Luther Scholar Guarantee

Selected Pre-Seminary students will receive $20,000 of total financial aid from CUW.*

Application Deadlines:

Each candidate will submit the online application and will have his pastor complete and submit the Pastoral Recommendation Form to the Pre-Seminary Director by mail, fax, or email.

Preferred deadline: 11:59 PM on December 15. Secondary deadline: 11:59 PM on February 1. The Pre-Seminary Director will then schedule an interview with qualified applicants. For more information contact the Pre-Seminary Director (Dr. Ronald Mudge, Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 North Lake Shore Dr., Mequon, WI 53097; email:; phone: 262-243-4301; fax: 262-243-2901).

Luther Scholar Application


Candidates must be admitted to CUW as new freshmen and have a major or minor in Theological Languages. They will have a GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum ACT of 22. Candidates will demonstrate that they are members in good standing of an LCMS congregation, have been active in their churches and communities, and have the support of their pastors. They will also affirm that they intend to become LCMS pastors.


The Luther Scholar Guarantee is renewed annually for up to four years based on full-time undergraduate enrollment (12-18 credits per semester), and living on campus. CUW aid is subject to change if the student’s cumulative CUW grade point average is below a 2.5. Additionally the student will maintain good standing in the Pre-Seminary Program and will take part in at least four activities of the Pre-Seminary Student Association and at least one recruitment event per year. Lastly, the student will re-affirm his commitment annually to become an LCMS pastor.


The Pre-Seminary Director will review all submitted application materials and make recommendations to the selection committee which will make the final selection of recipients. Students will normally be told whether or not they have been chosen to receive the Luther Scholar Guarantee by April 1.

In order to be eligible for all funding listed above, the candidate must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Early filing is encouraged, and we ask that candidates have applications completed by February 1st.

*IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of this esteemed award, it encompasses all institutional awards (merit, church work, early filing grants, athletic awards, extra-curricular awards, etc.) and students are not eligible for any other institutional aid. However, students may still apply for outside scholarships without impacting the Luther Scholar Guarantee.

Luther Scholar Application