Diversity Leadership Scholarship

Twice a year, this scholarship provides 50% tuition reimbursement for no more than one qualified student enrolled in each of these academic programs:

  • College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • College of Chiropractic (including B.S. completion program for chiropractic students)
  • School of Massage Therapy (certificate and A.A.S. degree)


  • To increase the numbers of underrepresented students enrolled at Northwestern
  • To attract students with a strong commitment to provide health care to underserved populations
  • To attract students who would otherwise not be able to attend Northwestern
  • To fulfill our commitment to the development of a culturally competent University
  • To build connections with local and global communities with limited access to natural health care

Award amount

Scholarship recipients receive an award equal to 50% of the academic program tuition for each term during which the student remains eligible.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants will be considered if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Trimester level: College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine/College of Chiropractic -  current student entering T3; School of Massage Therapy - current student entering T2.
  • Must be an individual who has shown leadership and organizational ability in working with underrepresented groups AND/OR demonstrated an ability to lead peers in acknowledging and limiting bias in health care - both within the campus community and the community at large.
  • Must be an individual from a group which is underrepresented in his/her chosen professional field and AND/OR demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and serving minority communities locally and globally.
  • Evidence of service to underrepresented communities of need.
  • Evidence of participation in multicultural/diversity organizations or activities.
  • Evidence of financial need (although all candidates are encouraged to apply).
  • Evidence of high academic achievement (minimum 2.75 GPA).

Maintaining your eligibility each term:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Maintain minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • Remain in good academic and behavioral standing.
  • Participate with University staff and students in projects on and off campus ranging from 5-10 hours per week - or approximately 100 hours per term. This includes participation on the Commission for Diversity and Inclusion, in student clubs, on committees or in the off-campus promotion of Northwestern.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and be a positive advocate for diversity efforts at Northwestern Health Sciences University.
  • Meet at least once per trimester with the Chair of the Commission for Diversity and Inclusion to establish and discuss assigned projects.

Personal/medical leave

Any personal or medical leave must be approved by the Diversity Scholarship Committee and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Scholarship limits/restrictions

  • Current students may only apply once while enrolled at Northwestern.
  • Students may receive other scholarships that are equal or less than the remaining portion of their tuition. However, students are not eligible to receive a combination of scholarships and/or tuition remission benefits totaling more than 100% of the cost of their tuition.
  • The scholarship applies to one academic program at a time. An applicant must complete the first academic program in which they received the award and apply again for the scholarship for a second academic program.
  • The scholarship is available only for students enrolled in the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, College of Chiropractic and School of Massage Therapy.
  • The scholarship is NOT available for students enrolled in the B.S. in Human Biology Completion Program for non-chiropractic students.
  • The Diversity Scholarship Committee reserves the responsibility to not award any scholarships if there are no qualified applicants.

Application procedure

The expectations of the Diversity Scholarship for Incoming Students take commitment, time and effort while you are in school. Take this into serious consideration when you apply.

1. Complete a Scholarship Application, including:

  • Statement of Diversity Commitment. An essay in which you discuss your qualifications for this scholarship, including: 1) your past service to underrepresented communities; 2) your past participation in multicultural/diversity organizations or activities; and 3) your plan to serve your community after graduation.
  • Resumé of Relevant Experience. Your resumé should include the name of the organization, dates of service, role or position, and duties/responsibilities.
  • Statement of Financial Need. An essay explaining financial need, including availability of student loans, family support and other financial aid.
  • Two (2) Professional Letters of Recommendation. At least two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals you have worked with previously on projects concerning diversity and inclusion.*

* Letters of recommendation should be mailed or emailed directly to:
Alejandra Estrin Dashe, PhD
Chair of Commission for Diversity & Inclusion
Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 W. 84th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431

3. If requested, participate in personal and group interviews with the Diversity Scholarship Committee. You must be physically present for the interview. In your application, you will discuss your ability to be present at the interview or any barriers to attending. Check the interview schedule below.

Application deadlines

  • January term (College Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, College of Chiropractic): November 1
  • January term (School of Massage Therapy): December 1
  • September term (College Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, College of Chiropractic): July 1
  • September term (School of Massage Therapy): August 1

Scholarship interview schedule 2013-2014

All interviews are held on a Friday from 10:00 a.m.-Noon:

  • January term (College Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, College of Chiropractic): Nov. 15, 2013
  • January term (School of Massage Therapy): Dec. 13, 2013
  • September term (College Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, College of Chiropractic): July 18, 2014
  • September term (School of Massage Therapy): August 15, 2014

Award notification

Scholarship recipients are notified by letter within 3 weeks of the application deadline. 

Upon completion of your education

The spirit of the Diversity Scholarship is to inspire you to continue to serve communities in need of natural health care following graduation. By reducing your educational debt, you may be able to focus more of your time and energy on diversity-related activities in your clinical practice and community. Northwestern encourages you in remaining engaged with the campus community after graduation to share your experiences with current students, staff and faculty.

Upon receipt of a scholarship award, an adjustment may be made to your financial aid package to meet federal regulations and institutional policies.

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