essay and provide a one-page resume as part of the application process.

This is a non-renewable fellowship.

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 $80,000 or less
  • Iowa OR Minnesota resident as defined by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission or the Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • Must reside on campus for each year the award is received
  • Must be an incoming student first-time or transfer student for fall 2024


Learn more about the Impact Awards

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

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

Complete a Luther application for admission.

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

$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.

Renewable up to 8 semesters of full-time enrollment.

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

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. Scholarship recipients join, work, and learn with other scholars in Luther’s Sustainability Scholars Program.


Other Types of Aid to Consider

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