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Students come first at Northwest. It's just that simple.

No child who wants to go to college and who is willing to work hard should be prevented by financial need. However, for Northwest to remain competitive, providing meaningful scholarship support is essential for attracting quality students.

Over 30% of Northwest's students are first-generation college students. Many provide a majority of their own educational costs. As the cost of higher education continues to rise, today's high school students know scholarships may be the determining factor if a college education is in their future.

Northwest recently has restructured its existing scholarships to be more competitive, strategic and attractive to potential students. Such efforts include enhancing opportunities for out-of-state students and implementing need-based awards such as the Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship and American Dream Grant. Contributions, like an endowed gift, can establish a perpetual source of income for Northwest for scholarships and grants.

A variety of options are available for creating scholarship assistance for Northwest students. By establishing or supporting a scholarship, a donor can:

  • Leave a personal legacy, or that of a loved one, at a University that made an impact on his or her life
  • Invest in future generations of Bearcats
  • Assist students with extreme financial need
  • Reward continuing students pursuing a specified academic field of study
  • Directly assist with Northwest's recruitment and retention efforts
  • Help create long-term financial stability for Northwest

As you can see, there are many reasons to establish a scholarship and we thank all of our current donors. Many of their stories can be found by visiting our Donor Biography page, which provides more detailed information about each donor. 

The University is a jewel in northwest Missouri. It’s really supportive of the small rural communities where kids, like I used to be, need an opportunity to get an education.

Jennifer Dawson Nicholson
Foundation Board Member

Support a scholarship today!

Visit our online giving form, view the complete listing of all scholarships, or contact Brooke Bowles at 660.562.1248 or