PNW offers a range of scholarships to help students pay for college. The best part? Scholarships don’t need to be repaid, so apply as soon as possible to see what’s available!

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A New Scholarship Service!

Introducing Scholarship Universe, a new, mobile, personalized process that makes finding and applying for scholarships easy. No need to search—the system matches you with your best opportunities.


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The Right Scholarship for You

Purdue University Northwest has 180+ scholarships funded by our generous donors. (You can see for yourself below.)

The best part? PNW students can be considered for more than 140 of them by filling out one simple form*. We know you’re busy, but taking this one small step can make a big difference in finding free money for college!

* While the application deadline has passed for most PNW scholarships, you can still submit applications for external scholarships in Scholarship Universe!

Select Scholarships Open

Pratt Paper Jim McCoy scholarship – open for students whose parent is an employee of Pratt Paper and meet other criteria

PNW Scholarships
1998 Chancellor's Gala1st Source Bank Chancellor's Leadership ScholarshipAlbert and Margaret Gallagher Scholarship
Alexis Jarrett Women's Athletics ScholarshipAnita Bowser ScholarshipAnthony R Gonzalez Scholarship
Avra Neil Mitra Memorial Economics ScholarshipBaird-Tomko ScholarshipBank One Merrillville Scholarship
Barbara & Bernie LootensBarbara Bell Blake Nursing ScholarshipBarbara Bell Blake Pre-Veterinary Scholarship
Beatty, NAU, Hammond Manufacturing Association AwardBeulah Inc Science ScholarshipBiology Scholarship
Blake Pre Veterinary ScholarshipBusiness Analytics ScholarshipC. R. Hutton Endowed Scholarship
Carlisle FamilyCatherine J. Bellamy ScholarshipCentier Bank Pathway to Purpose Scholarship Endowment
Chancellor James B. Dworkin Distinguished Scholars AwardChancellor's DiscretionaryChancellor's Council Endowed Scholarship
Chancellor's Council ScholarshipCharles E. Miller MemorialCharlotte Riley Hospice Scholarship
Chicago Southshore and South Bend Railroad Chancellor's Leadership ScholarshipChildren of Veterans ScholarshipChristenson Athletic Scholarship
Christenson Chevrolet ScholarshipClare & Lucy Osterle ScholarshipClaudia Nondorf Memorial Scholarship
Cleveland-Cliffs ScholarshipCoach Bednar Centaur Athletic ScholarshipCOB Sports Management Scholarship
College of Business Dean's ScholarshipCollege of Education ScholarshipCollege of Engineering, Math & Science Scholarship
CSSAC ScholarshipDale Alspaugh ScholarshipDiane N. Huntington Memorial Scholarship
Donald L. Clark Memorial ScholarshipDonald R. and Helen P. Myers Endowed ScholarshipDonald S. Powers Athletic Scholarship
Donald S. Powers Nursing ScholarshipDorman Family Endowed Scholarship in NursingDr. Cox, Chicago Society for Coatings Technology
Dr. Joyce Ellis Nursing Memorial ScholarshipDr. Joyce Ellis Scholarship - Talent AwardDr. Nils K. Nelson Memorial Scholarship
Duneland Health Council ScholarshipDworkin Family ScholarshipE-Center Merit Award Hammond
Ed Furticella Scholarship in AccountingEdward and Marie Plucinski Memorial ScholarshipEdwin and Elsie Buck Scholarship
Frank Saculla Athletic ScholarshipFred and Louise Rowley ScholarshipFred C. Rowley, Jr. Scholarship
George Sefler Memorial ScholarshipGloria J. Smokvina ScholarshipGopalan Engineering Endowed Scholarship at PNW
Graduate Distinction ScholarshipGraduate Research ScholarshipGraegin Scholarship for Student Athletes
Hammond Centennial ScholarshipHammond Optimist Endowed ScholarshipHarold C. Moran Scholarship
Hermine Cutler ScholarshipHonors ScholarshipHorizon Bank Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship
Hospitality and Tourism Management ScholarshipHoward and Patti Cohen Chancellor's ScholarshipHugh G. Daubek Memorial Scholarship
