$20,000 starting aid package
The Main Street Scholarship

All Students are Welcome on Main Street.

At Capital University, education is accessible for all. With the Main Street Scholarship, Capital has committed to leveling the playing field and creating a more diverse and equitable community through equal opportunity education.

$20,000 starting aid package
All are eligible.

About the Main Street Scholarship

Welcome to Main Street, where new opportunities and endless possibilities await!

In Fall 2022, Capital University will offer The Main Street Scholarship to all accepted, full-time, undergraduate students who are entering their first year of college, including full-time transfer and international students. The Scholarship is a $20,000 award given annually and is potentially renewable for up to four years. Renewal is dependent on minimum GPA requirements and full-time enrollment. With this gift, we’re extending our hand to welcome you to the Capital community.


Too many students miss out on academic opportunities due to financial barriers. The Main Street Scholarship provides a starting aid package of $20,000 to all accepted, first-time college students. Added to this is Project Indigo, our network and technology platform that customizes your classroom and extracurricular experiences. Project Indigo provides undergraduate students with an iPad and Apple Pencil and an expanded library of apps and tools to make learning happen in real-time.


Capital distinguishes itself by our commitment to each student’s success, in and out of the classroom. And now, our commitment extends even further. The Main Street Scholarship establishes our commitment to investing in you and your future. A quality education with unparalleled support is available to you at Capital. You’ll find this – and so much more – on Main Street.


Capital is a smaller school located right next to a city of big opportunities. Access to internships, hands-on learning, and a network of alumni and partners will prepare you for life after graduation. As a student, you’re not just a number. We know you by name, allowing us to provide you with individualized attention that is a key to learning. We invite you to apply and open your door to the possibilities that await.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Main Street Scholarship is a merit-based award offered by Capital University. With The Main Street Scholarship, Capital has committed to creating a more diverse and equitable community through accessible education. We believe that motivated students should not be excluded from a quality education because financial capacity. For this reason, Capital provides the opportunity for students to receive a significant award to assist them in reaching their educational goals.

  • Through The Main Street Scholarship, all accepted full-time incoming undergraduate students will be awarded a scholarship of at least $20,000, and possibly more, depending on additional academic, community and leadership experience.
  • Main Street Scholarship dollars are applied to tuition only. Scholarship dollars cannot be applied to room and board, books, and university fees.
  • We encourage accepted students to talk with their admission counselor to see if they are eligible for additional scholarships or aid.

  • The amount of The Main Street Scholarship is determined based on a holistic application review of merit and academic achievement conducted by the Admission Office. The Main Street Scholarship is renewable for eight semesters and will be based on the same criteria established by the Admission Office.  
  • Capital University’s Financial Aid Office offers a Net Price Calculator that can give you an estimate on where you may land with scholarships and other aid. We encourage prospective students and families to contact an admission counselor to discuss financial aid and scholarship questions.

  • Applying is simple and convenient! Your application for admission to Capital doubles as your scholarship application. Capital does not require a separate scholarship application. The Admission Office evaluates all students holistically, ensuring that each student receives the maximum scholarship and aid possible.
  • Complete an application to Capital University via The Common Application OR Capital University’s online application at capital.edu/apply. The application is free.
  • A complete application includes an official high school transcript. While no essay is required, the Admission Office does recommend submitting an essay for evaluation.
  • Capital University is currently test-optional, meaning that students can apply with or without standardized test scores.

  • The Main Street Scholarship is effective beginning in Fall 2022. This award is available to accepted, full-time, traditional undergraduate students, including full-time transfer and international students. Part-time undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible for The Main Street Scholarship.
  • All undergraduate majors and minors are eligible.
  • As with all institutional aid, students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and be enrolled as a full-time student to maintain the Scholarship award.

  • Yes! Capital is a place where everyone belongs, the Main Street Scholarship is just the beginning. Historically we’ve offered more than $50 million dollars in scholarships, grants and aid annually to make Capital more affordable for families.
  • Capital offers two forms of financial aid: merit-based and need-based.
    • Merit-based awards are offered as scholarships and grants and are based on a student’s academic performance, talent, and affinity. When granting merit-based awards, Capital considers:
      • High school GPA.
      • ACT/SAT test scores, if provided.
      • Transcripts and performance on music auditions and scholarship competitions, including Collegiate Fellowship, Capital Scholars, and Battelle Scholars.
      • Student interests and relationships, and affiliations (i.e., family member is a Capital graduate, siblings or family members who are current students, Lutheran church affiliation).
    • Need-based awards are given over and above government grants and loans. Eligibility is based solely on the outcome of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted by the prospective student and their family. Factors such as test scores or athletic ability have no bearing on need-based awards.
  • Ninety-nine percent of traditional undergraduate students, including transfer students, receive financial aid from Capital.

  • The Main Street Scholarship will launch in Fall 2022. Current Capital students are not eligible for review under The Main Street Scholarship criteria. We encourage current students to connect with financial aid to explore additional scholarship opportunities.  

  • Yes. Residential status (living on campus vs. commuting from home) is not a factor of eligibility for The Main Street Scholarship.
  • For residential students, fees associated with room and board cannot be paid for by The Main Street Scholarship. The Scholarship can only be applied to tuition. Residential students (students living on campus) are eligible for the Comet Community Award, a $1000 scholarship that can be applied toward housing and meal plan costs.

  • Completion of the FAFSA is not required to qualify for The Main Street Scholarship. However, we encourage all students to consider completing the FAFSA to identify additional resources that may be available to them through state or federal funds as well as additional resources from Capital University.

We encourage you to contact the Admission Office with any questions: 614-236-6101 or admission@capital.edu. Additional scholarship opportunities are listed on our Financial Aid page.