Nebraska First-Year Scholarships

$12,000 Nebraska-Strong Grant

Nebraska-Strong is how we invest in you as a Nebraskan. Every Nebraska student automatically receives this renewable $12,000 grant when admitted to NWU.

$1,000 Campus Visit Grant 

You automatically receive this renewable $1,000 grant when you tour campus.

Academic Scholarships

You automatically qualify for a four-year renewable academic scholarship based on your ACT score and high school GPA. Your academic scholarship combines with our Nebraska-Strong and Campus Visit grants to increase the impact of your financial aid at Nebraska Wesleyan (effective for first-time attending students starting Fall 2020).

Scholarship Annual Amount Criteria
Founders $22,000

ACT score of 32 or more (SAT 1420 or more) and cumulative GPA of 3.75 or more

Board of Governors $20,000

ACT score of 29-31 (SAT 1330-1410) and cumulative GPA of 3.5 or more

Presidents $18,000

ACT composite of 26-28 (SAT 1230-1320) and cumulative GPA of 3.5 or more

Black & Gold $16,000

ACT composite of 23-25 (SAT 1130-1220) and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more

Archway $14,000

ACT composite of 20-22 (SAT 1050-1120) and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more

Cornerstone $14,000

ACT test optional and and cumulative GPA of 3.5 or more, and be offered admission

Nebraska Strong Grant $12,000

All admitted students

Amount includes Nebraska-Strong Grant.
Cumulative GPA is calculated on a 4.0 scale and may be weighted.

Additional First-Year Scholarships

In addition to your eligibility for an Academic Scholarship listed above, you may be eligible for the following additional NWU Scholarships.

Scholarship Amount Deadline
Learn, Serve and Earn Scholarship $1,000, renewable June 21
Access NWU Full tuition Not applicable
Wesleyan Honors Academy Scholarship Up to $3,000 per year Not applicable
Alumni Legacy Scholarship $1,000, renewable Not applicable
Great Plains United Methodist Scholarship $500 to $2,000, renewable Not applicable
TeamMates Scholarship $2,000 January 5

Scholarship Events

Students who attend one or more of these events receive a single renewable $1,000 Event Scholarship. Win an essay contest and get $1,500 more annually. We'll invite you to the event that matches your academic interests.

Event Amount Date of Event
Future Educators Scholarship Event $1,000 to $2,500 October 22, 2019
Innovative Careers Scholarship Event $1,000 to $2,500 October 29, 2019
Mighty Pen Scholarship Event $1,000 to $2,500 November 5, 2019
Pre-Health Professions Scholarship Event $1,000 to $2,500 November 12, 2019
Art, Music and Theatre Scholarship Event $1,000 to $2,500 December 10, 2019
STEM Professions Scholarship Event $1,000 to $2,500 February 11, 2020
Explience NWYou Scholarship Event $1,000 to $2,500 February 18, 2020

Competitive Scholarships

These NWU scholarships require students to audition or interview for a competitive award.

Scholarship Amount Deadline
Huge-NWU Scholarship Full tuition, fees, room and board December 1, 2019
TeamMates Access Scholarship Full tuition January 5, 2020
Theatre Scholarships $500 to $3,000 Audition dates vary
Music Ensemble Participation Scholarship $500 to $3,000 Audition dates vary
The Bennett Music Scholarship $500 to $3,000 Audition dates vary
The Fosbury Music Scholarship $500 to $3,000 Audition dates vary
The Harrod Music Scholarship $500 to $3,000 Audition dates vary
The Marshall Music Scholarship $500 to $3,000 Audition dates vary

Minority Student Scholarships

Nebraska Wesleyan offers scholarship programs directed toward minority students.

Scholarship Amount Deadline
Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color Range from $1,000-$4,000 Not applicable