The National University of Natural Medicine offers a variety of scholarships to new, first-time and returning students across all our academic programs. Please review the criteria and requirements before you apply.
For questions, contact:
- First-Time Student Scholarships: Office of Admissions
- Returning Student Scholarships: Office of Advancement
First-Time Student Scholarships
Each year a limited amount of scholarship funds are available exclusively for new and incoming NUNM students. The scholarship application and required essay must be submitted along with your admissions application.
- Academic Excellence (GPA of 3.8 or higher) – ND students
- Academic Achievement (GPA of 3.5 or higher) – ND students
- Academic Merit (GPA of 3.0 or higher) – ND, CCM students
- Academic Accomplishment (no GPA requirement) – Undergraduate/Graduate Studies
- Excellence in Diversity (all programs) – For Black/Non-Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander students
Early Scholarship Priority Deadline: February 1, 2024
Returning Student Scholarships
Through the generosity of our donors, NUNM is able to offer scholarships to assist returning students with the cost of education. Available scholarships are listed below; visit the individual scholarship pages for details and eligibility requirements.
Returning Student Scholarship opportunities, eligibility and deadlines for the 2023-24 academic year will be announced in the spring. Scholarship recipients are announced each September, typically in week 2 of the Fall term prior to financial aid distribution.
Applications open: May 1, 2024
Application Deadline: July 7, 2024
Core Eligibility Criteria
- Students must meet NUNM enrollment requirements for a full-time course of study.
- Students must meet NUNM’s academic achievement standards and be in good standing (undergraduate SAP or graduate SAP).
- Additional eligibility requirements, including specific program of study, year in school, or other criteria may apply to individual scholarships.
- Students applying for a financial need-based scholarship must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
How to Apply
The Returning Student Scholarship application will be posted in the Spring. Students should first review the core eligibility criteria, then each individual scholarship criterion. Eligible applicants should then complete the essays for each scholarship to which they will apply. Complete ONE scholarship application at the link below. Applicants will be asked to upload scholarship-specific essays at the end of the application. Students may apply for more than one scholarship if they are eligible.
Essay Format Requirements
- If you apply for more than one scholarship, complete ONE application and check the boxes for each scholarship you are applying to. ONLY check scholarships for which you are eligible. Even if the essay questions are the same or similar, you must submit an essay for each scholarship you apply to.
- All essays, unless otherwise instructed, must be no less than 470 words and no more than 500 words.
- Essays must be uploaded in Word format.
- The document should be saved as the name of the scholarship (i.e., “Peterson Family.doc”), unless otherwise instructed.
- The applicant’s name should NOT be placed anywhere in the name of the document, the title of the essay or body of the essay in order to ensure a blinded process. While applicant’s name and email address is captured in the upload process, it will be separated from the essay prior to committee review.
- Essays should be double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font.
- The name of the scholarship and the essay question should be placed at the top of the essay.
- Using the Word Count feature, place the total Word Count of the essay at the top, below the title and essay question. Do not include the essay title, essay question or any references in the word count.
Scholarship Award and Financial Aid
All students receiving financial aid will have any scholarship awards included as part of their award package. We encourage all students, domestic and international, to complete the FAFSA application online with National University of Natural Medicine School Code of B07624. Scholarship funds will be divided into three equal installments and disbursed to the recipient in fall, winter and spring terms. Scholarship recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress as a condition for receiving a scholarship. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the scholarship. This policy applies to both internal and external scholarship funding sources.
When Awarded a Scholarship
Most scholarship recipients are expected to write a letter of thanks to the donor (where applicable). Letters should be delivered to the Office of Advancement and will be forwarded to the donor(s). We also request that awardees provide a photo and brief biography for use on the NUNM scholarship recipient webpage. Corporate partners who provide scholarship funds may also utilize photos, bios, and copies of the winning essays for publication.
Available Scholarships, 2023-24
This need-based scholarship will be awarded to full-time current students in any degree program at NUNM. This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of many donors to the 1,000 Friends of NUNM fund.
Alumni and Friends Scholarship, $2,000 (need-based, multiple awards available)
This need-based scholarship will be awarded to full-time current students in any degree program at NUNM. This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of many alumni donors, spearheaded by Kayla and Steven Sandberg-Lewis.
Innovation in Wellbeing Scholarship, $5,000 (need-based, multiple awards available)
The “Innovation in Wellbeing” scholarship will be awarded to full-time current students in any degree program at NUNM. This scholarship is made possible through a generous grant from the Michael and Simone Chilton Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.
The Percy & Adrienne Frazier Scholarship is a need-based scholarship and will be awarded to current full-time students in any degree program at NUNM. It is made possible by a generous donation from the Frazier family.
Peterson Family Scholarship, $2,000
The Peterson Family Scholarship will be awarded to a current full-time student in any degree program at NUNM. It is made possible by a generous donation from the Peterson family.
