A full scholarship to exceptional students

The Caroline Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program for first-year, full-time undergraduate students with a passion for social justice. This highly selective program provides challenging academic work, leadership development, service learning opportunities and financial assistance that covers full tuition, room and board. Six (6) students are chosen for the Caroline Scholars Program each year. 

Each year, Caroline Scholars:

  • receive funding that covers 100% of tuition.*
  • receive funding that covers the cost of a standard room in the residence hall (including meal plan).**
  • live in a learning community in the residence hall with other Caroline Scholars.
  • develop an awareness of social justice issues, learn ways to make a difference, and discover abilities and sensitivities around social issues.
  • enroll in a special 2 credit course with fellow Caroline Scholars every semester.
  • complete 300 hours of academic service learning each year and experience the real life social justice issues discussed in the classroom.

    *Caroline Scholars are responsible for the cost of student fees and books.
    **Caroline Scholars are required to live on campus all four years as part of the program.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the Caroline Scholars Program, you must:

  • be entering Mount Mary as an incoming first-year student.
  • have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • be accepted to Mount Mary University as a full-time student, without provisional conditions.
  • be involved in extracurricular and service-related activities in high school and in the community.
  • Please note, Nursing 1-2-1 students are not eligible for the Caroline Scholars program

How to Apply for the Caroline Scholars Program

Listed below, you will find application steps for Fall 2020 incoming students: 

1. Apply to Mount Mary. Caroline Scholarship applicants must be accepted to Mount Mary University for the 2020-2021 academic year.

2. Submit the following information and documentation to the Admission Office by Wednesday, December 4, 2019 (4:30 p.m.) 

  • Online Application: Eligible applicants should complete the online Caroline Scholars application. The online application requires applicants to submit two short essays (approximately 500 words each) - addressing the following prompts:  

    • Essay 1: Mount Mary University provides an environment for development of the whole person.  The University encourages leadership, integrity, empathy, and a commitment to social justice.  Mount Mary commits itself to excellence in teaching and learning with an emphasis on thinking critically and creatively.  Our vision is to educate women to transform the world through developing competence, community, compassion, and commitment.

      How do you strive to embody the purpose and values of Mount Mary University?

    • Essay 2: When responding to this essay question, please keep in mind the following definition of social justice: “Advocating for fairness, impartiality, and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.” The Caroline Scholars Program is dedicated to building leaders who are committed to improving social quality of community life. Scholars engage in discussions on causes and resolutions to social justice issues.

      Identify a social justice issue about which you are passionate and explain how becoming a Caroline Scholar could help you work to more fully understand and combat that issue. We encourage you to share your community and/or volunteer experience(s) in your response.


  • Resume of high school and community activities, identifying up to 10 extracurricular, service activities, or work experiences that best represent you. Please include: Organization name, dates of involvement, positions held, description of activity and how it relates to social justice. This document should be in a resume format and information can be presented as bullet-points.

  • Two letters of reccomendation
    • one letter of recommendation from a current teacher
    • one letter of recommendation from a supervisor of one of your listed activities

3. Complete an on-campus interview (selected students). Finalists will be required to come to campus for a 30 minute, in-person interview with the scholarship selection committee. Interviews will be held on-campus during the morning of Saturday, January 25, 2020. 

Contact the Admission Office with Questions

Contact Kailagh O'Keefe, Caroline Scholars Coordinator, at okeefek@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3217 with any questions regarding the Caroline Scholars Program.

Give back, never give up: Graduating scholar reflects on the Caroline challenge

Amanda Fahrendorf

After many discussions with my parents, I chose to accept the Caroline Scholarship. The fact that Mount Mary was too small, too close to home and an all-women’s institution are among the reasons I love Mount Mary the most.

Read the Reflection

Amanda Fahrendorf