Student Leadership Award

This award was established by Cody Hoefert, DC, to recognize an exceptional student whose involvement and leadership has made a significant impact at Northwestern. The recipient must show excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of their work, and inspiration of others.

Award available

$1,000 - awarded to one student leader, once a year

Eligibility requirements

Trimester level:

  • College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: T4 and above
  • College of Chiropractic: T5 and above
  • School of Massage Therapy: T3 and above


  • Enrolled full time
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrates personal integrity and leadership qualities - and will use these qualities within their profession and greater community
  • Possesses a strong work ethic
  • Club/organization membership - preference will be given to, but is not limited to, members of Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA), Student Senate, Student Ambassadors and Student Peer Mentors
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation - one (1) from a faculty member and one (1) from a administrative/staff member - who can describe your leadership abilities and qualities
  • Curriculum vitae and brief comments on post-graduation plans
  • Confirmation of academic information from Office of the Registrar
  • Essay #1: Describe what leadership means to you (1 page)
  • Essay #2: Describe how your leadership role at Northwestern had influenced your ability to be one of tomorrow's leaders in natural health care (1 page)

Application procedure

Application forms become available in January/February and students are notified by email. The application contains all the required attachments and guidelines for the letters of recommendation. 

To apply, complete a Student Leadership Award Application (pdf)

Application deadline

The application and all attachments are due to Marla Warner in the Financial Aid Office, no later than Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Award notification

Recipients are notified at the Student Leadership Recognition Dinner in March.

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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