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If you're a veteran or active in the military, you're welcome at Northwestern. We're grateful for your service—and happy to let you know some veterans or students active in the armed forces may be eligible for Northwestern's De Beer Legacy Veteran's Scholarship, which ranges from $2,500 to $10,000 per year for full-time undergraduate students. In addition, we are a Yellow Ribbon school and accept GI bill benefits for qualifying students and their dependents. As a result of our services to veterans and their families, Northwestern has been ranked as a Top-10 Military-Friendly School. Contact Austin Nyhof, associate registrar, at anyhof@nwciowa.edu to learn more about your military benefits at Northwestern.

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“I love how my education classes provide real-world experience in a safe, accommodating environment. These experiences have helped me grow in confidence, so I feel prepared for teaching in a real classroom”

Lydia Wissink Lydia Wissink ’24 Secondary education major from Chisago City, Minnesota

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“Northwestern pushed me out of my comfort zone and enabled me to develop relationships with great people. The memories I have made with these lifelong friends is the biggest thing I am thankful for at Northwestern.”

Emily Strasser Emily Strasser ’22 Physical Education major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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“The community of Northwestern is unlike anything I've ever experienced. From professors and coaches to fellow students and cafeteria workers, I’ve formed truly special connections at Northwestern.”

Dylan Kirkeby Dylan Kirkeby ’24 Biophysics major from Brandon, South Dakota

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“I applied to be part of the Honors Program for several reasons, one being that I wished to give myself the best opportunity to be pushed and to strive to achieve the highest of honors. To not challenge myself at this stage would feel as though I’m selling myself short. What makes this program even more desirable is the faculty; I appreciate that my professors are scholars who wish to promote the growth of each student.”

Jonathan Johnson Jonathan Johnson ’ Business administration and psychology major from Bellflower, California

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“If you’re looking to grow during your college years, choose Northwestern.”

Libby Ven Huizen Libby Ven Huizen ’ Worship arts major from Sheldon, Iowa

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“I have gained so many more things from Northwestern than just a fabulous education. I have grown in my faith every year, I have met incredible friends—including my wife—and established relationships that will last a lifetime, and I have grown in my musical skills. Northwestern is truly an amazing college.”

Joel Van Peursem Joel Van Peursem ’ Music and secondary education major from Vermillion, South Dakota

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“Northwestern faculty and staff do a great job of challenging me. They hold high standards that are achievable and attainable. ”

Taylor VanderVelde Taylor VanderVelde ’22 Biology-health professions major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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“Being a Raider has changed my life. Coming from California to Orange City was a huge culture shock, but it was the greatest decision I could have made for myself”

Manuel Jaramillo Manuel Jaramillo ’23 Criminal Justice major from Selma, California

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“I grew in my appreciation and knowledge of other cultures. Most of my time was spent with other international students from all over the world. Asking them questions and understanding their home life was one of my favorite parts of being in Ireland.”

Emily Hurley Emily Hurley ’22 Exercise Science major from Pleasant Hill, Iowa

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“I love that Northwestern has become a second home and that no matter what, I’ll always have people who support me like family.”

Hayden Lee Hayden Lee ’22 Social work major from Long Beach, California

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“Northwestern’s faculty are amazing. Every professor cares about his or her students and strives to make their college experience special.”

Kip Cullinan Kip Cullinan ’23 Chemistry major from Urbandale, Iowa

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“I chose Northwestern because of the people. Students and faculty are very personable and willing to engage in conversation, whether it’s about academics, athletics or campus life. Northwestern makes me feel like I’m at home even when I’m away from home. ”

Jacob Lynott Jacob Lynott ’22 Nursing major from Hawarden, Iowa

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“I really love the idea of interdisciplinary study that the Honors Program offers. This really interests me because my majors are so different, and because I love to learn as much as I can. In fact, I wanted to major in four or five disciplines, but that’s not feasible, so instead I enrolled in the Honors Program because it promises experience in fields outside of your own, which is really cool.”

Landon Van Berkum Landon Van Berkum ’22 Computer science and history major from Everson, Washington

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“I love helping people. It’s fun to watch people grow and mature throughout the school year in the classes I tutor. ”

Kaytlyn Keeler Kaytlyn Keeler ’23 Biology-health professions major from Farson, Wyoming

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““To the King”—which is something casts say before every show—helps me focus on why I do what I do and how my art glorifies God. I never connected those two ideas before I came to Northwestern.”

Madilynn Loats Madilynn Loats ’24 Theatre major from Mason City, Iowa

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