Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships for first-time freshmen

Freshmen scholarships are based on the student's unweighted high school GPA and scores received on the ACT or SAT. Students who have earned college credits in high school are still considered freshmen for scholarship purposes.

Scholarship Amounts

2017–2018

  • Presidential: $13,000
  • Deans Scholarship: $11,000
  • Faculty Scholarship: $9,000
  • Founders Scholarship: $7,000
  • Directors Grant: $4,000

2016–2017

  • Presidential: $12,000
  • Deans Scholarship: $10,000
  • Faculty Scholarship: $8,000
  • Founders Scholarship: $6,000
  • Directors Grant: $3,000

Presidential and Deans Scholarships – maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher. These are renewable annually while attending Northwestern, provided the student maintains the following academic standards:

  • Faculty Scholarship – maintain a cumulative college GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Founders Scholarship – maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress whereby a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher is achieved mid-way through the program of study and/or have completed at least 2/3 of coursework attempted.

Act Six Scholarship Program

Full-tuition and fees

Learn about the program and find out about applying online today! This scholarship is only available to high school seniors going into their first year of college. Act Six applications are due to Urban Ventures in November, prior to the year the student is applying to college.

An initiative of Urban Ventures, Act Six is Minneapolis—St. Paul’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership award. Launched in 2002 by the Northwest Leadership Foundation in Tacoma, Washington, Act Six seeks to develop urban and community leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Since the program’s inception, 61 cohorts of ethnically diverse, mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholars have enrolled at eight colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest. In 2015 Act Six expanded its reach and developed a program site to serve Twin Cities' students in collaboration with South Minneapolis nonprofit Urban Ventures.

Seven students were selected by the Act Six program as emerging urban and community leaders to receive scholarships to attend University of Northwestern through the Act Six program for the 2016/17 academic year.

Eagle Scholars Honors Scholarship

Additional money added to other awards, making a total financial aid package of up to $19,500, annual, renewable

Northwestern's honors program is designed to challenge high-ability students to greater academic achievement. To apply, new students admitted to Northwestern must have an ACT of 30 or higher or SAT of 1400 or higher.

Applications are due mid-January before the fall in which the student enters Northwestern. See application for the current due date and application instructions. The scholarship is renewable annually with successful involvement in the Honors Program, including a cumulative college GPA of 3.65 or higher.

Leadership Award

$2,000 annual, renewable

Approximately 50 of these competitive four-year awards are presented each year to new students who demonstrate leadership potential as indicated through the admission application and references. Candidates must commit to full participation in Northwestern’s Leadership Development Program to receive this award.

To apply, write a brief essay (under one page) about your leadership qualities and experiences with an emphasis on how they will help you be a leader at UNW. Send your essay to leadershipaward@unwsp.edu by January 15, 2017.

Music Scholarship

Up to $8,000

Music scholarships are available to music majors and minors as well as non-music majors; to both new and continuing students ranging from $1,000–$8,000 annually. In addition, selected students receive a renewable $1,000–$1,500 UNW Music Grant that can offset private lesson study at Northwestern. New students are awarded scholarships through the Music Audition Application process. Returning students can obtain an application through the music office.

For details visit unwsp.edu/music or call the Department of Music & Theatre at 651-631-5218 or 888-878-5514. 

Theatre Arts Scholarship

Up to $4,000

Scholarships are awarded each year to incoming theatre majors and minors through an audition process each spring. Returning students may apply to continue their award. These awards carry the expectation of active involvement on stage and/or backstage.

See unwsp.edu/theatre for more information or contact theatre arts at 651-286-7536 or via e-mail at theatre@unwsp.edu.

Transfer student scholarships

Transfer Scholarship

Transfer students who have earned college credit after graduating from high school and have a minimum college GPA of 2.75 (see chart below) are eligible for a Transfer Scholarship.

