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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Create a free student profile and receive scholarship matches based on your academic interests, experience and skills:

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 April 26 $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
Alexis Noggle Scholarship April 30 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.
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 March 15 $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 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 2 $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
NBCE Student Scholarship Competition October 1 $2,000 Student Eligibility:

  • Enrolled in a US, CCE-accredited, chiropractic program at any time during 2019.
  • In good academic standing and passed all of NBCE Part I by October 1, 2019.

Contest Instructions:

  1. Submit an original essay on any humanities topic relevant to chiropractic, which includes: history, philosophy, practice perspectives, jurisprudence/law, ethics, theory, sociology, politics, or social sciences.  Examples of articles with humanities topics available at www.journalchirohumanities.com.
  2. To enter the competition, submit 3 items by email:
  3. An original essay, submitted as a Word document.  Maximum 3500 words, may be fewer, word count does not include references.  Include title page with student name, cell phone, and email.
  4. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or administrator.
  5. Letter from registrar confirming enrollment and good academic standing.
  6. Judging criteria:  relevance to the chiropractic profession, scholarly style, writing quality, originality, and use of references.  Announcements of winning essays will be made by December 31, 2019.
  7. 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, 2019.

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.
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 Graduate Noah Emanuel was a 2017 Scholarship Recipient!

OutdoorStack Feb 28 $1,500
  • To encourage students and families throughout America to spend more time outdoors, we have created the Outdoor Stack’s Annual Financial Aid Program.
  • Enrolled in Full-Time, Part-Time or Online education courses.
  • Demonstrated interest in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, cycling, water sports or winter sports.
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 May 3 $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,on August 23, 2019, or the award will be forfeited.
  • Applicants may not be family members of employees, officers, or owners of ChiroHealthUSA.
  • Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2019.
NuSpine Scholarship  No deadline  $1,000
  • Applicant must have maintained a 2.5 GPA through six trimesters.
  • Applicant must be competent and passionate about hands on chiropractic adjustments.
  • Applicant must convey a passion for bringing chiropractic to more people.
  • Applicant must have intentions to practice chiropractic in the midwest U.S.
  • Scholarships are offered twice a year – end of June and end of December.
Balance 4 Life Scholarship No deadline $1,000
  • Yearly
  • Must be in Chiropractic school (or pre-requisites)
  • Must be full time
  • Must live in the United States
General Education – Military Veteran scholarships


Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
Student Veterans of America Varies $10,000
  • 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
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.
  • 2021 Application
  • CCG CHART 2021
Citizens Bank Undergraduate Scholarship August 1, 2019 $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 2019-2010
  • Submit an online written response to the essay question “If you had $100,000 to spend, how would you use it to impact your community?” (250 words or less)
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
SeniorAdvice Caregiver and Volunteer Scholarships  July 15, 2019  $2,000
  • 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 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.
*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
Twin Cities Adult Education Alliance  Nov. 1st  $250-$1,000
  • Be a new or returning student registered to earn credit applicable to a degree or certificate program at a college or university which is a TCAEA institution
  • Have submitted a scholarship application by August 1st for Fall 2018 Semester & November 1st for Spring 2019 Semester.
*Hawkinson Scholarship March 4 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
April 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 24, 2019 $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).
Twin Cities Adult Education Alliance (TCAEA) August 1 & November 1st $250-$1,000
  • Be a new or returning student registered to earn credit applicable to a degree or certificate program at a college or university which is a TCAEA institution.
  • Have submitted a scholarship application by November 1st for Spring 2019 Semester.
Dr. Summit Shah Scholarship June 1 $1,000
  • High school students graduating this calendar year and have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, or design school are eligible to apply
  • Students currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school
  • All majors and areas of studies are encouraged to apply
Trial Pro, P.A. May 1 $5000
  • Must be a full-time college student pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree in an accredited university.
  • Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain it throughout academic year.
  • Student must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Please visit our site for full details and requirements.
Julie Queler Grant Foundation August 1 $1000
  • High school senior that has been accepted into a college or university
  • Current full-time student at a college or university.
Massage Therapy
Scholarship Deadline Award Basic Eligibility
American Massage Therapy Association Student (AMTA) Scholarship May 31 $10,000
  • Enrolled or admitted in a 500-hour minimum entry-level massage therapy program
  • Complete the application and, in a few sentences, explain how you plan to incorporate self-care into your massage therapy practice and how this will help you promote the health of others
Medicare Supplemental Insurance Therapy Professionals Scholarship Dec. 15 $1,000
  • Interest in or attending an accredited massage therapy program (also includes chiropractic, physical, recreational or occupational therapy, and psychology)
  • 17 years of age or older
  • U.S. citizen or have 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
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