Scholarships

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

You have worked hard in high school. Find out what your Northwestern College scholarship payoff will be. Enter your standardized test scores (either ACT or SAT) along with your cumulative high school GPA and we’ll provide an estimate for the 4-year academic scholarship amount you'll receive when you apply, get accepted and enroll.This estimate is not meant to represent your entire Northwestern financial aid package. Additional financial aid is available and is based on individual factors like family income (as detailed on your FAFSA) as well as participation in varsity athletics or the fine arts. For a more complete financial aid estimate, use our net price calculator.

Transferring to Northwestern? Check out your academic scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship estimator

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Based on the GPA and ACT score you provided there may be scholarships funds available for you. Contact the admissions office for more details.
Fall 2014 Annual Full-time Freshman Scholarship Awards
$17,500 • Peale Scholarship (plus RED101 Grant of $1,000/yr*)
Renewable for four years if you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA after your freshman year and a 3.0 cumulative GPA thereafter. National Merit Scholarship finalists are automatically awarded the Peale Scholarship. Additionally, such students receive a $2,000 annual renewable National Merit Finalist award.
$13,000 • Presidential Scholarship (plus RED101 Grant of $1,000/yr*)
Renewable for four years if you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA after your freshman year and a 3.0 cumulative GPA thereafter.
$11,000 • Collegiate Scholarship (plus RED101 Grant of $1,000/yr*)
Renewable for four years if you maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA after your freshman year and a 3.0 cumulative GPA thereafter.
$7,000  • Academic Achievement Award (plus RED101 Grant of $1,000/yr*)
Renewable for four years if you maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA.

Note: amounts are subject to change for future years
* RED101 Grant requires attendance at one of our spring RED101 Admitted Student Days

HOW TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP

To receive the academic scholarship you are eligible for, you must apply, be admitted and enroll at Northwestern College. Applying is easy and free. Apply online and contact us if you have any questions or if you would like us to send you more information. In order to receive the $1,000 RED101 Grant, you are required to attend one spring semester RED101 Admitted Student Day.

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

Academic scholarships for students transferring from another college are based on your college GPA:

3.7 to 4.0 GPA $10,000 
 3.5 to 3.69 $7,000
 3.25 to 3.49 $5,500
 3.0 to 3.24 $4,000

ATHLETICS AND FINE ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

You might be eligible for scholarship money if you intend to participate in these co-curricular areas: athleticsmusic or theatre.

NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

More than 700 scholarships are available to Northwestern students thanks to the generosity of the college’s alumni and friends. The scholarships are awarded to students pursuing particular majors or co-curricular opportunities or who meet other criteria specified by the donors. All enrolled students are automatically screened to determine eligibility for these scholarships; no application is necessary beyond simply applying to NWC. If you’re the best “match” with a particular scholarship’s criteria and it's awarded to you, it will become part of your financial aid package. A few scholarships for incoming students in select majors do, however, require a separate scholarship application; browse the list to see if you qualify and then apply.

TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP

Students who demonstrate financial need and show evidence of academic promise may qualify. Recipients and award sizes are determined based on your FAFSA.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP SOURCES

Additional scholarship opportunities may be available through your high school, church, or local businesses or service clubs. Or these websites may be helpful:

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children offers scholarships for those interested in teaching: