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Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Northwestern Mutual Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist siblings of individuals who are in current treatment, have survived or passed away from childhood cancer who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

For information, or to apply to the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program, click here.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants of the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship Program must:

  • Be siblings of individuals who are in current treatment, have survived or passed away from childhood cancer.
  • Applicants must upload an Affidavit, signed by Parent or Legal Guardian, confirming your status as a Sibling of someone who is currently in treatment, has survived or passed away from childhood cancer.
  • Be age 25 and under who are high school seniors or graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduates, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Employees and children of employees of Northwestern Mutual Foundation Inc. and The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (and any of its affiliates and subsidiaries) are ineligible to apply.

Those who do not receive a scholarship are invited to reapply in following years. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply.

Award information:

  • If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award
  • Up to 25 awards will be granted with a minimum of two (2) awards per time zone of the applicant’s home address (AZ, AK and HI included in Pacific Time Zone)
  • Awards may be renewed for up to one year or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining full-time enrollment, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and continuation of the program by Northwestern Mutual Foundation.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


Applicants will be notified in April whether they have been selected as a finalist. Finalists will be asked to provide medical verification of sibling’s diagnosis. Finalists will be notified in late April whether they have been selected as a recipient. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as finalists, and not all finalists will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Payments are made in one installment early August.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Honors
  • Work experience
  • Statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Personal impact statement how sibling’s childhood cancer affected his/her life
  • An online recommendation

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does an officer or employee of Northwestern Mutual Foundation play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

  • Affidavit, signed by the applicants Parents or Legal Guardians, confirming the applicant’s status as a sibling of a someone who is currently in treatment, has survived, or has passed away from childhood cancer.
  • If necessary, a separate printed Financial Data Form may be submitted in order for one to be completed if parents cannot submit jointly on the electronic application.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 7, 2022 3:00 pm CT.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

Northwestern Mutual Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Select the button below to be directed to the Scholarship America Student Hub!