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NWU Adds Iowa Western Community College to New Pathways Scholarship Program

Iowa Western Community College is Nebraska Wesleyan's newest partner in the Pathway Scholarship Program, which aims to open more doors for bachelor's degree completion.
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Iowa Western Community College is Nebraska Wesleyan's newest partner in the Pathway Scholarship Program, which aims to open more doors for bachelor's degree completion.

Nebraska Wesleyan University has added Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as its newest partner in the Pathways Scholarship Program.

Nebraska Wesleyan University President Fred Ohles and Iowa Western Community College President Dan Kinney have signed a formal agreement for the program.

The Pathways Scholarship Program partners NWU with community colleges in an effort to open more doors to bachelor’s degree completion.

The program provides two pathways to degree completion at Nebraska Wesleyan with financial benefits including a $15,000 scholarship to every admitted IWCC student to NWU’s traditional undergraduate program. Those enrolling in the accelerated degree-completion program for adults will receive a $25 per credit hour scholarship and a low tuition rate. 

Over the last five years, 86 IWCC students have transferred to Nebraska Wesleyan.

“Iowa Western Community College does an outstanding job of preparing its students with the necessary resources to start a bachelor’s degree,” said NWU President Fred Ohles. “We’re excited to welcome more IWCC students and see that their success continues.” 

"We are pleased that Nebraska Wesleyan University will be providing this opportunity to our students, as it opens a new and affordable option for Iowa Western students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree," added Kinney.

Students transferring directly from IWCC and who complete a minimum of 18 credit hours at IWCC are eligible for consideration of admission and the Pathways Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters at NWU. 

This marks the fourth such partnership between NWU and Nebraska community colleges. In October, NWU signed a formal agreement with Southeast Community College to offer the SCC Pathways to NWU program. In December, NWU signed a similar agreement with Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, and in February, NWU signed a Pathways agreement with Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.