North Central College - Naperville, IL

Freshman Scholarships

You’ve worked hard in school — both in and out of the classroom — and we want to reward you for your achievements. Merit-based scholarships are awarded during the application review process and are based on your course work, grade-point average (GPA), and ACT or SAT test score.

Academic scholarships are renewable provided you maintain the required GPA each year and maintain full time status. Merit scholarships are not based on need. Your application for admission and academic credentials are used to award these funds unless otherwise noted.  Your achievements and special talents in other academic and activity areas, like education, the sciences and the fine arts, could result in additional scholarship opportunities.

  • Presidential Scholarships
    • Scholarships for exceptional high school students who are encouraged to apply for admission early.
    • Application review begins before Oct 1 and continues on a rolling basis.
    • Amount is determined during the application review process and is an award of $20,000 per year ($80,000 over four years).
    • Award based on a combination of GPA from core academic classes and ACT/SAT test scores.
    • Contact the Office of Admission for further details on eligibility.
    • Available for 4 academic years provided the minimum GPA requirement is maintained.
  • Dean Scholarships
    • Scholarships for top high school students who are encouraged to apply for admission early.
    • Application review begins before Oct. 1 and continues on a rolling basis.
    • Amount is determined during the application review process and is an award of $18,500 per year ($74,000 over four years).
    • Award based on a combination of GPA from core academic classes and ACT/SAT test scores.
    • Contact the Office of Admission for further details on eligibility.
  • Honor Scholarships
    • Scholarships for strong high school students who are encouraged to apply for admission early.
    • Application review begins before Oct. 1 and continues on a rolling basis.
    • Amount is determined during the application review process and may range from $16,000 to $17,000 per year ($64,000 to $68,000 over four years).
    • Award based on a combination of GPA from core academic classes and ACT/SAT test scores.
    • Contact the Office of Admission for further details on eligibility.
  • Science Scholarships
    • Amounts range up to $2,000 per year.
    • Available to full-time students intending to major in Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Microscopy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Physics, or Radiation Therapy.
    • Recipients must meet the Presidential or Dean Scholarship criteria.
    • Available for four years provided the science major continues, the appropriate GPA is maintained and student completes 9 credit hours in science courses per year.
  • International Scholarships
    • Must be an international student.
    • Range up to $20,000 (up to $80,000 over four years) per academic year.
    • Available for four academic years.

Talent
As an incoming student, you may audition for talent scholarships in the areas of music, theatre, art, and forensics. They are renewable depending on department funding and your continued participation. For further information, contact the Office of Admission.

Alumni
Incoming students can be recommended by an alumnus/alumna of North Central College to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Recommendations must be received by March 1 prior to the year the student will enter the College. If you know an alum, have them recommend you for this scholarship through the Alumni Office.

Several donors and affiliates of the College also offer opportunities for incoming students.

A brief overview of some of the listings on academic works are below.

For additional infomation and TO APPLY, please visit  https://northcentralcollege.academicworks.com

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Church-Related

  • Grant for Children of Full-Time United Methodist Clergy
    • $3000
    • Parent must be full time UM clergy person
    • Renewable
  • United Methodist Grant Fund of the Northern Illinois Conference
    • Student must be member of UMNIC
    • Financial need is considered
    • Renewable as long as financial need continues and student maintains 2.0 cum GPA
  • United Methodist Scholarships and Religious Vocations/Leadership
    • Religious Vocations/Leadership recipients must be preparing for lay ministry or church employment
    • UM Scholarship  recipients must be a full and active member of a UM church for at least one year

Music

  • John Miller Cowlishaw Memorial Scholarship for Music
    • Students majoring/minoring in music, music edu, or musical theatre
    • Minimum cum GPA of at least 3.0 is required
  • David del Ciello Scholarship for Jazz
    • Must have passion, dedication and talent of a jazz musician
    • $1000 award
    • First consideration given to student majoring in jazz, then instrumental music ed, then music majors
  • Naperville Chorus Scholarship due
    • Must be a student majoring in music
    • Financial need considered
    • Minimum cum GPA of at least 3.0
    • Must learn and participate in a major choral work with Naperville Chorus during academic year

Communication

  • Bockholdt Speech/Communication Scholarship
    • Student must be full time and interested in speech communication and theatre
  • Emerging Writers Spotlight Scholarship 
    • Applicants must be h.s. seniors or incoming transfer students
    • $1000 renewable scholarship for students with english major or minor
    • Student will have opportunity to be published in North Central Review literary journal
  • Mock Trial Scholarship
    • Open to h.s. seniors and incoming tranfers student.  Current NCC students are not eligible to apply
    • Student must commit to participate in NCC mock trial team
    • Renewable with continued involvement in mock trial
    • Student may need to come to campus for interview before awards are made

Education

  • Scholarship for Education Majors/Minors (John J. Bohlander, Roger K. and Mildred Rife Goodwin, Jeanene Yule)
    • cum GPA of at least 3.0 is required
    • Renewable
    • No late applications will be accepted
  • Teach First Generation Scholarship
    • Must be a first generation college student
    • $1000 stipend, renewable, with active participation in Teach First program
  • Dunham Scholarship
    • Must live in the Dunham Fund Service Area, the geography bounded on the north by Illinois State Route 38, on the south by U.S. Route 34, on the east by Illinois State Route 59, and on the west by Illinois State Route 47
    • Financial need is considered

Math/Science/Business

  • Verne E. Dietrich Memorial Scholarship
    • Incoming freshman majoring in physics, chemistry or math
  • Harold Emery Meiley Scholarship
    • Must be a Naperville or DuPage county resident
    • Career objective must be computer sci., business, engineering, pre-med or pre-law
    • Minimum ACT score of 23
    • Financial need considered
    • Renewable, with eligible cum GPA

Leadership

  • Board of Trustee Associates-Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering
    • Student must have competed in WYSE Sectional
    • In top 20% of graduating class or cum GPA of at least 3.0
    • Active involvement in extra curricular activites
  • Bill Shatzer and Suzanne Shatzer Doerge Scholarship
    • Student must demonstrate leadership and determination to overcome disadvantages
    • Financial need considered