External Scholarships

Capitalize on your strengths and interests by pursuing outside scholarship opportunities to aid in covering college tuition and expenses. External scholarships are awarded by organizations not directly associated with the Northwestern Health Sciences University.

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Military personnel and veterans can learn about scholarship opportunities at studentveterans.org

Specific Scholarships

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.

If you need assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
nuherbs Co. Scholarship Program Currently on pause and will return next year $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 Foundation of America / Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association June 1st annually $7,500
Alexis Noggle Scholarship April 30th of each year Varies-equal to a semester’s tuition & fees
  • Available to all students actively pursuing a degree in a field of Health and Wellness
  • The requirement to be eligible is to have a stated major in a medical, or related, field
  • Your essay should be 1,000 words or less.  The topic is How You Intend to Help People Be Healthy Through Wellness
Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) Scholarship Program August 31 $1,000 (6)
  • 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 of each year
  • 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
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 March 11 (5) $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 605-853-2675 or email Michelle Carr at carrtc@hur.midco.net
Auxiliary of Christian Chiropractors Association (CCA) Scholarship April 30, 2022 $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 at minimum of Tri-4 or equivalent in a CCE accredited chiropractic college
  • Current GPA of 2.75 or better
  • For more information, contact CAL Scholarship Committee at email: lachiro@premier.net 
Dr. Ken Luedtke Scholarship August 16 $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.
Dr. Eugene Kramer Scholarship for Future Doctors of America Feb 15, 2022 $1,000
  • Available for students in the US who are currently enrolled in a University or High School, and have plans to attend a University and plan to attend medical school in the future.
  • A single winner will be chosen based on a creative essay of less than 1000 words answering the following:  “Being a doctor comes with great responsibility.  When you become a doctor, name something that you will do that goes over and above the call of duty to give back to the world.”
Money Tree Billing Varies Two $1,000 scholarships available each year
  • Applicant must answer three essay questions.
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited chiropractic college
  • For application information, call (763) 331-0358 or email btoler@moneytreebilling.com
NBCE Student Scholarship Competition October 1, 2022 $2,500 Student Eligibility:

  • Enrolled in a US, CCE-accredited, chiropractic program at any time during 2022.
  • In good academic standing and the student’s essay must be submitted before the deadline on October 1, 2022.   Contest Instructions:
  1. Submit an original essay on any topic of your choice, as long as the topic is relevant to chiropractic.  These may include:  history, philosophy, practice perspectives, jurisprudence/law, ethics, theory, sociology, politics, or social sciences.
  2. An original essay, submitted as a Word document.  Length:  no shorter than 1,200 and no longer than 3,000 words.  Word count does not include title or references.  On the first page include your 1) name, 2) cell phone, and 3) email.
  3. A letter from your registrar confirming you are enrolled and in good academic standing in your chiropractic program.
  4. Judging criteria:  relevance to the chiropractic profession, scholarly style, writing quality, originality, and use of references.
  5. Announcements of winning essays will be made by December 31, 2022.
  6. Only one essay is allowed per student per competition and only one author per essay.  Students who submitted or won in the past may compete again.

Email materials to NBCEstudentscholarship@gmail.com  by October 1, 2022.

CCO-Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics Scholarship January 31st (Annually) $1,500  

  • Applicant must be a student member of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics (there is no charge to become a student member)
  • Also must be an active member of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA)
  • Write a 500 word paper on how the CCO can help you as a student understand more fully what a Chiropractic Orthopedist is and how being a Chiropractic Orthopedist can help you in your professional career.  Please also include what further information you would like to learn about being a Chiropractic Orthopedist
The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) Student Scholarships Oct. 31 $1,000
  • Commitment 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 Graduate Noah Emanuel was a 2017 Scholarship Recipient!

