Northwestern College Celebrates 110 Years by Offering 110 Students Scholarships Worth $1,100 Each

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Celebrating 110 years of service to Illinois residents, Northwestern College is offering 110 scholarships of $1,100 dollars to deserving students.

The campuses of Northwestern College have been family-owned educational institutions for a large part of their histories, and this fall, Northwestern College is proud to celebrate its 110th anniversary. To help celebrate this momentous occasion, Northwestern College is offering scholarships worth $1,100 each to 110 lucky and qualified students, which means that a grand total of $121,000 of scholarship money will be given away for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Both incoming students and returning students will be able to qualify for these scholarships, and full-time and part-time students are both eligible for these scholarships as well.

In order to be eligible for these scholarships, new students will need to have completed their enrollment and will need to have a finalized and submitted course schedule. Additionally, new students will be expected to have completed all of the necessary pre-eligibility entrance exams, and they will be expected to have any additional financial aid requests processed.

Returning students who wish to be eligible for these scholarships need to be enrolled in classes by the time the quarter starts on August 31st. Any students who were already enrolled in classes at the time of this announcement are going to be automatically included in the random drawing for the scholarships.

Any student that is eligible to be entered into the scholarship drawing will be entered into the drawing automatically. Out of the pool of eligible students, 110 students will be randomly selected as winners of the $1,100 scholarships.

The scholarship drawing will take place on September 7th, and the winners of the contest will be contacted shortly after the drawing occurs. A public announcement of the recipients of the scholarships will occur at the Welcome Back celebrations happening on each campus of Northwestern College shortly after the Fall Quarter starts.

These $1,100 scholarships will only be able to be applied towards tuition. For full-time students, the award will be divided between the Fall and Winter Quarters, and for part-time students, the award will be divided between the Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. Students will need to be continually enrolled in order to receive the full amount of the scholarship, and the award is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The scholarship can, however, be combined with any other Northwestern College scholarship with the exception of the Centennial Scholarship.

Northwestern College, which used to be known as Northwestern Business College up through 2008, was first started in Chicago in 1902. The school now boasts three campuses in Naperville, Bridgeview and Chicago-Jefferson Park, and it has an administrative office at Rosemont. The school also offers education options through their NC Online program, which allows students to earn online degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Health Information Technology.

In 1956, Northwestern College was purchased by the Schumacher family. Violet Schumacher, who was a former student, staff member and director of Northwestern College before she purchased the school, sold Northwestern College to her two children in 1978. Her son, Lawrence Schumacher, took over as the president of Northwestern College at that time, and he became the sole owner of Northwestern College in 2007.

President Schumacher, speaking about the scholarship awards and the yearlong celebration of the 110th anniversary of the school, said, “We are pleased to provide these 110 scholarships of $1,100 each to our Northwestern College students. As we celebrate this magnificent milestone in our history, it is only fitting to include our students in the celebration. We have thrived for 110 years in the Chicagoland area because we continue to offer a good education to the students who walk through our doors. We pledge to continue that tradition as we strive to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities, local businesses and our nation’s workforce!”

Northwestern College was founded in order to provide women and men with the training necessary to succeed in the business world. The first two programs offered by Northwestern College were Accounting and Stenography, but as the needs of students grew, so too did the offerings provided by the school. Eventually, these needs stretched beyond what a traditional business school would provide, and Northwestern College became a place where job-oriented students could gain career training in Chicago and get a well-rounded education. Northwestern College offers programs in Health Sciences, Commerce and Technology, Legal Studies and Nursing, and they have an average student-to-teacher ratio of 12-to-1, which means students get more face-time with their professors than at other larger institutions.

About Northwestern College:

Northwestern College (NC) is currently a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and it is also currently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The school offers a variety of associate degree and certification programs for career-focused individuals. Featuring flexible schedules with day, night, weekend and online courses, students can get personal attention and support at any of the Bridgeview, Chicago and Naperville campuses. To learn more, visit or call the campus toll-free at (888) 205-2283.

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