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The following is a list of scholarships of interest to Northwestern students, listed by program and application date. Scholarships may not be offered every year. Award amounts, criteria and application requirements may change. Check the scholarship website or contact the organization for the most current information.

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Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
nuherbs Co. Scholarship Program April 24 $2,000 /
$1,500 /
  • Current student attending an ACAOM accredited acupuncture school
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
Healing Hands Helping America / Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association Please inquire $2,000
  • Qualified applicants who plan to practice in Nebraska
  • For details, please contact Linda Wortman, executive director, at lwortman@ncpa.net
World Congress of Women Chiropractors Sept. 1 $500
  • Must be a student enrolled for at least one year at an accredited chiropractic college
  • Must be a WCWC member
  • Demonstrate leadership and responsibility qualities and community service participation
Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) Scholarship Program July 15 $1,000
  • Active, full-time student, enrolled in doctor of chiropractic program
  • Intending on returning to New Jersey in order to practice
New Mexico Chiropractic Association - Darrell Atchley Scholarship March 1
and Oct. 1
  • New Mexico resident enrolled full-time and in good standing at an accredited U.S. chiropractic college
  • Enrolled in at least 4th quarter or 3rd trimester of study
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 recommended
International Chiropractic Association of Indiana (ICAI) Scholarship March 1 $1,000

    Resident of Indiana enrolled in a doctor of chiropractic program. For application information, call 765-569-3722
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee - Leigh Carter Scholarship March 15 Not specified
  • Preference given to Tennessee residents
  • Enrolled as a full-time student in a U.S. accredited chiropractic college
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in health care delivery
  • Financial need, extracurricular and civic participation also considered
     For application information, email Pat Cole or call 615-321-4939
Macomb County (Michigan) Chiropractic Association Scholarship Mid-March $1,000
  • Macomb County, Michigan, resident
  • Either a) enrolled in chiropractic college b) enrolled in undergraduate program with intent of becoming a chiropractic physician OR c) high school senior with intent to study the chiropractic field upon graduation
South Dakota Chiropractic Foundation Grant April 1 Not specified
  • South Dakota resident
  • Enrolled in and completed first trimester of accredited chiropractic college
  • GPA of 2.5 or better
      For application information, call 605-791-0770 or email katy@sdchiropractors.com
Auxiliary of Christian Chiropractors Association (CCA) Scholarship April 30 $700 / $500 /
  • Student member of Christian Chiropractor Association (CCA). Not a member? Join Today
  • Enrolled in an accredited chiropractic college
Oklahoma State Regent's Chiropractic Education Scholarship Program End of May Up to $6,000
  • Oklahoma resident at least 5 years prior to application
  • Enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited chiropractic school
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
William S. Boyd Scholarship - Chiropractic Association of Louisiana (CAL) June 30 Not specified
  • Louisiana resident and the intent to practice in Louisiana upon graduation
  • Current enrollment, as a junior or senior, in a CCE accredited chiropractic college
  • Current GPA of 2.75 or better
  • For application information, visit this page
Dr. Ken Luedtke Scholarship End of July $2,000
  • The individual has matriculated into a chiropractic college in the Doctor of Chiropractic program
  • The student is in the sixth trimester or higher
  • The applicant is a student-member of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
  • The student is either from Wisconsin or intends to practice in Wisconsin upon graduation
  • The student has maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.1
  • The student has demonstrated a commitment to the chiropractic profession through participation in extracurricular activities that advance a positive image of the profession in the community
  • The student has demonstrated a commitment to the chiropractic profession by becoming involved in activities or with organizations that advocate for the chiropractic profession.
Illinois Chiropractic Foundation (ICF) Scholarship August $1,000
  • Intention to practice chiropractic in Illinois
  • Enrolled full-time in accredited chiropractic college, 2nd year or higher
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
      For application information, email scholarships@chiropracticlegacy.org
Kentucky Chiropractic Society Scholarship August $1,000
  • Resident of Kentucky
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited chiropractic college, 4th trimester or higher
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

