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Northwest Missouri State University

Financial Aid Opportunities

Student Support Services offers its members several financial aid opportunities.  They are Grant Aid & three different scholarships; The Saville, Pat Danner and Marvin E. and Kathryn B. Lehnen.  Applications are available online only and available October 7, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.  

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Grant Aid & Scholarship Criteria

Basic eligibility:

Grant aid and each scholarship has it's eligibity listed below.  Each award for the following semester (Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014 & Spring 2015) are contingent upon meeting certain criteria during the first semester that the scholarship is awarded.  The grant aid and scholarships, including the number of recipients and award amount, are based on the availability of funds.  

Grant aid & scholarships applications, along with all required supplemental paperwork, must be submitted to the SSS office by the following deadlines:

Grant Aid:  

  • For Spring 2014 - December 5, 2013
  • For Summer 2014 - April 11, 2014
  • For Fall 2014 - April 18, 2014

All Scholarships:

  • For the entire 2014 -2015 School Year - January 17, 2014

Below are the links for the application process.  The General Grant Aid & Scholarship Application is an all inclusive application.  It contains the following sections:

  • Student - This section is for you to fill out information about yourself.  
  • Awards - This section is for you to select if you are applying for grant aid or a particular scholarship.
  • Essays - This section is determined by which financial opportunity you are applying for.  If you applying for Grant Aid, there are 3 essay questions (500 characters each).  If you are applying for Scholarships, there are 5 short answer questions and 1 essay question (1250 characters)
  • References - This section is to notify which recommendations you need for either the grant aid or scholarships.  If you are applying for both, you need one Northwest Employee and one Mentor recommendation.
  • Review Page - This section is an overview of your completed application.  Please print this out when you are done and press "Submit"

General Grant Aid & Scholarship Application

Mentor Recommendation      Northwest Employee Recommendation

Grant Aid Scholarship Program

For the past several years, Northwest’s Student Support Services (SSS) offers grant aid scholarships to a select group of program participants.  The United States Department of Education dictates certain eligibility requirements.  If you meet all of these requirements, then you could be eligible for consideration for one of these scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be currently receiving a Pell Grant through the Federal Government
  2. Must be in 1st or 2nd year of college
  3. Must use the scholarship to offset unmet financial need or to supplement loans
  4. Must complete online financial literacy session(s) through Financial Literacy 101, as well as other SSS events as determined by our staff.

In addition, SSS program staff feels that recipients must be willing to participate actively in program activities.  Students who are interested in being a recipient of the SSS Grant Aid Scholarship should be prepared to demonstrate their intent through participation in financial literacy, career, and academic workshops. 


Northwest’s SSS Program has offered the SSS Grant Aid Scholarship since 2001.  The program is funded through the United States Department of Education.  Since its inception, the program has helped over 100 SSS students offset the rising costs of completing a college education.

What is the size of the scholarship?

Awards will vary depending on each individual’s needs and the number of recipients.  However, it is anticipated that the awards will range between $550-$1,600 each trimester.

Once I receive the award, what must I do to remain eligible for subsequent trimesters?

There are some expectations that the SSS staff have for those who are awarded a scholarship.  Among these are:

  • Actively participate in SSS activities throughout the school year.
  • Secure 5 and 10 week grade progress reports from each of your instructors and seek assistance if you are receiving a grade below a C in any course.
  • Meet routinely with your Student Mentor.
  • Attend an SSS-sponsored Financial Assistance Workshop and complete online sessions through Financial Literacy 101.
  • Maintain “good academic standing” status at Northwest. The time involvement of these activities usually pans out to be about 15-20 hours each trimester.

Saville Scholarship

  1. Minimum of two trimesters completed at Northwest with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher by May 2013
  2. Active membership in SSS
  3. Minimum Participation Requirements:
    1. Attended at least one cultural/encore event
    2. Met with Student Mentor in person at least four times
    3. Completed Needs Assessment
    4. Improved academic skills in one of the following ways:
      • Attended a SSS workshop
      • Met with a tutor from TDC, Math or Writing Skills Lab
      • Met with your Student Mentor for pre-tutoring sessions
  4. The applicant demonstrates financial need and shows considerable commitment to school
  5. Two recommendation letters:  One from a Northwest Employee (Preferably a supervisor or instructor) and One from your Mentor.

Pat Danner Scholarship

  1. Preference shall be given to a displaced homemaker, as defined by the State of Missouri: An individual whose principal job has been homemaking, who has lost his or her main source of income because of divorce, separation, death or disability of a spouse, or loss of eligibility for public assistance, and who has not been employed on a full-time basis of 40 hours/week for at least three years.  Note: If no applicants meets the criteria, selection committee shall have discretion to award the scholarship to a similarly worthy student who is overcoming barriers to receive an education. 
  2. Minimum enrollment in nine credit hours.
  3. Show progress toward the completion of pertinent degree requirements.
  4. Two recommendation letters:  One from a Northwest Employee (Preferably a supervisor or instructor) and One from your Mentor.

Marvin E. and Kathryn B. Lehnen Scholarship

  1. Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher by May 2014.
  2. Preference given to a non-traditional student with a business major.
  3. Maintain employment throughout the school year.
  4. Financial need and considerable commitment to higher education.
  5. Two recommendation letters:  One from a Northwest Employee (Preferably a supervisor or instructor) and One from your Mentor