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First Year Student Scholarships

  • You've worked hard and we reward you from the start.

    Capital students are accomplished in the classroom. So we award you all four years you attend. Take a look to get an idea of your possible merit scholarship at Capital so you can apply knowing you’ll be recognized from the very start of your college search.

    Capital Scholarship Matrix

    Need more funding? It may get better.

    This is just the beginning of our efforts for affordability. Need-based grant funds from the university are available for qualified students from the FAFSA in addition to your estimated merit award. And we won't take long to tell you the good news. Official scholarship letters are sent with acceptance packets, so apply early in your senior year, and know your award eligibility early.

    Stay ahead of the curve. Know your bottom line cost.

    FAFSA is now accepting applications on October 1, so you can learn your full financial picture for Capital months before you have to make your college selection on May 1. That gives you plenty of time for visits and the chance to connect with your fellow incoming #capfam members so you can focus on what truly matters in your final decision.

    Not on the chart? No worries.

    Is your profile missing from the matrix above? Worry not. Every student is different and every situation is unique. Capital takes the time and effort to review all applications for admission very carefully so we encourage you to apply regardless of your profile information to start the conversation about your options. Our admission counselors are available to talk more in detail about your situation and advise you accordingly. Contact our office at 614-236-6101 or email admission@capital.edu. We want to work with you!

    We also have targeted awards for various student populations such as music, Lutheran, legacy and students of color as well as full-tuition scholarship competitions for qualified applicants! Please ask us if you have any questions about requirements.

  • Scholarship Competitions
    • BATTELLE SCHOLARSHIP (ROOM AND BOARD)

      Competitive scholarship stipend (by invitation only) awarded to a selected high school senior from Franklin or contiguous counties in Ohio who competes in either the Collegiate Fellowship or Capital Scholars competition. Please see those awards for qualification requirements. This full-room and board award is based upon standard occupancy rates and made for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years) to students seeking their first undergraduate degree.

    • CAPITAL SCHOLARS AWARD (FULL-TUITION)

      Competitive scholarship (by invitation only) awarded to selected high school senior multicultural students with at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and at least a 21 ACT composite or a 980 SAT math/verbal total (not including the writing portions of either test). Apply to Capital by Dec. 1 of your senior year to be invited. This full-tuition award is based on an on-campus essay and group conversation interview. This award covers standard tuition and renewable if you are enrolled as a full-time student, your cumulative GPA is 2.50 or higher and live in the residence halls. Awards are made for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years) to students seeking their first undergraduate degree. Full-tuition awards cannot be combined with any other institutional scholarship or grant.

    • COLLEGIATE FELLOWSHIP (FULL-TUITION)

      Competitive scholarship (by invitation only) awarded to selected high school seniors with at least a 28 ACT composite or a 1250 SAT math/verbal total (not including the writing portions of either test). Apply to Capital by Dec. 1 of your senior year to be invited. This full-tuition award is based on an on-campus essay and group conversation interview. This award covers standard tuition and is renewable if you are enrolled as a full-time student, your cumulative GPA is 3.00 or higher and live in the residence halls. Awards are made for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years) to students seeking their first undergraduate degree. Full-tuition awards cannot be combined with any other institutional scholarship or grant.

  • Special Scholarships and Grants
    • ALUMNI AWARD ($1,000)

      Award given to students who identify a relative who graduated from Capital on the admission application. This tuition-based award is renewable if you are enrolled as a full-time student and your cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher. Awards are made for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years) to students seeking their first undergraduate degree.

    • CAPITAL HIGH IMPACT PROJECT GRANT ($3,000)
      Capital High Impact Project (CHIP) Grants provide up to $3000 for well qualified and highly motivated incoming students to support engagement in scholarly activities beyond the classroom such as undergraduate research and creative work, service learning projects, and internships. CHIP grants can be used to pay you to complete a research project, provide funds to travel (both domestic and international) to major libraries, art galleries, museums, and other institutions, buy specialized equipment and materials related to completion of the proposed scholarly project. These grants are highly competitive and require a separate application. Additional CHIP Grant information and the online application can be found here.
    • LUTHERAN HERITAGE GRANT ($1,000)

      Awarded to entering traditional undergraduate students seeking their first undergraduate degree who are members of Lutheran congregations who identify themselves on the admission application or are Children of Lutheran Pastors. This tuition-based award is renewable if you are enrolled as a full-time student and your cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher. Awards are made for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years).

    • MUSIC COMPOSITION SCHOLARSHIP (UP TO $3,500)

      Scholarship available to traditional undergraduate full-time Conservatory of Music composition majors based on composition portfolio and evaluation. This tuition-based award is renewable if you are enrolled as a full-time composition major and your cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher. Awards are made for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years) to students seeking their first undergraduate degree.

    • CONSERVATORY PERFORMANCE AWARD (UP TO $5,000)

      Audition-based award available to traditional undergraduate full-time bachelor of music or bachelor of arts in music majors. This tuition-based award is renewable if you are enrolled as a full-time student, your cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher and you stay within your intended academic plan. Awards are made for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years) to students seeking their first undergraduate degree.

    • NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (HALF OR FULL ROOM AND BOARD)

      Room and board awards

      Capital University will award the following to National Merit Scholarship students who attend Capital full-time and live on campus. Both awards are based upon standard occupancy rates. Contact the admission office at 614-236-6101 for details.

      • Finalist - Full room and board award
      • Semi-Finalist - Half room and board
    • PARTNERS IN EDUCATION (MATCHING UP TO $500)

      Awards are made to full-time traditional undergraduate students seeking their first undergraduate degree who are members of participating Lutheran congregations. Capital University matches funds contributed by the congregations up to the annual maximum of $500. You must contact your pastor each year to identify your congregation’s level of participation. This award is not applied to a student’s account until the congregation's donation is received. Awards are matched for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years). Please visit the Partners In Education site to fill out an application and learn more about the award.

    • REV. RUFUS TARRANT GRANT ($2,000)

      Grant awarded to multicultural students who identify themselves on the admission application. This tuition-based award may be renewed if you are enrolled as a full-time student, and your cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher. Awards are made for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years) to students seeking their first undergraduate degree.

    • ROTC (FULL-TUITION WITH ROOM AND BOARD)

      Capital students can earn many different types and levels of ROTC scholarships. All are based on merit, leadership potential and physical aptitude. You can apply as a senior in high school or as a freshman or sophomore in college. Awards are based upon standard occupancy rates. Learn more on the Capital University ROTC website.

    • SIBLING AWARD ($1,000)

      Discount awarded to each traditional undergraduate dependent full-time student whose brother or sister is also a full-time traditional undergraduate at Capital. The amount shown on the award will be credited to your student account by the Finance Office on a semester-by-semester basis. This tuition-based award is renewable if your cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher. It is available for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years) to students seeking their first undergraduate degree.