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Northwest Missouri State University


Freshman Scholarships

Northwest offers a wide variety of scholarships for first-time students. We've listed them here based on the application process, from automatic scholarships that the University will determine based on your application for admission, to private scholarships that require you to call for information. Please look through all these pages to see what you're eligible for (for instance, scholarships for your intended major, or for scholarships from your hometown).


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Automatic Freshman Scholarships (No Application Needed)

Programs in effect for students entering Northwest for the first time in fall 2017. Admission-based scholarships have admission application deadline of May 1 to guarantee scholarship awards. For students who complete their admission application after May 1, scholarships will be awarded contingent upon available funding.

No separate scholarship application is required.

  • For Spring and Summer 2016, scholarship level is determined by Admission Index (combined percentile of class rank and ACT/SAT score provided on high school transcript with admission application).

  • Northwest will transition to the scholarship requirements and amounts within the below chart beginning Fall 2017.

Automatic scholarship chart

President's Scholarship (initial enrollment before Fall 2017)

  • Initial Requirements:
    • 3.30 GPA AND
    • Index: 180-199 or ACT: 27-36 or SAT: 1210-1600
    • Accepted for admissions by Jan. 25
  • Award: $8,000
    • Competitive; 10 awarded 
    • Notification to student by March 1
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year
    • Additional renewal requirements listed on signed contract.  Copy of contract available from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid upon request.
  • Maximum Award: Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years
    • Renewable only to those who initially received the award as a freshman

Distinguished Scholarship (initial enrollment before Fall 2017)

    • Initial Requirements:
      • 3.30 GPA AND
      • Index: 180-199 or ACT: 27-36 or SAT: 1210-1600
    • Award: $3,500
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year - $2,500
    • *Renewable only to those who initially received the award as a freshman.
    • If GPA is less than 3.50, student will follow Northwest Scholar, Tower Scholar and Academic Excellence Scholar requirements
  • Maximum Award:
    • Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years

Tower Scholarship (initial enrollment before Fall 2017)

  • Initial Requirements:
    • 3.00 GPA AND
    • Index: 140-179 or ACT: 23-26 or SAT: 1050-1200
  • Award: $2,500
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • *Students may FLOAT between levels each academic year depending on Northwest cumulative GPA listed below
    •  All require completion of 24 credit hours per academic year
      • 3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA - $1,500 - Academic Excellence
      • 3.40 Northwest cumulative GPA - $1,000 - Tower Scholar
      • 3.30 Northwest cumulative GPA - $750 - Northwest Scholar
    • If Northwest cumulative GPA is less than 3.30, student is not eligible to return to any level of these scholarships
  • Maximum Award: Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years

Freshman Merit Award (initial enrollment before Fall 2017)

  • Initial Requirements:
    • 2.75 GPA AND
    • Index: 100-139 or ACT: 21-22 or SAT: 980-1040
  • Award: $1,000
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • Renews to University Scholar program with completion of 24 credit hours per academic year and minimum 3.30 Northwest cumulative GPA
  • Maximum Award: Two trimesters of Merit and six trimesters of University Scholar

President's Scholarship (initial enrollment Fall 2017 or later)

Initial Requirements:
  • 3.75 GPA AND ACT: 27-36 or SAT: 1210-1600
    • Accepted for admissions by Jan. 25
    • Award: $8,000
  • Competitive; 10 awarded 
  • Notification to student by March 1
    • Renewal Requirements:
      • 3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year
      • Additional renewal requirements listed on signed contract.  Copy of contract available from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid upon request.
    • Maximum Award:
      • Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years
      • Renewable only to those who initially received the award as a freshman

Distinguished Scholar (initial enrollment Fall 2017 or later)

Initial Requirements:
  • See chart for initial requirements
  • Award: $4,000
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Maximum Award:
    • Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years

Academic Excellence (initial enrollment Fall 2017 or later)

Initial Requirements:
  • See chart for initial requirements
  • Award: $3,000
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Maximum Award:
    • Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years

Tower Scholar (initial enrollment Fall 2017 or later)

Initial Requirements:
  • See chart for initial requirements
  • Award: $2,000
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Maximum Award:
    • Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years

University Scholar (initial enrollment Fall 2017 or later)

 Initial Requirements:
  • See chart for initial requirements
  • Award: $1,500
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 2.75 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Maximum Award:
    • Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years

Northwest Merit (initial enrollment Fall 2017 or later)

 Initial Requirements:
  • See chart for initial requirements
  • Award: $1,000
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 2.75 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Maximum Award:
    • Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years

Bearcat Advantage

  • Initial Requirements:
    • 2.00 GPA AND
    • Index: 140-199 or ACT: 23-36 or SAT: 1130-1600
    • Non-Missouri resident
  • Award:
    • 100% difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition
    • Estimate: $6,320 (based on 30 credit hours for fall/spring trimesters - will be adjusted to actual enrollment)
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 hours per academic year
  • Maximum Award: 132 total credit hours earned (including dual credit and transfer hours)