Indiana Center for Nursing ScholarshipIrene and Kostas Yiankes ScholarshipJacob and Yetta Lerner Memorial Scholarship
Jennie Hamilton Memorial ScholarshipJennie M. Zencka Nursing ScholarshipJerome Hyndman Scholarship
Jim & Betty Dye Non-Traditional ScholarshipJim and Betty Dye Student ScholarshipJohn Friend Scholarship
John Stanfield ScholarshipJoseph & Edna Burger ScholarshipJudith L. Mervine Nursing Education Endowed Scholarship
Kaiser Aluminum ScholarshipKaren Bacus ScholarshipKathleen Mills Hill Scholarship
Kenneth & Marjorie Mills ScholarshipLaPorte Savings Bank Chancellor's Leadership ScholarshipLaura McClun Rowley Scholarship
LaVerne Noyes Foundation ScholarshipLicense Plates ScholarshipLorraine Kirkley Scholarship
Louis & Frances Wermuth ScholarshipLouis M & Alex Marcus ScholarshipLucas Scholarship
Lucille and Gayle Bluhm ScholarshipM. Gyte Alumni ScholarshipMargaret A. Buerger Scholarship
Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics ScholarshipMBAE Non-Profit ScholarshipMeredith E. Tom and Helen R. Tom Scholarship
Michael and Eileen O'ReillyMichael and Geraldine Macenski Behavioral ScholarshipMichael J. Harrigan Memorial Scholarship
Michael James Quint ScholarshipMichial Thompson ScholarshipMike Lalaeff Athletics Scholarship
Millie Pilot ScholarshipMilos Family FoundationNASA Indiana Space Grant Consortium STEM Scholarship at PNW
NBD Bank Talent ScholarshipNIPSCO Chancellor's Leadership ScholarshipNIPSCO Scholarship
Olivia Porter ScholarshipOptimist Club of Hammond ScholarshipPat Bednar Softball Scholarship
Paul Danko ScholarshipPeoples Bank Endowed Scholarship at Purdue NorthwestPNW Alumni Endowment Scholarship
PNW Communications and Creative Arts ScholarshipPNW Dr. Michelle Block ScholarshipPNW Haas Foundation COT Scholarship
PNW Rachel Steffens Memorial ScholarshipPokagon Fund ScholarshipPresnak Engineering Scholarship
Professional Selling ScholarshipProfessor Emerita Joanne Pluckebaum Endowed ScholarshipProfessor Jack E. Forbes Memorial Scholarship
Professor Mildred P. Vajagich ScholarshipPS Gerard FundPurdue Northwest Legacy Scholarship
Quasney Family ScholarshipRobert A. Solkey ScholarshipRobert and Betty Jane Schwarz Scholarship
Robert G. Husted, M.D. ScholarshipRobert L. Carr, Jr. Memorial ScholarshipRotary Golden Anniversary Scholarship
Rowley Bushue ScholarshipScience & Nursing Memorial Talent Award Selena M. Taliaferro Memorial Scholarship
Shirley Staton Memorial ScholarshipSigma Theta Tau, Mu Omega Chapter ScholarshipSimon Larkin Nursing Scholarship
Solid Waste District of LaPorte County Chancellor's Leadership ScholarshipSomos PNW ScholarshipSori Family Merit Scholarship for Construction Technology
Sori Family Scholarship for Construction TechnologySpecial Merit ScholarshipStephen Hough Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Strack & Van Til ScholarshipStudent Affordability ScholarshipSummer Engineering Program
Susan Finke Memorial ScholarshipSydney Smith Memorial Endowed ScholarshipSydney Smith Talent Scholarship
The Accounting ScholarshipThe Robinson Family FundThe Russell R. McWhorter Scholarship
Thinnes Family Honors College Scholarship ApplicationThomas R. Crowel Scholarship in Construction Management & Engineering TechnologiesThomas Ray Crowel Professional Writing Scholarship
Thomas Ray Crowel Scholarship in BusinessThomas Ray Crowel Scholarship in EducationUniversity Merit Scholarship
Valerie H. Brady ScholarshipVan Eekeren Family ScholarshipVanOrman History
Virginia Bushong Memorial Scholarship Virginia M. Brelje Memorial ScholarshipWanda Dudzik Memorial Scholarship Fund
White Lodging Future Leaders ScholarshipWhite Lodging HTM Endowed ScholarshipWilliam & Sophia Bruchman Nursing Scholarship
William & Kathryn Shields Healthcare ScholarshipWinthrop Taylor Memorial ScholarshipWomen in Engineering and Technology Scholarship

Personalized Scholarship Opportunities

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With Scholarship Universe, we are proud to say that all PNW students can now:

  • Answer questions and match to scholarship opportunities you are eligible for.
  • Easily apply online to multiple scholarship opportunities through a personalized portal.
  • See scholarship metrics to determine your chances and effort required to apply.
  • Be alerted whenever you are matched to new scholarship opportunities.
  • Receive automated reminders about outstanding tasks and next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

No! Because Scholarship Universe uses single sign-on (SSO), your email shows as the Purdue West Lafayette email ( As long as your user name in front of the @ is correct, along with your mobile number below that, you can click on “I’m Ready!” at the bottom.

You should answer any questions you feel comfortable with answering. PNW has brought into Scholarship Universe as much current information about you as we could – things like major, current GPA, etc.

Since Scholarship Universe contains both internal scholarships and thousands of external ones as well, the more questions you answer, the better your chances of finding more scholarship opportunities for which to apply.

You can pause answering if you need a break and come back later. And the system will give you breaks after a series of questions as well. Simply click on the question mark in the circle in the left-hand menu to go back to answering questions.

We have simplified the process as much as possible by bringing in what data we could about our students as mentioned above. This gives you a bit of a head-start in terms of matching with scholarship opportunities.

Additionally, the combination of external scholarships being included in the same place as the PNW scholarships means you will have an easier time identifying things you may wish to apply to.

Just because the system matches you with opportunities doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Click on your matches in the top right corner, review the list and then complete the applications for any scholarships you want!

The “matching ahead of time” is the system attempting to show you things you may already meet the criteria for, but it is not applying for you.

We are open for feedback! If something does not seem right or intuitive to use, please let someone in the Office of Financial Aid know. We will be evaluating feedback throughout this 2024/25 scholarship cycle to see if any tweaks are needed to be made.

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Two Easy Steps to Free Money for College

1. Apply Early to PNW

Did you know that first-year and new transfer students are automatically considered for academic scholarships as part of the admissions process? All you have to do is fill out your  PNW application—the sooner, the better!

Learn More About Admissions Scholarships

2. Submit Applications for Scholarships That Are Right for You!

With PNW’s new Scholarship Universe Tool, every PNW student can easily apply online to multiple scholarship opportunities through a personalized portal. Answer questions and find matches for scholarship opportunities you are eligible for.

While the application deadline has passed for PNW scholarships, you can still submit applications for external scholarships in Scholarship Universe!

Start Applying for Scholarships

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Looking for Scholarships Elsewhere?

Scholarship search engines can be a very useful tool in helping students locate scholarships. Many scholarship search websites require the applicant to complete a profile and attempt to match the student with possible scholarship opportunities. Avoid applications requiring a fee and learn about ways to protect yourself from scholarship scams.

Additional Resources

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Applying for Aid

The single easiest step you can take to be eligible for free financial aid is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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Thank-You Notes

Sending a donor thank-you note shows your appreciation—and supports efforts to secure additional funding for PNW students like you.

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PNW Net Price Calculator

How much does PNW cost? Enter your basic information and receive an estimated “net price” figure with estimated costs and anticipated grants and scholarships.