World Congress of Women Chiropractic Scholarship Oct 31st $1,000 (2)
  • The candidate must be a student enrolled for at least one year at an accredited Chiropractic College
  • The candidate should demonstrate the following:  Leadership and responsibility qualities and Community service and participation
  • On a separate piece of paper, please write an essay of at least 200 words about “Why you chose Chiropractic”
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
The ChiroHealthUSA Foxworth Family Scholarship April 30, 2022 $15,000 to the recipient of the scholarship and an additional $10,000 donation to the chiropractic college in which the student is enrolled
  • 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.
  • The recipient of the scholarship will be notified by July 22, 2022, and honored at the FCA National Convention in Orlando, Florida August 26-28,2022.
  • Applicants may not be family members of employees, officers, or owners of ChiroHealthUSA.
  • Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2022.
Arctic Chiropractic Got a Spine Scholarship  May 2, 2022  $500
  • Both U.S. and Canadian students are eligible to apply
  • Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year
General Education – Military Veteran scholarships


Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Assistance Programs June 3, 2022 Varies
  • Child (under age 23 on September 30, 2022) of an active duty, retired or deceased Sailor or Marine
  • Spouse of an active duty or retired Sailor or Marine
  • MECEP/MECP student
The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” Jan 1 – April 30 for Fall

Aug 1 – Nov 15 for Spring

Up to $5,000
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve
  • Separated with or currently hold a military rank of E-5 or below
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance
U.S. Veterans Magazine Varies Varies
  • A variety of scholarships are available to veterans and their spouses and families
Financial Aid for Military & Veterans Varies Varies
  • The team at Accounting.com created a page dedicated to financial aid for military members and veterans
General Education – including diversity-related scholarships*
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
MN Child Care Grant The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes.

  • Be Minnesota residents.
  • Be enrolled 6-15 credits per term (undergraduates) or 1-6 credits per term (graduates).
  • Either not have earned a baccalaureate degree and been enrolled full time less than ten semesters or the equivalent, or have a baccalaureate degree and been enrolled full time less than ten semesters or the equivalent in a graduate or professional degree program. Students who have withdrawn for active military service after December 31, 2002 are given an extra term of eligibility.
  • Not have defaulted on a student loan.
  • 2022 2023 Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program Application
  • Postsecondary Child Care Grant Award Table 2022 2023
Citizens Bank Undergraduate Scholarship No deadline $2,500
  • Be legal resident of the fifty (50) U.S. or the District of Columbia
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate in accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning for the school year.
Sallie Mae Completing the Dream Scholarship May 31, 2023
  • Anticipated completion of postsecondary education program in AY 2022-2023
  • current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Be a candidate from an underserved community or a diverse candidate
  • Demonstrated leadership
AdvertiseMint Scholarship for Creative Entrepreneurs $2,500
  • 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
*Scholarships for Minorities  Varies  Varies
  • There are an array of scholarships for Hispanic/Latino, African American, Native American, Asian and Pacific students.  Each scholarship has different requirements.
*Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship (APIAS) Varies 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 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 Varies
  • African American student
  • UNCF manages more than 50 scholarship programs. Each has its own award amount, eligibility criteria, deadlines and application.
*PFund Foundation Scholarships January 15 – March 15, 2022 Varies
  • Applicant identifies as a member of the LGTBQ+ community
  • Students fill out one application that qualifies them for dozens of scholarships
*The Paul & Daisy SOROS Fellowships For New Americans The application for the 2023 Fellowship will be available in mid-April of 2022 Varies
  • The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States
  • Must be pursuing full-time graduate degrees at United States institutions
  • All students must be 30 or younger as of the application deadline
Bold.org Varies Varies
  • Bold.org is a student scholarship platform
  • Offers a wide variety of scholarships for current college students
Anna M. Kuhl Scholarship  April 26, 2023  Awards Vary
  • Have resided in St. Paul or a nearby community for one year at the time of application.
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in an undergraduate course of study at NWHSU.
Hawkinson Scholarship March 1, 2022 Typically $3,000-$5,000
  • Demonstrated commitment to peace and justice*
  • Applicant must be a resident of (or currently attending school in) Minnesota
  • Scholarship awards will be announced on or before June 30

*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.

*Korean American scholarship Foundation June 30, 2022 Range from $500 to $5,000
  • Must be of Korean heritage (i.e., have a Korean parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent, or be adopted from Korea)
  • Will be a full-time student at a school in one of the designated Midwestern region states during the 2022-2023 school year
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Can demonstrate a need for financial assistance
*National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Scholarships Opens Dec 1, 2022 $2,500-$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 and have Italian American ancestry
2022 Hometown Pride Scholarship August 31, 2022 $1,000
  • Applicant must be a current college student already studying at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • A written essay and 3.0 GPA is required
*EMPOWER Scholarship
Allina Health Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
April 15, 2022 $1,500
  • Ethnically diverse student accepted to or enrolled in a post-high school program
  • Resident of Minnesota or Western Wisconsin or attending school in Minnesota or Western Wisconsin
  • Volunteer and/or Community Service
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Pursuing a career in healthcare and demonstrated financial need
*Native Forward Scholars Fund Varies Varies
  • Native American or Alaska Native student
  • AIGCS manages 5 scholarship programs. Each has its own award amount, eligibility criteria, deadlines and application.
Abbott and Fenner Scholarships June 10, 2023 $1,000
  • Applicant must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited US college or university for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • A 1000 word essay is required
*American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship applications are open from February 1st to May 31st each year Not specified
  • Any Native American U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private (non-profit) college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
AES Engineering Scholarship
October 8, 2022 $500
  • Applicant must be attending a post-secondary educational facility
  • Submission of a 500-1,000 word essay required
  • You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible
*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
Altec Design Scholarship July 15, 2022 $750
  • Applicant must be a full-time or part-time ‘Undergraduate’ of “Postgraduate student currently studying in accredited college.  International students are welcome to apply as well
  • Submission of a 500-1000 word essay is required
MedicalAssistants.School Scholarship Feb 28, 2022 $500
  • Open to all college students who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the Fall 2023) in a medical assistant program at an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning.
  • Have submitted a scholarship application by February 28, 2022.
Drivers Education Scholarship Round 2: May 3rd-Aug 1st, 2022

Round 3: Sept 1st-Nov 30th,2022

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a University or College as a full-time student
  • The Topic of this year’s essay submissions deals with the serious implications of being a driver
The Life Coach Spotter Scholarship August 15th (Annually) $1,000
  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester that they are applying to receive the scholarship
  • Required to write a 1,000-1,500 word essay about a personal story of the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your life
  • Domestic, International, and Undocumented students may apply
Dura-Pack Scholarship April 1st, August 1st and Dec 1st $3,000 (3)
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited University or College as a full-time student
  • A 500 word essay required on one of their topics to reflect their “Green” initiatives
Spokeo July 12, 2022 $5,000
  • Must submit a written essay between 800 – 1,250 words
  • Must provide at least two completed letters of recommendation
Diverse Clinician Advancement Scholarship October 31, 2022 Awards up to $3,200
  • Write a short answer response (approximately 250 words) to two questions, including the following:  Share your education and career goals and objectives
  • Transcript of Grades
Massage Therapy
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
American Massage Therapy Association Student (AMTA) Scholarship November 30, 2022 $5,000
  • Enrolled or admitted in a 500-hour minimum, entry-level massage therapy program at the time the time the scholarship application is submitted
  • Complete the application and, in a few sentences, share why you want to be a massage therapist
MBLExGuide Massage Therapy Scholarship December 31, 2022 $1,000
  • This scholarship is available to any massage student currently enrolled in an approved entry-level massage therapy training school or program in the US
  • The student must be in good standing with their massage school and passing all classes
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
SFM Foundation Scholarship March 31, 2023 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
Cappex College Student Scholarships Varies Varies
  • College student scholarships are scholarships awarded to students who are currently attending or are about to attend college
U.S. Bank Student Scholarship October 30, 2022 $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