Luther values the talents international students bring to make the college a great institution. To demonstrate its strong commitment to global diversity, Luther strives to meet the financial need of all admitted international students with a combination of merit and need-based financial aid and college-funded work-study.
On this page, we have compiled a list of scholarships, awards, and grants for which international students may be eligible. There is no separate or additional application, with the exception of the music or other discipline-based scholarships, the ELCA International Women Leaders Scholarship and the StudyIowa Anne Doyle Award. All applicants meeting the priority application deadline will be automatically considered. The awarding is based on a full review of the admissions file, including the applicant's school performance, course rigour, demonstrated need, teacher recommendations, musical talent if applying for a music scholarship, and other established criteria.
The academic scholarship, ranging from $10,000 to $24,000, is called Achievement Award, Martin Luther Scholarship, Dean's Scholarship, President's Scholarship, or Founders Scholarship. It is awarded on the basis of academic performance in school, predicted IB scores, SAT, ACT and/or TOEFL/IELTS/DET test results, and a full review of the admissions file. It is renewable each year for four years, provided a student maintains satisfactory academic progress.
Diversity Enrichment Scholarships are awarded to 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. The scholarship amount varies; it's determined based on demonstrated need and/or potential contributions to enhancing campus life. It is renewable each year for fours years as long as a student makes satisfactory academic progress.
Luther International Student Health Insurance Grant, currently valued at $1,300, is awarded to international students to cover the estimated cost of health insurance for one year. The grant is renewed each year.
Luther Transition Grant, valued at $800, is provided for all incoming international students to help them make a smooth adjustment to college life in the U.S. This is a one-time award, and it is intended to help new students pay for expenses related to textbooks, school supplies and other initial personal expenses.
Luther College Work Study, an on-campus job, is guaranteed to every international student who chooses to work on campus. Students earn approximately $3,000 by working 12-13 hours per week during the academic year. The earnings can be saved or used to pay for educational and personal expenses throughout the year.
Special Endowed Scholarships
These endowed or named scholarships were given to Luther as generous gifts from alumni and friends of the college. The scholarship amount and criteria for selection varies. They are generally renewable providing the student is enrolled full-time and making satisfactory academic progress.
The Synneva Hella Anderson Memorial Endowed Scholarship, averaging $2,000 a year, was established to encourage the exchange of students and study opportunities between Luther College and Norway, and is awarded to incoming international student(s) from Norway.
Hervey Endowed Scholarship, averaging $700 a year, was established by Professor Norma Hervey and her husband, William, and is awarded to an academically gifted international student.
Engebret Nelson (Sebo) Hong Scholarship, averaging $2,000 a year, was established by Anna E. Hong in memory of her father, and is awarded to incoming international students who are residents of Norway and who desire to prepare themselves for careers in teaching, government service, business, social service, performing arts, law, or medicine.
Reckling-Chossek Scholarship, averaging $1,200 a year, is awarded to a student(s) who can show demonstrated need, with preference given to someone from Tanzania.
The Wigeland/American-Scandinavian Foundation Scholarship Fund, ranging from $1,600 to $3,500 a year, is awarded to students from one of the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland.
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