      For application information, email KYChiroSociety@bellsouth.net

Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Society, Inc. Scholarship Aug. 31 $1,000
  • Student in good standing at an accredited chiropractic college
  • Member of a student Blair club (if available at your school)
  • GPA of at least 2.5
  • Completed at least one Primary Blair Upper Cervical Technique seminar
NBCE Student Scholarship Competition August 1 $2,000 To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:
  • The author must be enrolled as a student in a US, CCE‐accredited, chiropractic degree program at the time of submission.
  • The author must be in good academic standing and must have passed all of NBCE Part I.
  1. Submit an original essay on a humanities topic that focuses on or relates to chiropractic. Humanities topics include: history, philosophy, practice perspectives, jurisprudence/law, ethics, theory, sociology, politics, and all aspects of social sciences that address historical or philosophical topics. Samples of humanities topics are available at www.journalchirohumanities.com.
  2. The essay must be an original scholarly work written by one student, must be submitted as a Word document, and must not exceed 3500 words (word count does not include references).
  3. The paper should include: introduction (grounded rationale for the paper), discussion (addresses the topic in a scholarly manner), conclusion, and references.
  4. The student will submit: (1) a letter of reference from a faculty member or administrator about his/her outstanding scholarly and/or service achievements, and (2) a letter from the registrar of proof of enrollment and good academic standing.
  5. The essay will be judged by a team of blinded reviewers on the following criteria: relevance to the chiropractic profession, scholarly style, quality of writing, originality, and use of references.
  6. Students who have submitted or won in past years may compete again.

Submit questions and all materials electronically to NBCEstudentscholarship@gmail.com  no later than 12 noon pacific time August 1, 2017. Announcements will be made no later than December 1, 2017.

Bi-Annual Perfect Patients Chiropractic Scholarship Aug 18th and April 18th  $500 How to Enter
  • Create an original essay of at least 500 words, but no more than 1000 words, which explores this question:
    “What are the most important distinctions between chiropractic care and medical treatment and what challenges or opportunities do they create for chiropractors communicating with new patients?”
  • Include your name, address, email, phone number, current school and year of graduation in your header.
  • Make sure your essay is an original work and uses proper grammar and punctuation.
  • Name your submission firstname.lastname.scholarship and save it as a Word Doc (e.g., bob.jones.scholarship.doc).
  • Attach and send your completed essay to scholarship@perfectpatients.com by one of the two annual deadlines: August 18th and April 18th.
  • Our judges will review all submissions and choose the winning essay by September 18th and March 18th.
Choice Chiropractic Scholarship for Coloradans September 30th $500
  • Applicant must be a full-time chiropractic student in good standing
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must have been born in or lived for at least 2 years in Colorado
 Network Family Wellness Centers Scholarship December 31st  $500

Basic Eligibility:

1) Applicant must be a full-time chiropractic student in good standing

2) Minimum 3.2 GPA

3) Must be at least 18 years old

The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) Student Scholarships Oct. 31 $1,000
  • Committment to the importance of sports chiropractic services to athletes in training and competition, and to the future growth of the chiropractic profession
  • Personal participation in fitness and sports activities
  • Contribution to sports chiropractic at your college (examples listed on their website)
Northwestern alumna Alyssa Fischbach was a 2014 winner!
World Congress of Women Chiropractic Congress (WCWC) Scholarship Sept. 1 Varies
  • Member of WCWC. Not a member? Join today
  • Enrolled in and completed at least one year at accredited chiropractic college
  • Demonstrated leadership and responsibility qualities
  • Community service and participation
Laser Spine Institute Scholarship  June 15  $1,500
  • Prove full-time enrollment during the spring and/or summer semester with a school transcript no older than January 1.
  • Currently have a minimum 3.5 GPA at a university or college
  • Intend to continue a full-time enrollment status in the fall semester.
  • Be seeking a degree in a health-or science-based program, with an interest in pursuing a career in health care.
  • Have an active .edu email address for the university or college they attend.
F. Maynard Lipe Scholarship
American College of Chiropractic Orthopedics (ACCO)
Nov. 30 At least $500
  • Enrolled in a CCE approved college of chiropractic post-graduate orthopedics course leading to diplomate or the master's degree program leading to a health science degree in orthopedics
  • A career objective to specialize in chiropractic orthopedics
Chippewa Valley (WI) Chiropractic Alliance Scholarship Dec. 1 $500
  • Resident of Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin
  • Any current or prospective chiropractic student, OR affiliated with a Chippewa Valley chiropractor, OR planning to practice in Chippewa Valley
The ChiroHealthUSA Foxworth Family Scholarship March 2, 2018

