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Bridge Scholars

If you are a student from a historically underrepresented population, you could be a Bridge Scholar at Northwestern. Students accepted into the Bridge Scholars program will receive a scholarship and opportunities to participate in academic and co-curricular enrichment activities aimed at developing your capacity for:

  • Leadership. Effecting change in people and social systems, and encouraging others to become leaders too.
  • Reconciliation. Acting as an ambassador of God's redemptive purposes in the world.
  • Cultural intelligence. Thriving in culturally diverse settings.
  • Holy grit. Persevering toward long-term goals that have the potential to make lasting social and spiritual differences in the world.

Bridge Scholars meet for courses, discussion, mentoring and experiential learning to develop your ability to be a campus leader and advocate for an inclusive campus and curriculum, as expressed in Northwestern's Vision for Diversity.

Bridge Scholarship: $2,500 per year

Students accepted into the Bridge Scholars program will receive a $2,500 scholarship as part of your financial aid award. The scholarship will be awarded annually to Bridge Scholars who maintain a college GPA of at least 2.5 and meet program participation requirements.

Program eligibility

  • Bridge Scholars must be a member of a historically underrepresented population living in the U.S.
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.5 and an ACT score of at least 21 (or an SAT score of at least 1060)
  • Demonstrate academic and leadership potential as well as the desire and commitment to develop further as a learner and leader while in college.

Apply by Feb. 1

  1. Write a 1-page reflection on what Northwestern's Vision for Diversity means to you.
  2. Submit 1 to 3 letters of recommendation from a teacher, member of the clergy, or community leader that describe your academic performance and potential, leadership potential and spiritual maturity. 
  • Send your response and recommendation letter(s) to:
  • Rahn Franklin
  • Director of Multicultural Student Development
  • Northwestern College
  • 101 Seventh St. SW
  • Orange City, IA 51041
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