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Scholarships for First-time Freshmen

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 2021 or later. 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.

The criteria listed on these pages is for initial awarding as a first-time student at Northwest Missouri State University. To review the renewal requirements for the scholarship(s) you have been awarded, please visit Scholarships for Current Students.

Please note: The downloadable .PDFs are 508 compliant.

Admission-Based Freshman Scholarships

For Incoming Fall 2022 Students

Merit-Chart

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For incoming Spring/Summer 2022 students

2021 Merit scholarship chart

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#or SAT equivalent


The President's Scholarship and Admission-Based Freshman Scholarships are mutually exclusive; they do not "stack" and cannot be combined.

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President's Scholarship

Requirements:

  • ACT: 27-36 and minimum 3.75 GPA
  • Accepted for admission by the 3rd Thursday of January-Must be enrolled Fall
  • Must attend Northwest's Distinguished Scholars' Day

Award Amount (fall/spring):

  • $8,000
  • Competitive; 10 awarded
  • Notification to student by first week of March

The President's Scholarship and Admission-Based Freshman Scholarships are mutually exclusive; they do not "stack" and cannot be combined.

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Bearcat Advantage and Green & White (for non-Missouri residents)

For incoming Fall 2022 students

Out of State Awards

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For incoming Spring/Summer 2022 students

 2021 Bearcat advantage chart

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# or SAT equivalent

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Northwest A+ Scholarship

Requirements:

  • Apply for Admissions by April 1
  • 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

Award Amount:

  • $1,500
  • May receive in addition to other Northwest automatic scholarships
  • Limited number awarded
  • Only available to students beginning in the fall semester

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TeamMates Scholarship

Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative high school 2.5 GPA
  • Must have a TeamMates+ Mentor and been in TeamMates for a minimum of 3 years
  • Must apply for admission before Jan. 15 and enroll as a full-time student in the fall
  • Must submit FAFSA no later than Jan. 15 and be Pell Grant eligible

Award Amount (fall/spring):

  • Up to $1,000
  • Competitive; 1 awarded

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Multicultural Scholarship

For incoming Fall 2022 students

Multicultural scholarships

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For incoming Spring/Summer 2022 students

 2021 Multicultural scholarship chart

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 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. Non-immigrant students are not eligible. For further information, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance at 660.562.1363.

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
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman 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 International Studies
  • Sumner High School
  • University Academy-Upper
  • Vashon High School

# or SAT equivalent

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Scholarship

Requirements:

  • First-time freshman
  • Accepted for admission by May 1
  • Actual award made upon confirmation that the IB Diploma has been earned

Award Amount (fall/spring):

  • $1,000
  • May receive in addition to other Northwest automatic scholarships
  • Maximum of 20 awarded
  • One year, nonrenewable scholarship

Show-Me Scholars Scholarship

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

Award Amount (fall/spring):

  • $500
  • May receive in addition to other Northwest automatic scholarships
  • Return scholarship contract by June 2nd
  • One year, nonrenewable scholarship

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

Northwest Foundation and Major-Specific Scholarships

The Standard Scholarship Application houses the majority of our departmental and foundation scholarships that are funded by our Northwest Foundation, departments, and private donors. To fill out the Standard Scholarship Application, login to CatPAWS, click the Student tab, and then select the Standard Scholarship Application box.


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