Scholarships Help Ease Students' Financial Burden

Help to free students from the financial constraints associated with higher education. No person 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.

Nearly 40% 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.


The Adopt-A-Bearcat Scholarship allows you to double your impact on Northwest students. Northwest will match your gift (minimum $250) dollar-for-dollar and award a scholarship in your honor. Example: if you donate $500, Northwest matches it and two individual $500 scholarships are awarded in your name. Donors receive information about the grateful Northwest student(s) who receive their "Adopt-A-Bearcat" scholarships.

Northwest Promise

Recipients of the Northwest Promise (formerly the American Dream Grant) meet Northwest's moderately selective admissions criteria and come from the neediest families (family income less than $65,000). Unlike other need-based programs, the grant, in conjunction with the student's federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships, covers 100% of tuition and standard fees and is renewable for three additional years for those meeting the eligibility criteria. 

Powering Dreams

Northwest students who receive a Powering Dreams Scholarship are often considered "caught in the middle," both academically and financially. They are the core of Northwest's student body. The Powering Dreams Scholarship assists students who fall just below the eligibility level to qualify for many prestigious academic awards. In addition, the students come from middle-class families that earn too much to qualify for financial assistance other than loans that are capped by federal statute. These are academically talented students who, with the proper resources, have the ability to graduate and become productive, well-rounded citizens.  

To learn more about Northwest's scholarships, click here

If you'd like to support a scholarship that isn't listed here, select "Other" on the donation page and type in the scholarship's name. 


First-Time Donors Challenge
When 10 people make their first-ever donation to Northwest, a $250 gift from an anonymous donor will be unlocked in support of the Bearcat Food Pantry.
10 / 10 Donors
Gary & Merry McDonald Scholarship Challenge
The first 40 donations to Scholarships will unlock a $10,000 gift from Drs. Gary and Merry McDonald! Gary and Merry each dedicated 44 years of their careers to Northwest as professors and were founding members of the University's Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.
40 / 40 Gifts
Power Hour!
Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. CST, all donations will be matched (up to $750)! During this hour, any donation made will be doubled in support to the fund of your choosing.
Deloris (Polsley) Warnecke Scholarship Challenge
The first 5 donations to Scholarships will unlock a $500 gift from Deloris (Polsley) Warnecke ('61), proud alumna of Northwest!
5 / 5 Gifts
Timothy Carlyle Scholarship Challenge
The first 10 donations to Scholarships will unlock a $500 gift from Timothy Carlyle ('01), Director of Infrastructure Services at Northwest Missouri State University.
10 / 10 Gifts
Kevin & Kathy Fullerton Scholarship Challenge
The first 15 donations to Scholarships will unlock a $1,000 gift from Kevin ('88) and Kathy Fullerton. Kevin is a proud Northwest alumnus and Kathy is a long-time Bearcat friend!
15 / 15 Gifts
John Moore Scholarship Challenge
The first 20 donations to Scholarships will unlock a $1,000 gift from John Moore ('78). John has served on the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors and currently is a member of the Northwest Board of Regents.
20 / 20 Gifts
Kori & Allison Hoffmann Scholarship Challenge
The first 5 donations of $50 or more to Scholarships will unlock a $500 gift from Drs. Kori and Allison ('01, '03) Hoffmann. Kori and Allison both serve as employees of Northwest - Kori as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Student Conduct and Development, and Allison as the Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Student Success.
5 / 5 Gifts
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