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SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

All students are encouraged to fill out applications for academic, participation and departmental scholarships. Below, you will find the applications and requirements needed to apply for these scholarships as well as deadlines to apply. The scholarships are listed according to the varying types available.

Northwestern scholarships are not automatically renewed. Students must apply for scholarships each year by the specified deadlines.

For more information on scholarship deadlines, maximum monetary eligibility (cap) information or any other items relating to scholarships or financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (580) 327-8541 or e-mail finaid@nwosu.edu.

Alva Incentive Program

First-time freshmen and transfer students attending Northwestern-Alva on a full-time basis who establish a residence in the city may be eligible for additional financial assistance through a unique to Northwestern incentive program. Administered through the Financial Aid Office, this incentive program provides assistance for tuition, university housing and other school-related expenses. To qualify for this scholarship money, you’ll need to live within the Alva city limits.

Applications and Deadlines

1. Scholarship Application for Freshmen and Transfers

  • MAY 15 - High School Seniors Deadline: complete the application and provide a seven-semester transcript (best if returned by March 31) for best consideration.

  • JULY 15 - Transfer Students Deadline: complete the application and provide verification of your cumulative grade point average for best consideration.


2. Continuing Student Scholarship Application

You should ask the Financial Aid Office for information on your maximum monetary eligibility (cap) for scholarship funds.

  • MARCH 15 - Deadline to apply for academic scholarships for the upcoming year. 

    • You’ll need to be enrolled full-time and must have completed 24 semester hours at Northwestern in the past academic year.

    • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 is required for academic awards.
       

  • FEBRUARY 15 - Deadline to apply for Foundation Scholarships within a specified department.

    • Ask the department chair for that specific department's scholarship form and turn it in to them by this date. Each department has its own separate form.

    • Continuing Student Scholarship Application also must be submitted.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Most scholarships are awarded to students with strong academic records and/or demonstrated leadership capabilities.

  • To qualify for any scholarship, you’ll need to meet all scholarship eligibility requirements.

  • Incoming Freshman – All students must complete a Scholarship Application prior to specified deadlines for eligibility purposes. Freshmen will receive either the Freshman Incentive Scholarship or an Academic Scholarship. You must have a minimum 3.0 CGPA and at least a 21 ACT score for an academic scholarship. For Participation Scholarships you must have a 2.5 CGPA.

  • Continuing Northwestern students - In order to be eligible for scholarships after your first year at Northwestern, you must successfully complete at least 24 credit hours at Northwestern during the academic year (including summer) and you must maintain a minimum 2.5 CGPA for participation scholarships and at least a 3.5 CGPA for academic scholarships

  • Transfer students – In order to be eligible for scholarships at Northwestern, you must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the prior year at the school from which you transfered. You must have a 2.5 CGPA for Participation Scholarships and a Transfer Incentive Scholarship. For Associate’s Degree Scholarships, you must have a 3.0 - 4.0 CGPA, and for Academic Scholarships, you must have a minimum 3.5 CGPA. 

Freshman Scholarships

Freshman Year Academic Awards

Freshman Incentive Grant
$300 toward housing. Must attend Northwestern’s Alva Campus.

Freshman Academic Scholarships
$500-$1,200 toward tuition. Must have a 3.0 High School CGPA and 21-25 Composite ACT.

Extraordinarily Talented Award
$1,900 toward tuition and 1/2 of the cost of semi-private dorm room. Must have a 3.0 High School CGPA and 26-28 Composite ACT.

Exceptionally & Extraordinarily Talented Award
$1,900 toward tuition and full cost of semi-private dorm room. Must have a 3.0 High School CGPA and 29 Composite ACT.


4-Year Academic Awards for Freshmen

Salutatorian Scholarship
$1,250 each year toward tuition. Must graduate as High School Class Salutatorian. You must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 15 and maintain a 3.5 CGPA.

Valedictorian Scholarship
$1,500 each year toward tuition. Must graduate as High School Class Valedictorian. You must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 15 and maintain a 3.5 CGPA.

Oklahoma Academic Scholars Award
16 hours of tuition, semi-private room and $2,000 each year. Must have a 3.8 High School CGPA, 30 ACT Composite on National Test and be in top 4 percent or rank first or second in graduating class.

Regional Baccalaureate Scholarship
16 hours of tuition, semi-private room and $3,000 each year. Must have a 3.0 High School CGPA and 30 ACT Composite on National Test. Oklahoma Residency Required.


Other Freshman Scholarships

President’s Leadership Class
$2,000 toward tuition and $750 toward other university expenses. Contact the Recruitment Office for details.

