We want you to be a Raider. So we start with a guarantee that you'll receive at least $15,000 in Northwestern scholarships and grants. (That's $60,000 over 4 years!)

Academic scholarships

Our investment in you starts with a scholarship based on your high school GPA (or college if you’re transferring to Northwestern). Enter your GPA (and test score if you have one) to see what academic scholarship you'll receive: 

Enter your cumulative high school GPA
Enter your ACT composite or SAT (Math + Critical Reading) score

ACT/SAT bonus

Send us your test scores. Outstanding scholars may be eligible for additional academic scholarships, including:

  • A bonus will added to your academic scholarship if your ACT/SAT equivalent is ≥ 25. Scores need to be submitted by Dec. 31.
  • An ACT/SAT score is required for Honors Program eligibility. Eligible students will receive an invitation to apply from our Honors Program directors. Students accepted into the the program are awarded a renewable $1,500 Honors Program Scholarship. Learn more about Northwestern's Honors Program.

Athletic and esport scholarships

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.

Performing arts scholarships

Scholarships are available for students who want to participate in music, theatre or worship arts.

Stand Out scholarships

Scholarships are available for eligible students with the potential to enrich our campus community through their academic, leadership or mission gifts. When you apply, tell us what you're involved in and why you want to be part of our Christian academic community, and it may lead to a scholarship that helps you stand out as a Raider!

More scholarship opportunities

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.

  • Preference for incoming freshman intending to major in nursing who demonstrates a Christian commitment and shows evidence of financial need
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • First preference to an incoming student from Illinois
  • Application deadline: Jan. 8

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  • 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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Students with outstanding leadership abilities and a desire to grow in those abilities at Northwestern may apply for James L. Franken Servant-Leadership Scholarships. To be eligible, students must meet at least one of these two criteria:

High school GPA ≥ 3.25 and ACT score (or SAT equivalent) of ≥ 23
Graduation from a CAPS Network program

The application deadline is Dec. 18. Applicants should mail the following to Kendall Stanislav, director of experiential education at Northwestern College:

  1. Application (download and complete)
  2. Letter of recommendation from a high school teacher
  3. 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. 

If you are chosen to receive a Franken Servant Leadership Scholarship, you will be enrolled in the 4-credit Transformational Leadership course. (Transformational Leadership fulfills one of the college's NWCore requirements.)

  • 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.

Scholarships of $2,500 are available to students from historically underrepresented populations who are accepted into Northwestern's Bridge Scholars program. To be eligible for the Bridge Scholars program, you must:

  • Be a member of a historically underrepresented population living in the U.S.
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.5
  • Demonstrate academic and leadership potential as well as the desire and commitment to develop further as a learner and leader while in college.

The $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to Bridge Scholars who maintain a college GPA of at least 2.5 and meet program participation requirements.

Apply by January 15

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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: