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 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.  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
Arctic Chiropractic Got a Spine Scholarship May 2, 2023 $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
Auxiliary of Christian Chiropractors Association (CCA) Scholarship April 30, 2023 $700 / $500 /
  • Student member of Christian Chiropractor Association (CCA). Not a member? Join Today
  • Enrolled in an accredited chiropractic college
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
ChiroCongress Legacy of Leadership Scholarship June 30, 2023 $5,000 award
  • The Legacy of Leadership Scholarship is intended to recognize outstanding leadership qualities and a commitment to the chiropractic profession
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
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
Harvey Lillard Scholarship
American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA)
May 27 Not specified
  • Applicants must be active dues-paying members in their local SABCA chapter as well as active dues-paying members to the National ABCA organization
  • Must have completed their 3rd Quarter/2nd Trimester in an accredited DC program
  • Along with the application and essay, students are asked to submit an official college transcript and two letters of recommendation
Healing Hands Foundation of America / Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association June 1st annually Minimum of one and maximum of five $5,000 scholarships each year
  • Plan to practice in Nebraska upon graduation from chiropractic college/university
  • Maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA while completing undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Resided in Nebraska for at least two years or graduated from a high school in Nebraska
  • Currently a student member of the NCPA or become a student member of the NCPA
Iowa Chiropractic Education and Research Foundation January 31, 2024 Two annual $2,500 chiropractic scholarships
  • The student must be a member of the Iowa Chiropractic Society and have successfully completed a minimum of 5 trimesters and maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA at the time of application.  The student must be willing to reside and practice in the state of Iowa
Macomb County (Michigan) Chiropractic Association Scholarship March 10, 2023 (5) $2,000
  • 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
NBCE Student Scholarship Competition October 1, 2023 $2,500 Student Eligibility:

  • Enrolled in a US, CCE-accredited, chiropractic program at any time during 2023.
  • In good academic standing and the student’s essay must be submitted before the deadline on October 1, 2023.   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, 2023.
  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, 2023.

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
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
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
The ChiroHealthUSA Foxworth Family Scholarship April 30, 2023 $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, 2023, and honored at the FCA National Convention in Orlando, Florida.
  • Applicants may not be family members of employees, officers, or owners of ChiroHealthUSA.
  • Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2023.
The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) Student Scholarships Scholarship applications open at the end of August and close 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!

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 
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”
General Education – Military Veteran scholarships


Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
Financial Aid for Military & Veterans Varies Varies
  • The team at Accounting.com created a page dedicated to financial aid for military members and veterans
GoGrad-Military Veterans scholarships Varies Varies
  • Paying for Graduate School:  Scholarships, Resources  & Tips for Navigating the Application Process
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Assistance Programs June 3, 2023 Varies
  • Child (under age 23 on September 30, 2023) of an active duty, retired or deceased Sailor or Marine
  • Spouse of an active duty or retired Sailor or Marine
  • MECEP/MECP student
Scholarships for Veterans and Dependents Varies Varies
  • This guide provides a list of veteran and dependent scholarships by state as well as reasons to apply, how to find scholarships, and application tips
Student Veterans of America Varies Varies
  • Apply for open scholarships from SVA’s Partners.  These are distributed to top student veterans in a manner that doesn’t interfere with the G.I. Bill or other financial aid and total over $100,000 annually
The Behan Law Group Military Veteran Scholarship June 13, 2023 $1,000
  • This scholarship supports Veterans and their children in the pursuit of higher education
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
General Education – including diversity-related scholarships*
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
*2023 Hometown Pride Scholarship August 31, 2023 $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
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
Addictions.com Fall 2023 Scholarship Contest August 1, 2023 $1,500
  • Are you a full-time college student?  Do you have a passion for raising awareness about the dangers associated with substance abuse and addiction?
Addicted.org Scholarship July 1, 2023 $1,000
  • Research fentanyl and how it became a threat it is today
  • The essay should focus on what caused it to be so available in the United States, how it affects today’s youth, and potential prevention techniques that could curb overdose statistics
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
AES Engineering Scholarship
October 8, 2023 $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
*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
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.
*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.
AvaCare Medical Scholarship December 15, 2023 $1,000
  • Preference will be given to students with a physical disability
Bold.org Varies Varies
  • Bold.org is a student scholarship platform
  • Offers a wide variety of scholarships for current college students
Blankstyle Scholarship Fund December 31, 2023 $1,000
  • Blankstyle realizes the importance of education.  The commonality with their team is great communication hinging on a solid foundation of education
CareerFitter Scholarship July 31st (Annually) $1,000
  • Applicants must have a GPA average above 2.4
  • Submission of a 1000 word essay is required
*Catching the Dream Scholarship (MESBEC) Varies Range from $500 to $5,000 per year, based on merit
  • Must be a Native American
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.
*DEI Scholarship Diversity Equity Inclusion August 31, 2023 $1,000
  • This scholarship is for students who are seeking a degree in any mental health or healthcare related field
DietSpotlight December 31, 2023 Up to $2,000
  • The Dietspotlight.com Research Leadership Scholarship Program was created in hopes that it may encourage students in various health fields to work toward a future in which obesity and its related problems can be controlled
Distracted Driving Ad Campaign Scholarship Contest December 15, 2023 $1,500
  • Design an advertisement that highlights the importance of the dangers of distracted driving
  • The advertisement can include a billboard design, commercial, radio ad, or digital poster
Diversity in Health Care Scholarship March 24, 2023 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
Drivers Education Scholarship Round 1:  January 3rd -March 31st, 2023

Round 2: May 3rd-Aug 1st, 2023

Round 3: Sept 1st-Nov 30th, 2023

  • 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
Dr. Julian Mitton Scholarship October 15, 2023 $1,000
  • Current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in a healthcare-related field
*EMPOWER Scholarship
Allina Health Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
April 15 $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
FV Vantage Scholarship Recurring each new school semester 2 recipients each at $600
  • Scholarship applicants are required to write a 500-800-word essay about funding for business needs
Giva June 1st of each year $1,000
  • Giva’s Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university in the United States.  This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students in furthering their education as well as expanding their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world.
Global Perspectives Scholarship August 7, 2023 $1,000
  • Teen summer opportunities vary widely.  Some teens work during the summer.  Some teens head off to summer camp.  Some teens enjoy summer travel.  What is the most meaningful summer experience you have had, and why?
Healthy Eating Scholarship July 31, 2023 $500
  • All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply
HeySunday Eco-Warriors Scholarship December 1, 2023 $1,000
  • All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply
*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.
Jobtest.org Career Scholarship July 1, 2023 $1,000
  • The Jobtest.org (Realign, Inc.) Career Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that’s open to all students on their journey to finding a fulfilling career
*Korean American Scholarship Foundation 2023-2024 academic year is now closed.  The application for the 2024-2025 academic year will open December 1, 2023 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 2024-2025 school year
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Can demonstrate a need for financial assistance
Marty Nothstein Scholarship October 15, 2023 $1,000
  • Available to students who excel as student athletes
Matthew Nicosia Scholarship July 10, 2023 $1,000
  • Write a 600+ word essay on the topic: “What is the definition of hard work to you, and what principle of hard work have you or will you apply in your life?”
Mind, Body, & Soul Scholarship July 31, 2023 $500
  • Current U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident who consciously tries to live a balanced lifestyle
*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
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 1-12 credits or more per term (undergraduates) or 1-6 credits or more per term (graduates).
  • Has not received child care grant funds for a period of ten semesters or the equivalent.  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.
  • 2023-2024 Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program Application and Award Table
*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.
*National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Scholarships Opens Dec 1, 2023 $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
  • Deadline March 1, 2024 and decision notification May 6, 2024
Nihar Gala Grant July 15, 2023 $1,000
  • Applicant must be studying in a healthcare field
*Page Grant January 1, 2024 $1,500-$2,500 To apply for a Page Grant, an applicant must be:

  • A student of color (Black African American, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or Latino/a or Hispanic)
  • A graduate of a Minnesota high school
  • Enrolled in an accredited Minnesota post-secondary education institution
  • Register and maintain full-time status throughout the academic year they are awarded the grant in order to remain eligible
  • (Non U.S. Citizens are encouraged to apply)
Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation August 1, 2023 Awards of up to $5,000
  • Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children
*PFund Foundation Scholarships January 15 – March 17, 2023 Varies
  • Applicant identifies as a member of the LGTBQ+ community
  • Students fill out one application that qualifies them for dozens of scholarships
PrimePutt Scholarship for Women Golfers December 1, 2023 $1,000
  • This scholarship is open to all female and female-identifying students that play golf, whether they paly for their school or simply for fun in their free time
*Rehabs.org Scholarship for Minorities August 1, 2023 $1,000
  • In your own opinion, what are some of the most common reasons young people begin abusing alcohol and drugs?
  • How would you teach young people to resist peer pressure?  Explain in detail
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
*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.
Schwartz Injury Law Perseverance Scholarship June 13, 2023 $1,000
  • For the Fall 2023 semester, they are offering their $1,000 Perseverance Scholarship to support the education of a student who overcame a severe injury or medical issue in their life
SoFi Scholarship Giveaway Monthly Prize Drawing $2,500
  • SoFi is giving away $2,500 for school every month.  All with no essays.  No effort or expense to enter
Striving Solo Parent Scholarship September 21, 2023 $1,000
  • Since Fall 2022, Daniel R. Bacalis, P.C. has offered a scholarship of $1,000 each semester to a single parent who is returning to school to pursue a college degree
The Arnold Palmer Memorial Annual Scholarship December 25th (Annually) $200-$5,000
  • International students are welcome to apply
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
The May Firm Scholarship September and January 15th (Annually $1,000
  • Essay (300+ words): “What is one traumatic experience you experienced in your life, and how did you overcome it?”
*The Paul & Daisy SOROS Fellowships For New Americans October 26, 2023 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
The We Will Transport It Scholarship Fund December 10th Each Year $1,500
  • We Will Transport It is a family owned business that believes the future of our society is in our youth community.  For that reason, We Will Transport It put $1,500 annually towards a scholarship fund that is paid out once per year, to one random applicant
*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.
Wellness Warriors Scholarship July 1, 2023 $500
  • Is mindful of their personal wellness and strives to maintain their physical and mental wellness
Massage Therapy
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
American Massage Therapy Association Student (AMTA) Scholarship May 31, 2023 $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 June 30, 2023 $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
Cappex College Student Scholarships Varies Varies
  • College student scholarships are scholarships awarded to students who are currently attending or are about to attend college
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
U.S. Bank Student Scholarship October 30, 2023 $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