Green and White Advantage

  • Initial Requirements:
    • 2.00 GPA AND
    • Index: 100-139 or ACT: 21-22 or SAT: 1060-1120
    • Non-Missouri resident
  • Award:
    • 50% reduction in difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition
    • Estimate: $3,160 (based on 30 credit hours for fall/spring trimesters)
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 hours per academic year (renews to Bearcat Advantage)
  • Maximum Award: 132 total credit hours earned (including dual credit and transfer hours)

Northwest A+ Scholarship

  • Initial Requirements:
    • First-time freshman
    • 2.50 GPA AND
    • Index: 100-199 or ACT: 21-36 or SAT: 1090-1600
    • Attend an A+ eligible Missouri high school and Indicate A+ on admission application
    • Accepted for admission by April 1.  
    • Actual award made upon confirmation of completed A+ requirements.
  • Award: $1,500
    • May receive in addition to other Northwest automatic scholarships. 
    • Limited number awarded
    • Only available to students beginning in the fall trimester
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • Renewable for one year by completing 24 credit hours at Northwest during the year with a 3.30 Northwest cumulative GPA.

Cultural Enrichment Scholarship

  • Initial Requirements:
    • Eligibility: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, U.S. citizen or a graduate from eligible high schools. Students must participate in the MORE Mentoring Program. For further information, reference the "Diversity" brochure or contact the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 660.562.1367.

      Graduates of the following Missouri high schools may also be considered for the Cultural Enrichment Scholarship.

      • African-Centered College Prep Academy
      • Allen Villiage High School
      • Alta Vista Charter
      • Central Academy of Excellence
      • Confluence Preparatory Academy
      • Construction Careers Center
      • De Lasalle Charter School
      • Hazeleood East High School
      • Hogan Preparatory Academy
      • Jennings High School
      • McCluer South-Berkeley High
      • Miller Career Academy
      • Normandy High School
      • Northwest Academy of Law
      • Riverview Gardens Sr. High
      • Soldan Internal Studies
      • Sumner High School
      • University Academy-Upper
      • Vashon High School
    • Index: 100-119 
    • Index: 120-139 
    • Index: 140-159 
    • Index: 160-199
    • And minimum 2.00 GPA
  • Award:
    • $500 (Index: 100-119 or ACT: 21 or SAT: 1060-1090)
    • $750 (Index: 120-139 or ACT: 22 or SAT: 1100-1120)
    • $1,000 (Index: 140-159 or ACT: 23-24 or SAT: 1130-1190)
    • $1,200 (Index: 160-199 or ACT: 25-36 or SAT: 1200-1600)
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • 3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA; completion of 24 credit hours per year and acceptable participation in the MORE program. 
    • Renews to an award amount of $1,000. 
  • Maximum Award: Eight trimesters within consecutive academic years

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Scholarship

  • Initial Requirements:
    • First-time freshman
    • Accepted for admission by May 1
    • Scholarships will only be awarded to students after confirmation that the IB Diploma has been earned, send in a hard copy of your IB diploma to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance or have it sent electronically from the International Baccalaureate Office
  • Award: $1,000
    • Maximum of 20 awarded on a first come, first serve basis
    • May receive in addition to other Northwest automatic scholarships
  • Renewal Requirements: Nonrenewable

Show-Me Scholars Scholarship

  • Initial Requirements:
    • First-time freshman
    • Attend a high school that participates in the Show-Me Scholars Initiative and indicate participation on admission application
    • Accepted for admission by May 1 
    • Provide proof of completion of the requirements for the Show-Me Scholars Program by returning the scholarship contract by June 2 to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance
  • Award: $500
    • May receive in addition to other Northwest automatic scholarships. 
    • Return contract by June 2
  • Renewal Requirements: Nonrenewable

Missouri Boys/Girls State Scholarship

  • Initial Requirements:
    • First-time freshman
    • Apply for admission by Feb. 1
    • Missouri Boys/Girls State attendee (indicate participation on admission application)
    • Submit listing of activities and leadership positions held during Boys/Girls State to Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance.
    • Complete the Standard Scholarship Application
  • Award:
    • Boys State: Five $1000 awards
    • Girls State: Five $1000 awards
    • Notification to student by March 1
  • Renewal Requirements: Nonrenewable

Alumni Scholarship

  • Initial Requirements:
    • Son, daughter or spouse of Northwest graduate
    • Provide graduate's personal information on admission application
  • Award: $500
    • Notification made from Alumni office
  • Renewal Requirements: Nonrenewable

Northwest Foundation Scholarships

To search an up-to-date listing of scholarships funded by the Northwest Foundation and view donor profiles, please click here.

University and State Sponsored Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded through University and state programs. Such scholarships include Bright Flight and the Missouri Teacher Education Scholarship among others.

Complete listing of University and State Sponsored Scholarships »

Major-Specific Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by contributions to our Northwest Foundation or by private donors and are specified to designated majors.