$10,000 and $5,000 cash

  • Unless graduating in the meantime, the recipient must remain as a full-time student, enrolled in a Doctorate of Chiropractic program at an accredited Chiropractic college or university in the U.S. during the entire academic year of the award, or the the award will be forfeited.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation stating why the applicant should receive the scholarship.
  • Recipient must agree to keep the award confidential until it is annnounced at The FCA National Convention in Orlando, Florida, in August 2018, or the award will be forfeited.
  • Applicants may not be family members of employees, officers, or owners of ChiroHealthUSA.
  • Applications must be submitted by March 2, 2018.
General Education - Military Veteran scholarships


Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
Student Veterans of America Varies


  • Be a current student veteran, as proven by a DD 214 and transcript
  • Have received an honorable discharge, or be in good standing with his or her branch of service
  • Be attending full-time at an accredited four-year university in the United States
Student Veterans of America / BP America STEM Scholarships June 1 Three awards:
$10,000 each
  • Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Pursuing degree from an accredited four-year U.S. institution of higher learning
  • Enrolled in a STEM course of study (Science, Technology, Engineering or Science)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

Check back to see if the scholarship will be offered in 2017.

General Education - including diversity-related scholarships*
Scholarship Deadline


Basic Eligibility

Support Collectors

December 15, 2017 $500
  • Any existing college student or incoming freshman (to be enrolled in the fall of 2017 in good academic standing)
  • Those who have been affected by family separation in their own life or who intend to pursue a career that will have a positive impact on separated families
  • Attending any school, college or university as a full-time student 
  • Provide a written essay by the deadline

Hand Cream Center

December 12, 2017 $1,000
  • Must be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university during 2017 year
  • Must apply to the contest via email and provide your name, address, and the name of the institution you are attending or plan to attend
  • Must provide your written essay by the deadline

AdvertiseMint Scholarship for Creative Entrepreneurs

  • Applicant must be within the ages of 18 to 25
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States by selection date or enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States during the time of submission
  • Students must create a video pitch for a company they would like to start 
  • Applicant must submit application through the online form

SeniorAdvice Caregiver and Volunteer Scholarships

 Jan. 15, 2018  Two awards: $1,000 each
  • For students who have volunteered for a senior non-profit or who have acted as caregiver to an adult relative
*Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship (APIAS) Varies


  • Asian or Pacific Islander American student
  • APIASF manages more than 15 scholarship programs. Each has its own award amount, eligibility criteria, deadlines and application.
*Hispanic Scholarship Fund Varies


  • Students of Hispanic heritage
  • HSF manages 4 scholarship programs. Each has its own award amount, eligibility criteria, deadlines and application.
*United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships Varies


