Scholarships for International
and Overseas American Students

The Wartburg College Scholarship Program recognizes the academic achievement of students, their contribution to campus and community life, and considers their financial need. Prior to receiving any financial assistance, all international students must submit an International Student Financial Aid Application or CSS Profile (Wartburg Code 6926).

The Loret Ruppe International Student Scholarship
The scholarship program honors the late Loret Miller Ruppe, former director of the Peace Corps and U.S. Ambassador to Norway, whose conviction was that “peace work needs to be everybody’s work.” Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Ruppe headed the Peace Corps for eight years, the longest tenure of any director in its history.

Under Ruppe’s direction, the Peace Corps budget allocation consistently increased, and the number of volunteers grew by 20 percent. Ruppe traveled extensively during her years as Peace Corps director, visiting volunteers in more than 60 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, and South and Central America. In 1989, President George Bush appointed her ambassador to Norway, a position she held until 1993. In recognition of her ambassadorial work, she received the Grand Cross of the Norwegian Order of Merit. Loret Ruppe died in 1996 at the age of 60. In addition to her husband, Philip, she is survived by four daughters. Her daughter Loret, who served in Nepal, was the first director’s child to join the Peace Corps.


Upon meeting admission requirements, international students may be awarded scholarships up to $25,000.

  • To qualify, students must have a TOEFL score of at least 480, except as authorized by the Associate Director for International Admissions.
  • Awards are based upon scholastic achievement, participation in co-curricular activities such as music, sports, or drama, community service, and financial need.
  • Scholarships are renewable each academic year if students maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students are expected to complete their degree within four nine-month academic terms. Transfer students will have credits from other institutions, thereby reducing the time it takes to complete their degree. Scholarships will not be awarded beyond the time required for degree completion.
  • Students are expected to reside on campus to maintain full eligibility for their scholarship.

Other Scholarships & Grants

Legacy Grant $1,500 per year
For full-time students with alumni parent(s) and/or grandparents, and students with a sibling who currently attends or has graduated from Wartburg. Applicable toward tuition. Not based on financial need.

Meistersinger Music Scholarship/Music Ensemble Grant up to $5,000 per year
To qualify, you must respond to an audition invitation and be accepted for admission. Competition is open to music and non-music majors. If your scholarship is for $2500 or above you must also enroll in music lessons each term. If you audition and receive an amount less than $2500 you will be awarded a Music Ensemble Scholarship. All recipients of a music scholarship must participate in an ensemble.

High Performance Scholarships for International Students

After completing nine credit hours at Wartburg, international students who participate in two or more campus activities and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above may apply for a High Performance Scholarship of not more than $2,000. The following additional guidelines apply:

  • You must be a full-time, degree seeking student. (Some Davis scholars will not be eligible – contact the Financial Aid Office for more information)
  • The award will be effective in the next academic term in which you are enrolled full-time toward degree fulfillment. The High Performance International Scholarships Scholarship is in effect as long as your cumulative GPA remains at 3.0 or above for a maximum of four academic years (or the proratia thereof for transfer students).

To Apply

Submit a letter of request to the Director of Financial Aid, along with:

  1. A letter stating your academic goals as well as the level of participation in campus groups and activities.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the primary academic adviser attesting to progress toward academic objectives.

Requests are due within three weeks after the end of a given academic term. The Director of Financial Aid will evaluate each application and provide a written decision to the applicant within eight weeks after the end of the term.

Overseas Americans Scholarship Opportunities

Telephone: USA 319.352.8511 
Fax: USA 319.352.8579

International Tuition/Fee Payments
Wartburg College has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline the payment process for our international students. peerTransfer offers many payment options and supports multiple currencies, as well as provide competitive exchange rates. peerTransfer will ensure your payment reaches us safely and securely.