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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).

Programs in effect for students entering Northwest for the first time in fall 2018. 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.

 

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Admission-Based Freshman Scholarships

Merit-Chart

Renewal Requirements:

  • Requires completion of 24 credit hours per academic year and the following Northwest cumulative GPA:
    • Distinguished Scholar: 3.50
    • Academic Excellence: 3.00
    • Tower Scholar: 3.00
    • University Scholar: 2.75
    • Northwest Merit: 2.75
  • Maximum award: 8 trimesters within consecutive academic years

President's Scholarship

Requirements Award Amount
(fall / spring)
Renewal Requirements
  • ACT: 27-36 and minimum 3.75 GPA
  • Accepted for admission by January 25-fall award
  • Must attend Northwest's Distinguished Scholars' Day
  • $8,000
  • Competitive; 10 awarded
  • Notification to student by March 3
  • 3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Renewable to those who
    initially received the award as a freshman
  • Maximum award: 8 trimesters within consecutive academic years

Bearcat Advantage and Green & White

Out of State Awards

Renewal Requirements:

  • Requires completion of 24 credit hours per academic year and the following Northwest cumulative GPA:
    • Bearcat Advantage: 3.00
    • Green and White Advantage: Renews to Bearcat Advantage with 3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA.
  • Maximum award: 132 total credit hours earned (including dual credit and transfer hours)

Northwest A+ Scholarship

Requirements Award Amount
(fall / spring)
Renewal Requirements
  • First-time freshman
  • ACT: 18-36 and minimum 2.50 GPA
  • Attend an A+ eligible Missouri high school and indicate A+ on admissions application
  • Actual award made upon confirmation of completed A+ requirements
  • $1,500
    May receive in addition to other Northwest automatic scholarships
  • Limited number awarded
  • Only available to students beginning in the fall trimester
  • Renewable for one year by completing 24 credit hours at Northwest during the year with a 3.30 Northwest cumulative GPA

Multicultural Scholarship

MC

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, contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 660.562.1317.

Graduates of the following Missouri high schools may also be considered for the Multicultural Scholarship.
  • African-Centered College Prep Academy
  • Allen Village High School
  • Alta Vista Charter
  • Central Academy of Excellence
  • Confluence Preparatory Academy
  • Construction Careers Center
  • De LaSalle Charter School
  • Hazelwood 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
Renewal Requirements:
  • Requires completion of 24 credit hours per academic year and a 3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA.
  • Renews to an award amount of $1000.
  • Maximum award: 8 trimesters within consecutive academic years

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Scholarship

Requirements Award Amount
(fall / spring)
Renewal Requirements
  • First-time freshman
  • Accepted for admission by May 1
  • Actual award made upon confirmation that the IB Diploma has been earned
  • $1,000
    May receive in addition to other Northwest automatic scholarships
  • Maximum of 20 awarded
  • Nonrenewable

Show-Me Scholars Scholarship

Requirements Award Amount
(fall / spring)
Renewal Requirements
  • First-time freshman
  • Attend a high school that participated in the Show-Me Scholars Initiative and indicate participation on admissions application
  • Accepted for admission by May 1
  • $500
    May receive in addition to other Northwest automatic scholarships
  • Return scholarship contract by June 2nd
  • 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.