Ranger Preview
$600 for attending Ranger Preview. Must attend classes at the Alva Campus and either live in the residence halls or establish Alva residency.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Students must complete the Transfer Scholarship Application by July 15 and provide verification of your cumulative grade point average for best consideration. As a transfer student, you must have completed 24 credit hours in the prior year at the school from which you transfered for scholarship purposes.

Transfer Incentive Grant
$500, one academic year;  and a 2.5 CGPA. Must establish residency in Alva during academic year.

Transfer Degree Scholarship
$1,900 toward tuition, 1/2 cost of semi-private room, one academic year. Associates degree and 3.5 to 4.0 CGPA. Must establish residency in Alva during academic year.
 

Transfer Degree Scholarship
$1,400 toward tuition, one academic year. Associates degree and 3.0 to 3.49 CGPA. Must establish residency in Alva during academic year.
 

Transfer Academic Scholarship
Up to $1,500 toward tuition, one academic year. Have a minimum 3.5 CGPA.
 

Transfer Showcase
$500 for attending Transfer Showcase during the spring semester.
Will need to attend classes at the Alva Campus and either live in the residence halls or establish Alva residency.

Participation Scholarships

Available for all undergraduate students. Qualifications vary. Awards are up to $2,000 in the following areas:


Fine Arts (Band, Choir, Speech/Theatre, Visual Arts)

  • Students must be enrolled in corresponding academic course(s)

  • Three groups available in choir: Concert Choir, University Choral and University Singers (by audition)

  • Band scholarships available in Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band (by audition)

  • Band members must attend all athletic pep band and concert performances

  • Additional scholarship monies for students in All State Choir and All State Band

  • Speech/Theatre students are expected to participate in theatre events/activities, which can be on- or off-stage

  • Additional monies available through an on-campus audition for Band, Choir and Speech/Theatre (includes portfolio presentation and interview for theatre)

  • Visual Arts students are expected to participate in class/program activities (ask for scholarship amounts) 


Mass Communication

  • Mass Communication students must be employed as a campus media staff member or enrolled in a practicum course each semester, as well as participate in student media organizations.


Contact the Office of Financial Aid at jahaight@nwosu.edu for more information on Participation Scholarships.

To apply use the Scholarship Application for Freshmen and Transfers or the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

Departmental Scholarships for Continuing Students

The Northwestern Foundation Office coordinates the creation and endowment of scholarships donated by our dedicated alumni and friends for use within our academic departments.

Departmental scholarships are available in:

  • Agriculture, Art, Athletics, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Enid Campus, History, Library, Mass Communication, Math/Computer Science, Music, Nursing, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Social Science, Social Work, Spanish, Speech & Theatre, General, General – Large Pools, Area, Alva High School, Student Government Association

  • You’ll need to contact the respective academic departments to apply for these scholarships.

  • Ask the departments if their scholarships are for undergraduates only or if graduate students qualify, too.

  • You’ll need to fill out a Continuing Student Scholarship Form, as well as a form from the specific department.

  • Qualifications vary.

Campus Leader Scholarships

Campus Club President
A scholarship for eight hours of tuition per semester to the President of any club approved through the Dean of Student Services. Ask Financial Aid for details.

Student Government Association Officers
SGA officers receive tuition scholarships: President, 16 hours each semester; Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary each receive eight hours each semester.

President’s Leadership Class
$2,000 toward tuition and $750 toward other university expenses. Contact the Recruitment Office for details.

Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors 
The Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors (NSA) are a group of academically high achievers with outstanding personalities. NSA members serve as student ambassadors to the university. This scholarship may be awarded along with others, providing the student's total value of scholarships does not exceed the limit set forth by the Scholarship Committee. This scholarship may be annually renewable.

For more information about NSA contact Paige Fischer in the Recruitment Office at plfischer@nwosu.edu. For information regarding opportunities on the Enid campus, please contact Candace Reim, Coordinator of Student Services, (580) 213-3147 or cmreim@nwosu.edu or in Room 102 on the Northwestern Enid Campus.

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships are awarded through the athletic departments.

Please visit www.riderangersride.com, find the sport you are interested in and contact the head coach to ask about possible scholarships.

You also may click on the links below for each sport to fill out an interest form for recruits:

WOMEN'S SPORTS

MEN'S SPORTS

Basketball

Baseball

Cross Country

Basketball

Golf

Cross Country

Rodeo

Football

Soccer

Golf

Softball

Rodeo

Volleyball

Cheer
(may qualify for participation scholarships)

Cheer
(may qualify for participation scholarships)

 

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