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More than 500 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 meeting other criteria specified by the donors. All enrolled students are automatically considered for the majority of these scholarships. If you’re the best “match” with a particular scholarship’s criteria and you end up receiving it, you will be notified and a footnote will be on your financial aid account.  Most of these scholarships do not add additional aid to your account, but sponsor (i.e. help pay for) existing NWC aid you already receive.

A few scholarships for full-time current students in select majors do, however, require a separate scholarship application or action on your part. In each case, the winner of these awards will receive additional funds added to their account.  Browse the list to see if you qualify and then follow the instructions. Unless otherwise specified, the scholarships are for any returning full-time Northwestern College student.

ART




Van Benthem Art Scholarship

 

  • Current sophomore or junior
  • Declared art major, and/or art major with a graphic design option
  • Financial need considered
  • Application deadline:  Feb. 10

                             Download application

   

ATHLETIC TRAINING

Athletic Training Program Scholarship
 
  • Current sophomore or junior
  • At least sophomore status within the athletic training program
  • Completion of KIN151 and KIN152
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Athletic training major GPA of at least 2.0


  • Contact a member of the athletic training program faculty by Jan. 13 for more information.

BIOLOGY

Note: The application deadline is the first Monday of spring semester classes (before midnight). Your application should be returned to Dr. Sara Tolsma as a single word document. Please name your application YourSurname_scholarship_appYEAR.doc or YourSurname_scholarship_appYEAR.docx and email your completed application to stolsma@nwciowa.edu. Pdf files, other non-word files, and improperly named applications will not be considered!


Dr. and Mrs. E. B. Grossmann Scholarship
 
  • Plans for a career in one of the primary health care professions: medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, physician’s assistant, optometry, podiatric medicine, M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical field, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacy, or medical technology
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30  
    Download application


DEPENDENT OF VOGEL PAINT OR IOWA STATE BANK EMPLOYEES

Vogel Paint Scholarship

  • A $1,500 annual scholarship is available to a Vogel Paint or Iowa State Bank employee or dependent
  • Financial need is considered but not a requirement for this scholarship
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to achieve their academic goals and exhibit evidence of a sincere Christian faith and character
  • Selection will be made by the financial aid office (students receiving the scholarship must re-apply each year with other applicants)

Send a brief letter or email addressing the above qualifications by Jan. 13 to finaid@nwciowa.edu or mail a letter to Northwestern College Financial Aid, 101 7th Street SW, Orange City, IA, 51041.

GENERAL

A. R. Brouwer Scholarship
 
  • Demonstrate sincere Christian faith and character
  • An essay of 300 to 500 words on one of the following topics: truth, beauty, justice, peace or love. Define what the selected topic means to you at this point in life and how this belief will support you throughout life.
  • This scholarship is chosen by the Campus Ministry office as well as the donors.  It is typically worth over $4000.

  • Submit essay by email to campus.ministry@nwciowa.edu or bring to the front desk in Ramaker Center by January 13.

MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT

Maintenance Department Scholarship
 
  • Current sophomore or junior
  • Must have worked in the maintenance department a minimum of two semesters, or two summers, or a semester and a summer
  • Financial need
  • Sincere Christian character and leadership
  • Ability to achieve academic goals

  • Download application

MUSIC

Bogaard Memorial Scholarship
 
  • Enrollment in private string lessons
  • Participation in Chamber Orchestra
  • Annual auditions
  • Competitive audition

      Sign up in the music office for an audition. Auditions must be completed by April 10.


Leona De Jong Haverkamp Vocal Music Scholarship
 
  • Current sophomore or junior 
  • Major in vocal music or interest in attaining a high level of voice performance
  • Exemplary school record
  • Demonstrated strong Christian and moral character
  • Financial need
    Write a one-page essay assessing how your commitment to Jesus Christ has been strengthened while at Northwestern College and how you have been developing your gift of music. Submit essay to the music office by Jan. 13.


Marion Hinds Hospers Voice Scholarship
 
  • Outstanding voice qualifications
  • Competitive audition
    Sign up in the music office for an audition date. Auditions must be completed by April 10.

Dr. Rodney Jiskoot Organ Scholarship
 
  • Outstanding organ student
  • Competitive audition
    Sign up in the music office for an audition date. Auditions must be completed by April 10.


Harold G. McGilvra Keyboard Scholarship
 
  • Music major or minor
  • Demonstrated proficiency on a keyboard instrument
  • Competitive audition
    Sign up in the music office for an audition date. Auditions must be completed by April 10.

Herman & Elizabeth Ritsema Family Music Scholarship
 
  • Wind instrumentalist or percussionist
  • Conviction that developing the gift of music will bring inspiration and appreciation for good music to others
  • Competitive audition
    Sign up in the music office for an audition date. Auditions must be completed by April 10.

Cyndy Rowenhorst Memorial Scholarship
 
  • Music major or minor, with an emphasis in voice. 
  • Christian commitment
  • Financial need considered
  • Competitive audition
    Sign up in the music office for an audition date. Auditions must be completed by April 10.

Schultz Music Scholarship
 
  • Strong musical talent
  • Scholastic ability
  • Good character
  • Financial need
    Write a one-page essay assessing your personal and professional strengths as well as your music achievements at Northwestern College. Submit essay to the music office by Jan. 13.

NURSING

Penuel Senior Nursing Scholarship
  • Senior nursing student
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Essay in which applicant addresses the significance of a Bible passage as it relates to his or her calling as a nurse
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                                             Download application  

Arlene Schuiteman Christian Nursing Scholarship
  • Junior or senior nursing student in good academic standing
  • Strong financial need
  • Preference given to students who plan to practice nursing on the mission field
  • Essay must accompany application

  •                                
                                             Download application  
   

Van Roekel Nursing Scholarship
  • Current sophomore or junior, accepted into the BSN program
  • Essay required - see application
  • Application Due Jan. 15


Kendall Nursing Scholarship
  • Current sophomore, junior or senior, with preference going to sophomores
  • Must be full time and accepted into the undergraduate nursing program
  • Financial need is required



Orange City Area Health System Foundation Nursing Scholarship
 
  • Current sophomore or junior level (traditional or non-traditional) BSN students
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Cumulative gpa above 3.0
  • Renewable for a second year
  • Preference to a nursing student who intends to work in a rural health care setting

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PACIFISM

Dykstra-Muste-Nelson Peace Scholarship
 
  • Christian students
  • Committed to non-violence in all human affairs
  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need
  • Application is due Jan. 13, not Feb. 1 as indicated on the application form
  •             Download application