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The Diversity Leadership Scholarship for Current Students covers 50% of the cost of the amount of tuition to students who:

  • Have demonstrated leadership in working with underrepresented groups, and/or
  • Are a member of an underrepresented group
  • Have demonstrated an ability to lead peers in acknowledging and limiting bias in health care

The scholarship is awarded to one qualified current student who is enrolled in one in these programs:

  • Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage Therapy (certificate and A.A.S. degree)

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

  • Current University student
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to multicultural, diversity, inclusion, equity, or social justice ideas in health care or education
  • Evidence of multicultural, diversity, inclusion, equity, or social justice work in a local or global community or for a cultural organization
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Scholarship financial parameters

  • Current students may only apply once for the Diversity Leadership Scholarship for Current Students.
  • 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.
  • Please note that Diversity Leadership Scholarship recipients are not eligible for the Bery Scholarship.
  • 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 Current 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 awareness of and sensitivity to multicultural, diversity, inclusion, equity, or social justice ideas in health care or education; 2) your past activities and community service relevant to multicultural, diversity, inclusion, equity, or social justice work; and 3) your plan to serve your community after graduation.
  • Résumé of Relevant Experience. Your resumé should include the name(s) of the organization(s) where you worked or served, 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 must be from a professional source. Letters that are sent in by the applicant will not be included in the application.*

* Letters of recommendation should be mailed or emailed directly to:
Dr. Alejandra Estrin Dashe, PhD, MS
Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 W. 84th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431
adashe@nwhealth.edu

  • Paper and emailed applications, and applications that were not sent through the electronic application will not be accepted. 

2. If you are selected to compete for this scholarship, you will engage in personal and group interviews with the Diversity Scholarship Committee. You must be physically present for the interview in order to compete for the scholarship.

Scholarship application deadline - Summer 2017

Massage Therapy Entering Class Only

  • Final application deadline: March 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. for the complete application, including letters of recommendation
  • Interview: April 21, 2017 - by invitation only

Scholarship application deadline - Fall 2017

Entering & Current: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, & Massage 

  • Final application deadline: July 7, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. for the complete application, including letters of recommendation
  • Interview: July 28, 2017 - by invitation only

Scholarship application deadline - Winter 2018

Entering & Current: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, & Massage 

  • Final application deadline: November 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. for the complete application, including letters of recommendation  
  • Interview: December 1, 2017 - by invitation only

Award notification

Diversity Leadership Scholarship applicants will receive an interview invitation approximately two weeks after the deadline date. Final decisions will be made within two weeks of the interview. 

Upon completion of your education

The spirit of the Diversity Scholarship is to inspire you to continue to serve communities in need of 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 to remain 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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