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PNW College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences Scholarships

PNW offers a range of scholarships to help CHESS 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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Apply for 140+ Scholarships

PNW students can be considered for more than 140 donor-funded scholarships just by filling out one simple application form. We know you’re busy, but taking this one small step can make a big difference in finding free money for college!

Fill Out the General Application

Learn more about the 140+ PNW donor-funded scholarships that use our general application. No need to apply to each individually—if you fill out the application once, you are automatically considered for all the scholarships you are eligible for.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the donors who make these scholarships possible!

PNW General Scholarships
1998 Chancellor’s Gala1st Source Bank Chancellor’s Leadership ScholarshipAlbert & Margaret Gallagher ScholarshipAlexis Jarrett Women’s Athletics Scholarship
Anita Bowser ScholarshipAnthony R Gonzalez ScholarshipAvra Neil Mitra Memorial Economics Scholarship
Baird-Tomko ScholarshipBank One Merrillville ScholarshipBarbara & Bernie LootensBeatty, NAU, Hammond Manufacturing Association Award
Beulah Inc Science ScholarshipBiology ScholarshipBlake Pre Veterinary ScholarshipBusiness Analytics Scholarship
C. R. Hutton Endowed ScholarshipCarlisle FamilyCatherine J. Bellamy ScholarshipChancellor's Council Endowed Scholarship
Chancellor's Council ScholarshipChancellor’s DiscretionaryCharles E. Miller MemorialChicago Southshore and South Bend Railroad Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship
Christenson Athletic ScholarshipClare & Lucy Osterle ScholarshipClaudia Nondorf Memorial ScholarshipCoach Bednar Centaur Athletic Scholarship
COB Sports Management ScholarshipCollege of Business Dean’s ScholarshipCollege of Education ScholarshipCollege of Engineering, Math & Science Scholarship
CSSAC ScholarshipDale Alspaugh ScholarshipDonald L. Clark Memorial ScholarshipDonald R. and Helen P. Myers Endowed Scholarship
Donald S. Powers Athletic ScholarshipDonald S. Powers Nursing ScholarshipDorman Family Endowed Scholarship in NursingDr. Joyce Ellis Nursing Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Joyce Ellis Scholarship - Talent AwardDr. Nils K. Nelson Memorial ScholarshipDuneland Health Council ScholarshipDworkin Family Scholarship
E-Center Merit Award HammondEd Furticella Scholarship in AccountingEdward and Marie Plucinski Memorial ScholarshipEdwin and Elsie Buck Scholarship
Frank Saculla Athletic ScholarshipFred and Louise Rowley ScholarshipFred C. Rowley, Jr. ScholarshipGeorge Sefler Memorial Scholarship
Gloria J. Smokvina ScholarshipGopalan Engineering Endowed Scholarship at PNWGraduate Distinction ScholarshipGraduate Research Scholarship
Graegin Scholarship for Student Athletes
Hammond Centennial ScholarshipHammond Optimist Endowed ScholarshipHarold C. Moran ScholarshipHermine Cutler Scholarship
Honors ScholarshipHorizon Bank Chancellor’s Leadership ScholarshipHospitality and Tourism Management ScholarshipHoward and Patti Cohen Chancellor's Scholarship
Irene and Kostas Yiankes ScholarshipJacob and Yetta Lerner Memorial ScholarshipJerome Hyndman ScholarshipJim & Betty Dye Non-Traditional Scholarship
Jim and Betty Dye Student ScholarshipJohn Stanfield ScholarshipJoseph & Edna Burger ScholarshipJudith L. Mervine Nursing Education Endowed Scholarship
Kaiser Aluminum ScholarshipKaren Bacus ScholarshipKathleen Mills Hill ScholarshipKenneth & Marjorie Mills Scholarship
LaPorte Savings Bank Chancellor’s Leadership ScholarshipLaura McClun Rowley ScholarshipLicense Plates ScholarshipLorraine Kirkley Scholarship
Louis & Frances Wermuth ScholarshipLucas ScholarshipLucille and Gayle Bluhm ScholarshipM. Gyte Alumni Scholarship
Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics ScholarshipMBAE Non-Profit ScholarshipMeredith E. Tom and Helen R. Tom ScholarshipMichael and Eileen O’Reilly
Michael and Geraldine Macenski Behavioral ScholarshipMichael J. Harrigan Memorial ScholarshipMichael James Quint ScholarshipMichael James Quint Scholarship
Michial Thompson ScholarshipMike Lalaeff Athletics ScholarshipMillie Pilot ScholarshipMilos Family Foundation
NBD Bank Talent ScholarshipNIPSCO Chancellor’s Leadership ScholarshipOptimist Club of Hammond ScholarshipPat Bednar Softball Scholarship
PNW Alumni Endowment ScholarshipPNW Communications and Creative Arts ScholarshipPNW Haas Foundation COT ScholarshipPNW Rachel Steffens Memorial Scholarship
Pokagon Fund ScholarshipProfessor Emerita Joanne Pluckebaum Endowed ScholarshipProfessor Jack E. Forbes Memorial ScholarshipProfessor Mildred P. Vajagich Scholarship
PS Gerard FundQuasney Family ScholarshipRobert A. Solkey ScholarshipRobert and Betty Jane Schwarz Scholarship
Robert G. Husted, M.D. ScholarshipRobert L. Carr, Jr. Memorial ScholarshipRotary Golden Anniversary ScholarshipRowley Bushue Scholarship
Science & Nursing Memorial Talent Award Selena M. Taliaferro Memorial ScholarshipSimon Larkin Nursing ScholarshipSolid Waste District of LaPorte County Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship
Sori Family Merit Scholarship for Construction TechnologySori Family Scholarship for Construction TechnologySpecial Merit ScholarshipStephen Hough Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Student Affordability ScholarshipSummer Engineering ProgramSusan Finke Memorial ScholarshipSydney Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Sydney Smith Talent ScholarshipThe Accounting ScholarshipThe Robinson Family FundThe Russell R. McWhorter Scholarship
University Merit ScholarshipValerie H. Brady ScholarshipVan Eekeren Family ScholarshipVanOrman History
Virginia Bushong Memorial Scholarship Virginia M. Brelje Memorial ScholarshipWhite Lodging Future Leaders ScholarshipWilliam & Kathryn Shields Healthcare Scholarship
Winthrop Taylor Memorial ScholarshipWomen in Engineering and Technology Scholarship

CHESS Scholarships That Require a Separate Application

While you can apply for most PNW scholarships by filling out just one form, there are some donor-funded scholarships that require a separate application. Give the scholarships below a review to see which are right for you!

Scholarship TitleCollegeDescriptionApplication Deadline
Chancellor James B. Dworkin Distinguished Scholars Award All

This scholarship is to support one or more annual, non-renewable undergraduate scholarships for students who are incoming freshmen who have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5. Strong preference will be given to students who have demonstrated leadership qualities through one or more of the following: a leadership role in a student club or organization, participation in external academic competitions, or a leadership role in the community related t a non-profit activity.

February 1, 2023
Charles A. Norrman Sr. Memorial Scholarship All

This scholarship is for veteran or the child of a veteran. Proof of veteran association must be provided. Preference will be given to an Indiana resident.

February 1, 2023
Children of Veterans Scholarship All

This scholarship is for undergraduate students who are the direct descendent and the dependent child or grandchild of a veteran of the United State Armed Forces.

February 1, 2023
Christenson Chevrolet Scholarship All

This scholarship is for undergraduate students. First preference will be given to the dependent children of Christenson Chevrolet employees with a documented financial aid need.

February 1, 2023
Diane N. Huntington Memorial Scholarship CHESS

This scholarship was established in memory of Diane Nicole Huntington to support scholarships for juniors or seniors who are enrolled in the Teacher Preparation Program in the School of Education. This scholarship shall be awarded to students who have demonstrated academic merit and a passion and commitment for teaching.

February 1, 2023
Dunn Communication & Creative Arts Student Project Funds CHESS

Funds are intended to support students with their expenses related to the following: 1. student centered projects and 2. papers and/or community based projects.

Helen and Frank Korpak Memorial Scholarship All

This scholarship is to support need-based scholarships. Priority will be given to students who are graduates of Thomas A. Edison Jr. Sr. High School in Lake Station, Indiana.

February 1, 2023
Jennie Hamilton Memorial Scholarship All

Scholarships are awarded based on merit to sophomores, juniors or seniors pursuing a degree in fitness management in the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences or a degree in nursing in the College of Nursing.

February 1, 2023
John Friend Scholarship All

This scholarship was established in honor of John Friend to support scholarships for juniors and seniors in the fitness management option within the Hospitality and Tourism Management.

February 1, 2023
LaVerne Noyes Foundation Scholarship All

This scholarship is for students who are descendants from someone who served in the Army, Navy or Marine Corp of the United States during World War I.

February 1, 2023
Louis M & Alex Marcus Scholarship All

This scholarship is for undergraduate students.

February 1, 2023
NIPSCO Scholarship All

This scholarship is to be used for students who are dependent children of NIPSCO employees, or for students who have a visual or physical disability.

February 1, 2023
Office of Concurrent Enrollment Programs Student Scholarship All

The scholarship is available for incoming freshman (first year) students who have completed at least 3 PNW credits upon applying.

March 1, 2023
Paul Danko Scholarship All

This scholarship was established by the Lake County Athletic Officials Association to support scholarships for undergraduate students interested in becoming interscholastic officials. Paul Danko was a highly respected Lake County sports official who passed away while officiating at a basketball game in 1994. His professionalism and true concern for the athletes he worked with prompted friends, family and colleagues to honor his memory by establishing a scholarship in his name. To learn more about the Lake County Athletic Officials Association (LCAOA) please visit: https://www.myihsaa.net/associations/11/192

February 1, 2023
Purdue Northwest Legacy Scholarship ALL

This scholarships is to support undergraduate and/or graduate scholarships for students enrolled at PNW who have a parent, sibling, or grandparent who is a PNW graduate (Purdue Calumet and/or Purdue North Central).

February 1, 2023
Shirley Staton Memorial Scholarship CHESS

Recipients of this scholarship must have a minimum of 3.00 GPA. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a minor in Women’s Studies, however, students who have demonstrate interest in the field through takin courses will also be considered eligible.

February 1, 2023
Strack & Van Til Scholarship All

Scholarship is for employees and dependent children of employees of Strack & Van Til.

February 1, 2023
Thomas Ray Crowel Professional Writing Scholarship CHESS

Scholarship is to support undergraduates majoring in English with a professional writing option who are enrolled full-time. Recipients must have at least a 3.35 GPA and reside in Lake, LaPorte, or Porter counties in Indiana.

February 1, 2023
Thomas Ray Crowel Scholarship in Education CHESS

This scholarship is to support merit-based scholarships for undergraduates majoring in Education. Recipients must be full-time students, residents of Lake, Porter, or LaPorte counties in Indiana, and have at least a 3.5 GPA.

February 1, 2023