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American Dream Grant

Through the American Dream Grant, Northwest will fill the gap between the cost of tuition, room and board, primary textbooks and the use of a computer for qualifying students so that the maximum payment the student will need to make during his or her first year at Northwest will be no more than $3,500 annually (combined fall and spring terms.) 

Renewable for one year as a tuition-only scholarship. To qualify, the student must be accepted to Northwest as a first-time freshman, with an Admission Index of 100-199 or ACT of 21-36, complete the FAFSA and all verification documents by April 1 priority date and have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) as a result of the FAFSA of 2,000 or less (dependent or independent students). The student must also apply for all federal, state, institutional and athletic scholarships or grants that he or she could be eligible to receive. After all resources are added together, American Dream funds will be used to fill any remaining gap down to $3,500, the maximum contribution required of the student. All federal and state awarding guidelines will be followed.

 *To get an estimate of your EFC prior to Jan. 1, 2016, you can go to This site is provided by the U.S. Department of Education and will give you a preview of what the FAFSA will be like.

Award: Varies. Cost of tuition, room/board, textbooks and computer usage fees, (standard double occupancy and Silver meal plan) minus all federal, state, institutional funds and $3,500 (combined fall and spring terms) maximum student contribution. Awards are for only fall and spring trimesters and maximum number awarded are subject to available funding. Student must live on campus to receive assistance for room and board. Freshman only.

American Dream Grant (beginning Fall 2017)

Through the America Dream Grant, Northwest will ensure to cost of tuition and standard fees will be covered using Federal, state, and institutional scholarships and grants.  To qualify, a student must complete the FAFSA by the February 1 priority filing date and be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.  Missouri residents must have an admission index of 100-199 or an ACT score of 21-36; non-residents must have an admission index of 140-199 or an ACT score of 23-36.  The award is renewable for four years.  To qualify for renewal, the student must remain Pell Grant eligible and complete at least 24 Northwest credit hours each academic year.  Missouri residents must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative Northwest GPA and non-residents must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative Northwest GPA. 

AWARD: VARIES: Cost of tuition and standard fees minus all Federal, state, and institutional scholarships and grants.  Awards are only for fall and spring trimesters and are subject to available funding. 

Bright Flight

Missouri resident who has a composite ACT or SAT score in the top 3% percent of all Missouri students. Enhanced ACT score of 31 or SAT scores of 790 on the math section and 800 on the critical reading section will qualify for an annual maximum award of $3,000.

The top 4th and 5th percentile with an ACT score of 30 or SAT scores of 780 in math and 770 in the critical reading will qualify for an annual maximum award of $1,000.

Renewable with cumulative 2.50 GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per year. In addition to a Bright Flight scholarship, students receives an initial $3,500 Distinguished Scholar Scholarship which renews separately if specific criteria are met. Eligible students are contacted by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

  • Award: Varies*

*Actual awards contingent on state appropriations allocated for the program on a yearly basis.

Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship

Missouri resident 18 years of age or older, enrolled at least half-time, but less than full-time. Be employed and compensated for at least 20 hours of work per week. Demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA prior to scholarship deadline. For application go to the DHE website.

  • Award: Maximum annual award is the lesser of: actual tuition charged at the school where you are enrolled or your demonstrated need.
  • Deadline: August 1

Missouri Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

To be eligible for the Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of Missouri.
  • Be African American, Asian American, Hispanic American or Native American.
  • Be a high school senior, college student or returning adult (without a degree) who ranks in the top 25% of their high school class and scores at or above the 75th percentile on the ACT or SAT examination;
    • Or, individuals who have completed 30 college hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00;
    • Or, individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are returning to an approved math or science teacher education program.
  • Attend an approved teacher education program at a community college, four-year college or university in Missouri.
Request application from your counselor or the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance, 660.562.1363, in December or January or visit the website.
  • Award: $3,000 per year for up to four years
  • Deadline: Set each year by the State Department.

Vietnam Veteran Survivor Grant Program

The Vietnam Veteran Survivor Grant Program offers up to 12 grants annually to children and spouses of Vietnam veterans who served between 1961 and 1972 and whose deaths were caused by or attributed to exposure to toxic chemicals during the Vietnam conflict. The veteran must have been a Missouri resident when entering the military and at the time of death. To be eligible for the grant, a student must be an undergraduate enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) at a participating Missouri postsecondary school, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. For a complete description of eligibility requirements, students can go to the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) website, and may download and complete the application or request it from MDHE at 800.473.6757.

  • Award: Varies. Maximum award per semester will be the lesser of actual tuition charged for 12 credit hours at the school in which you are enrolled full-time OR the average amount of tuition charged for 12 credit hours at the Missouri public four-year regional institutions.
  • Deadline: None

Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant Program

The Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant Program offers 25 grants per year to children and spouses of veterans whose deaths or injuries were a result of combat action or were attributed to illness that was contracted while serving in combat action, or who became 80% disabled due to injuries or accidents sustained in combat action since September 11, 2001. The veteran must have a Missouri resident when first entering the military or at the time of death or injury. To be eligible, a student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or otherwise lawfully present in the U.S., be enrolled at least half-time in a participating college or university, and be the veteran’s spouse at time of death or injury OR the veteran’s child who is under 25 years of age. Eligible students must download the application from the website and complete it or request it from MDHE at 800.473.6757.

  • Award: Varies. The maximum amount awarded per semester will be the sum of the following:
    • The lesser of the actual tuition charged for the number of hours in which you are enrolled OR the amount of tuition charged a Missouri resident for the same number of hours at the University of Missouri Columbia.
    • Up to $2,000 a semester for room and board
    • The lesser of the actual cost of books OR $500
  • Deadline: None

Missouri Returning Heroes' Education Act

Northwest Missouri State University is a participant of the Missouri Returning Heroes' Education Act program. The Heroes' Act limits tuition and fees charged to combat veterans to fifty ($50) per credit hour, for any program leading to a certificate or bachelor's degree. A "combat veteran" is any person who served in armed combat after September 11, 2001, who was a Missouri resident when first entering the military and who was discharged from military service under honorable conditions.

To initiate the process, a veteran must complete the form (each year) and return it with a copy of his or her DD-214 (initial application only) to:

Northwest Missouri State University
Attention: Office of Scholarships & Financial Assistance
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468

The Office of Scholarships & Financial Assistance will evaluate eligibility for the Heroes' Act after this form and the DD-214 are received. Veterans must maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA in order to maintain eligibility for additional semesters.

Missouri Saving for Tuition (MOST) Scholarship

Northwest offers a $500 scholarship to first-time freshmen students whose families have established an account in the student's name in the Missouri Saving for Tuition (MOST) Program. Twenty-five nonrenewable scholarships will be provided. Families will be responsible for providing documentation of at least two years participation in the MOST Program by submitting a statement from MOST indicating an active account for the student. This documentation, including the student's Northwest ID number, must be postmarked no later than March 1. Recipient selection will be based on need, as determined by the results of the FAFSA. Please indicate on admission application.

Documentation should be sent to:

The Office of Scholarships & Financial Assistance
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468

Or faxed to: 660.562.1674

National Guard

The purpose of this award is to encourage the students to serve their country through the National Guard and at the same time, continue their education at Northwest. Students must provide a letter of good standing from their commanding officer as proof of eligibility, maintain a 2.50 Northwest GPA and be enrolled on a full-time basis (12 hours or more per trimester) to receive the scholarship. Contact Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance 660.562.1363.

  • Award: Those students residing in residence halls will receive $700 per year, while those residing off-campus will receive $475 per year.
  • Deadline: None