We want you to be a Raider. So we'll do everything we can to make it possible for you to choose Northwestern College.

Raider awards

Our investment in you starts with an award based on your high school GPA (or college if you’re transferring to Northwestern).

  GPA Award
Peale Scholarship 4.0 $15,000
Presidential Scholarship 3.8 to 3.99 $14,000
Collegiate Scholarship 3.65 to 3.79 $13,500
Collegiate Scholarship 3.5 to 3.64 $13,000
Academic Achievement Award 3.25 to 3.49 $12,000
Academic Achievement Award 3.0 to 3.24 $11,000
Raider Award 2.3 to 2.99 $9,000

GPAs will be rounded to the nearest hundredth. The scholarships and awards above are renewable through graduation if you maintain the required GPA. Peale and Presidential Scholarships require a 2.75 after your first year and a 3.0 thereafter. Collegiate Scholarships require a 2.75 GPA. Academic Achievement Awards require a 2.5 GPA. Raider Awards require a 2.25 GPA. 

Outstanding scholars

Send us your test scores. Outstanding scholars may be eligible for additional academic scholarships, including an Honors Program Scholarship (eligible candidates should have a GPA of ≥ 3.9 + an ACT/SAT equivalent of ≥ 29).

Athletic scholarships

Athletic scholarships are available for eligible student-athletes in sports and esports. Start by letting us know if you’re interested in playing for the Raiders so our coaches can contact you.

Stand Out scholarships

Students interested in music, theatre, worship arts, campus ministry, or other campus leadership or involvement may be eligible for scholarships that reward your talent or potential. Let us know what you’re interested in when you apply, and it may lead to a scholarship that helps you stand out as a Raider!

While the majority of Northwestern College scholarships are awarded by matching students with the scholarships for which they best meet the criteria, a few require separate applications. Applicants for the following scholarships must be incoming full-time freshmen.

Luke Scholarship

  • Strong evidence of Christian faith and character in school, church and/or community
  • Top 5% of high school class or with a minimum GPA of 3.8
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 28 (or comparable SAT score)
  • Intent to enter one of the following health science professions after graduating from Northwestern: physician (M.D. or D.O.), physician’s assistant, optometry, dentistry, podiatric medicine, or physical therapy
  • Preference given to applicants who are pre-medicine students

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James L. Franken Servant Leadership Scholarships

  • Outstanding leadership abilities and a desire to grow in those abilities while a student at Northwestern
  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA and an ACT score (or SAT equivalent) of 21 or above
  • Letter of recommendation from high school teacher
  • One-page essay reflecting on one of the core values of Jim Franken and the Interstates Companies for which he worked: servant-leadership, dependability, integrity, trust, quality or family

The application deadline is December 18. Email your application, teacher recommendation and essay to  Kendall Stanislav, director of experiential education at Northwestern College.

If you are chosen to receive a Franken Servant Leadership Scholarship, you will enroll in the 4-credit Transformational Leadership course, offered by Northwestern's Franken Leadership Center. (Transformational Leadership fulfills one of the college's Integrated General Education, or IGE, requirements.)

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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 the Northwestern College Director of Financial Aid, 101 7th Street SW, Orange City, IA, 51041.

Veterans or students active in the armed forces are eligible for Northwestern's De Beer Legacy Veteran's Scholarship, which ranges from $2,500 to $10,000 per year. Contact the registrar's office to learn more about your GI Bill benefits at Northwestern.

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: