Northwest Shoals Community College Institutional Scholarships

Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is excited to offer scholarships to very deserving, prospective, and current students. Scholarship applicants must meet minimum eligibility requirements for the particular scholarship the student is applying for. Please review the scholarship minimum requirements in the NWSCC scholarship criteria section below for more information. The scholarship selection process is very competitive, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a scholarship award. Scholarships are awarded for one academic year with an option for renewal through the scholarship application process. NWSCC institutional scholarships are non-refundable and unused funds cannot be carried over to a subsequent academic year.

The 2024-2025 NWSCC Institutional Scholarship Application closed on February 15, 2024. Please check back in fall 2024 for information about our 2025-2026 scholarships. 

Types of NWSCC Scholarships

For consideration for the one-year award with a $2,500 value applied towards tuition that must be split between fall, spring, and summer for up to 30 credit hours, the applicant must: 

  • Be a graduating high school senior.
  • Minimum overall high school cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Minimum ACT score of 20.

This one-year awarded with a $3,870 value covering full tuition for up to 30 credit hours during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. This scholarship, formerly known as the Val/Sal Scholarship, is designated for the current graduating class Valedictorian and Salutatorian of NWSCC service area high schools, as reported by the high school counselors. Students will not have to apply for this scholarship. 

For consideration for the one-year award with a $3,870 value covering full tuition for up to 30 credit hours during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, applicant must: 

  • Open to all students, incoming and returning. 
  • Minimum overall high school or NWSCC cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Answer three questions about why you want to by an Ambassador in the scholarship application. 
  • Participate in the required interview process.

For consideration for the one-year award with a $2,500 value applied towards tuition that must be split between fall, spring, and summer for up to 30 credit hours, the applicant must: 

  • Be a graduating high school senior.
  • Minimum overall high school cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Intend to enroll or be enrolled in an Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Occupational Technology degree at NWSCC. 

For consideration for the one-year award of the $5,376 to cover tuition and fees for up to 32 credit hours for fall and spring semesters, applicants must: 

  • Open to all students, incoming and returning. 
  • Minimum overall high school or NWSCC cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Participate in the interview process. 

For consideration for the one-year award with $2,500 value applied towards tuition that must be split between fall, spring, and summer for up to 30 credit hours, the applicants must: 

  • Be a returning student who does not have an AS, AA, AOT, or AAS degree.
  • Minimum NWSCC cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • Completed and passed a minimum of 30 credit hours at NWSCC. 

For consideration for one-year award with a $2,000 value applied towards tuition that must be split between fall and spring semesters for up to 30 credit hours, the applicant must: 

  • Be a graduating high school senior. 
  • Minimum NWSCC cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours passed at NWSCC. 

For consideration for the one-year award with $2,500 value applied towards tuition that must be split between fall, spring, and summer for up to 30 credit hours, the applicants must: 

  • Reserved for students from specific ethnic or racial backgrounds, such as Hispanic, African American, Asian American, or Native American. 
  • Be a graduating high school senior. 
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a community leader not related to you. 

For consideration for the one-year award with a $2,500 value applied towards tuition that must be split between fall, spring, and summer for up to 30 credit hours, the applicant must: 

  • Open to all students, incoming and returning.
  • Complete a 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with NWSCC’s school code 005697 by March 29th

For consideration for the one-year award of $3,870 to cover tuition for up to 32 credit hours for fall and spring semesters, applicants must: 

  • Open to all students, incoming and returning. 
  • Minimum overall high school or NWSCC cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Participate in the required audition. 

For consideration for the one-year award with a $2,500 value applied towards tuition that must be split between fall, spring, and summer for up to 30 credit hours, the applicant must: 

  • Be a graduating high school senior.
  • Minimum overall high school cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Must have participated in the Phil Campbell, Tuscumbia, or Tennessee Valley project. 
  • Upload a one-page essay explaining the benefits of participating in the Talent Search program and how those benefits will contribute to success in college. 

These are non-institutional scholarships available through the NWSCC Foundation.

If you have questions regarding NWSCC Scholarships, please contact:

Financial Aid
256-331-5364
financialaid@nwscc.edu