Cumulative College GPA – Scholarship Amount for Spring 2017

  • 3.5-4.0 – $8,000
  • 2.75-3.49 – $5,000
  • Below 2.75 – $3,000

Cumulative College GPA – Scholarship Amount for Fall 2017

  • 3.5-4.0 – $9,000
  • 2.75-3.49 – $6,000
  • Below 2.75 – $4,000

This scholarship is renewable annually while attending Northwestern provided the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress whereby a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher is achieved mid-way through the program of study and/or have completed at least 2/3 of coursework attempted.

*Scholarships above effective for students starting in Spring 2017 and Fall 2017
 

Eagle Scholars Honors Scholarship

Additional money added to other awards, making a total financial aid package of up to $17,000 annual, renewable

Northwestern's honors program is designed to challenge high-ability students to greater academic achievement. To apply, new students admitted to Northwestern must have an ACT of 30 or higher or SAT of  1320 or higher. Applications are due mid-January before the fall in which the student enters Northwestern. See application for the current due date and application instructions. The scholarship is renewable annually with successful involvement in the Honors Program, including a cumulative college GPA of 3.65 or higher.

Leadership Award

$2,000 annual, renewable

Approximately 50 of these competitive four-year awards are presented each year to new students who demonstrate leadership potential as indicated through the admission application and references. Candidates must commit to full participation in Northwestern’s Leadership Development Program to receive this award.

Music Scholarship

Up to $8,000

Music scholarships are available to music majors and minors as well as non-music majors; to both new and continuing students ranging from $1,000–$8,000 annually. In addition, selected students receive a renewable $1,000–$1,500 UNW Music Grant that can offset private lesson study at Northwestern. New students are awarded scholarships through the Music Audition Application process. Returning students can obtain an application through the music office.

For details visit unwsp.edu/music or call the Department of Music & Theatre at 651-631-5218 or 888-878-5514. 

Theatre Arts Scholarship

Up to $4,000

Scholarships are awarded each year to incoming theatre majors and minors through an audition process each spring. Returning students may apply to continue their award. These awards carry the expectation of active involvement on stage and/or backstage.

See unwsp.edu/theatre for more information or contact theatre arts at 651-286-7536 or via e-mail at theatre@unwsp.edu.

Continuing student scholarships

Eagle Scholars Honors Scholarship

Additional money added to other awards, making a total financial aid package of up to $17,000, annual, renewable

Northwestern's honors program is designed to challenge high-ability students to greater academic achievement. High-achieving students will be given the opportunity to apply for this scholarship near the end of their first year at Northwestern. The scholarship is renewable annually with successful involvement in the Honors Program.  

Leadership Award

$2,000 annual, renewable

Approximately 50 of these competitive four-year awards are presented each year to new students who demonstrate leadership potential as indicated through the admission application and references. Candidates must commit to full participation in Northwestern’s Leadership Development Program to receive this award.

Music Scholarship

Up to $8,000

Music scholarships are available to music majors and minors as well as non-music majors; to both new and continuing students ranging from $1,000–$8,000 annually. In addition, selected students receive a renewable $1,000-$1,500 UNW Music Grant that can offset private lesson study at Northwestern. New students are awarded scholarships through the Music Audition Application process. Returning students can obtain an application through the music office.

For details visit unwsp.edu/music or call the Department of Music & Theatre at 651-631-5218 or 888-878-5514. 

Theatre Arts Scholarship

Up to $4,000

Scholarships are awarded each year to incoming theatre majors and minors through an audition process each spring. Returning students may apply to continue their award. These awards carry the expectation of active involvement on stage and/or backstage.

See unwsp.edu/theatre for more information or contact theatre arts at 651-286-7536 or via e-mail at theatre@unwsp.edu.

Endowed Scholarships for Continuing Students

$500 and up

Students who have attended at least one semester at Northwestern and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher will be considered. Students fill out an online scholarship application to apply for these awards. Awards are announced in April and are made the following fall and spring semesters. You must apply for these scholarships each year.

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Note for International Students

Most international students are not eligible to receive state or federal assistance. However, you can fill out the International Student Financial Assistance Application on the Forms page to pursue eligibility for various forms of Northwestern aid based on previous academic achievements. The application deadline is June 1.

International students may also qualify for up to 20 hours of work on campus per week.