  • African American student
  • UNCF manages more than 50 scholarship programs. Each has its own award amount, eligibility criteria, deadlines and application.
*The Gates Millenium Scholars Mid-January Varies
  • African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American student
  • Citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 or GED
  • Enrolling for the first time at a U.S. accredited college as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
  • Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
For application information, call 877-690-4677
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation - VSAC-Assisted Scholarships Early March Varies
  • Vermont resident
  • Graduate or undergraduate student
  • VSAC maintains a list of more than 140 scholarships for Vermont residents and students apply using a Unified Scholarship Application
*Hawkinson Scholarship March 15 Typically $4,000-$5,000
  • Demonstrated commitment to peace and justice*
  • Graduate or undergraduate student
  • Residents of or currently attending school in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota or Wisconsin
*Past scholarship recipients have worked on international health care, LGBT equality, Native American rights, domestic violence, human rights, and health disparities in low-income communities.
SFM Foundation Scholarship March 31 Up to $5,000
per year
  • Child of worker disabled or fatally injured in the course of working for a Minnesota or Wisconsin employer
  • Minnesota or Wisconsin resident, age 16-25
  • High school diploma, GED or high school student in good standing
  • Pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree or vocational education and training (certificate or license) from any accredited school
  • Financial need
*National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Scholarships April 30 $2,000-$12,000
  • Member of NIAF or have a parent or guardian who is a member of NIAF. Not a member? Join Today
  • Enrolled in an U.S. accredited institution of higher education
  • U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien
North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) - Health, Science and Mathematics Student Loan Program May $8,500 per year
  • North Carolina resident
  • Enrolled full-time in undergraduate (3rd-5th year) or graduate program 
  • Financial need
*EMPOWER Scholarship
Allina Health Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
May 15 $1,500
  • Ethnically diverse student accepted to or enrolled in a post-high school program
  • Minnesota or Western Wisconsin resident
  • Experience in a community based medical or rehabilitation volunteer position
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrated financial need
*American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships (AIGCS) May 15 /
June 1
  • Native American or Alaska Native student
  • AIGCS manages 5 scholarship programs. Each has its own award amount, eligibility criteria, deadlines and application.
B. Davis Scholarship May 25 $1,000
  • Student registered in post-secondary education OR
  • High school junior or senior
*American Indian College Fund May 31 Not specified
  • Registered as a member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member. (Alaska Natives may use Native Corporation membership.)
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private (non-profit) college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
Lavon H. Cooper Scholarship
Robbinsdale. MN School District
June 1 $300 - $1,000
  • Graduate of Robbinsdale School District 281 (Armstrong, Cooper, Highview high schools)
  • Completed a minimum of 2 years post-high school education
  • Maintained a GPA of at least 3.0
*Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program July 1 Up to $4,000
Up to $6,000
  • Minnesota resident, one-fourth or more American Indian ancestry
  • Enrolled in an accredited college, university or vocational school in Minnesota
  • Qualify for either a Pell or State Grant
Colleges Sports Recruiting Scholarship July 1 $1,000 
  • Any current or former student athlete. You do not need to be a college athlete to apply.
  • Current or future college students (High School seniors who will be attending college are eligible).
Massage Therapy
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
American Massage Therapy Association Student (AMTA) Scholarship End of May $5,000 Enrolled or admitted in a 500-hour minimum entry-level massage therapy program
Medicare Supplemental Insurance Therapy Professionals Scholarship Dec. 15 $1,000 1) Interest in or attending an accredited massage therapy program (also includes chiropractic, physical, recreational or occupational therapy, and psychology)
2) 17 years of age or older
3) U.S. citizen or or on a valid U.S. Student Visa
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
SFM Foundation Scholarship March 31 Up to $10,000 per year The SFM Foundation provides scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin employers.  Download the scholarship application.
Family Involvement Council Scholarship / Harvey Bakke Scholarship Feb. 1 $500 / $1,000 1) Member in good standing of an affiliated Minnesota credit union
2) Pursuing post-secondary education
3) Enrolled in at least one course at an accredited institution
4) Two categories: traditional and non-traditional students will be awarded separately
Richfield Bloomington Credit Union (RBCU) Scholarship March 1 $1,000 1) A primary member “in good standing” at RBCU
2) Planning to attend or already be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited non-profit school, a public or private college, university, community college or technical college
3) Both traditional and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply
U.S. Bank Scholarship - Financial Genius for Life Sept. 15 $5,000 1) Current undergraduate student or high school senior
2) Enrolled in eligible two- or four-year university
3) Permanent U.S. resident
4) Complete all 8 Financial Genius for Life education modules
The Allegheny Mountain Section Scholarship Program  March 31  Up to $4,000 1) Available for all high school or undergraduate students who are accepted full-time in a four-(4) year college or university program and are pursuing degree leading to environmental careers
2) Applicants should have at least a “B” average or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

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