Dr. Robert Sklovsky Memorial Scholarship, $5,000 (multiple awards available)
The Dr. Robert Sklovsky Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to current students in any degree program at NUNM with the goal of enriching NUNM’s learning community by recognizing and supporting outstanding students from underrepresented populations that include consideration of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and socio-economic status. It is made possible by a generous donation from Kathy Davis.
Schleich/Czeranko Scholarship, $1,500
The Schleich/Czeranko Scholarship will be awarded to a current, full-time student who has successfully completed at least one year of study in any degree program. It was made possible by generous donations from our community in honor of NUNM President Emeritus, David J. Schleich, PhD, and Staff Emerita, Sussanna Czeranko, ND, BBE.
The Dr. Todd A. Schlapfer scholarship will be awarded to a current, full-time student enrolled in the Naturopathic Medicine program. This scholarship was established to honor the life and work of Todd Schlapfer, ND (’83), and is made possible by a generous donation from Hunter Peterson, ND (’13).
The Dr. Gary Weiner Scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in the Naturopathic Program with a focus in Integrative Gastroenterology. Student must be in their 4th, 5th, or 6th year in academic year 2023/24. It was founded in honor of Gary Weiner, ND, by Ellen Goldsmith, LAc (’99) and made possible by generous donations from our community.
Bragg Health Foundation Scholarships, $3,250 (multiple awards available)
The Bragg Health Foundation Scholarships will be awarded to students in their 2nd year or higher in the Naturopathic medicine or Nutrition programs. These scholarships were made possible through monies donated by Dr. Patricia Bragg.
The Standard Process Scholarship will be awarded to current, full-time students enrolled in the Naturopathic Program. It is made possible by a generous donation from long-time NUNM partner, Standard Process.
NCMIC Scholarship, $3,000
The NCMIC Scholarship will be awarded to current, full-time students enrolled in the Naturopathic Program with the goal of enriching NUNM’s learning community by recognizing and supporting outstanding students from the Naturopathic Program within one year of graduation who identify in an underrepresented population that includes consideration of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and socio-economic status. It is made possible by a generous donation from long-time NUNM partner, NCMIC.
Ford Family Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation with headquarters in Roseburg, Oregon, and scholarship office in Eugene, Oregon. Kenneth W. Ford and Hallie E. Ford, founders of The Ford Family Foundation, established the Ford Family Scholarship Programs to assist students who otherwise would find it impossible, or at least very difficult, to obtain a college degree. Ford Family scholarships are awarded to students from Oregon and Siskiyou County, California, cover 90% of unmet college costs and are renewable yearly. Applications open December 1st, 2023. Apply here.
Golden Flower Chinese Herbs Scholarship
- Share you passion: Send a 50-100 word statement telling us why you decided to study Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
- Tell us how to reach you: Send us your name, address, and email address. We will add you to our customer base so you can receive updates, sale info, and educational resources.
- What you will get: Each student whi sends us their Passion Statement will receive a gift bag of cool stuff, including free herbs.
- Winner Announcement: Two winners will be selected at random from the entries received. We will announce the winners on October 15, 2024. A check will in the amount of $500 will be mailed to each winner!
Contest open to students of ACAHM accredited schools only. A copy of the student ID is required.
Email your Passion Statement along with a photo of your student ID, full name, and address to: email@example.com. Type the words “Passion Statement” in the subject line.
Entries submitted without an ID, requested information, or proper subject line will be disqualified.
One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be cause for disqualification.
Contest runs from October 1st, 2023 through September 30, 2024.
Oregon Tribal Student Grant
Are you an enrolled Oregon tribal member going to college and need money for college? Apply today for the Oregon Tribal Student Grant! This grant program is expected to pay for most or all public college‐related expenses—including tuition, housing, books, and other costs not covered by other grants— for eligible Oregon tribal students.
It can be applied toward undergraduate or graduate study at Oregon public colleges and universities as well as eligible private non‐profit institutions, where award amounts can go up to the public institution maximum level, in the upcoming school year.
Questions? Call (541) 687‐7400 or email PublicPrograms@hecc.oregon.gov.
Office of Student Access & Completiton (OSAC) Scholarships
OSAC provides opportunities for scholarships, tuition support, and financial aid to current and future Oregon students. OSAC awards more than $10 million in scholarships annually to both undergraduate and graduate level students. Apply here.
Pride Foundation Scholarships
Our scholarships fund LGBTQ+ students who are leaders—in their own lives, in their families, in their home communities, in their field of study, in their workplace, or in our movements for justice. Our program provides resources to students who need it most, regardless of school, major, or GPA.
Since awarding our first scholarship in 1993, we have awarded over $7 million to more than 2,300 students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Through the incredible generosity of our community, Pride Foundation has more than 60 scholarship funds—and students only need to complete one application.
Any LGBTQ+ student who is a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington state is eligible to apply. You can find out more details about the basic requirements, process, and application here.
We know that school continues to look different this year for our current and future Pride Foundation Scholars, and for all students, and we’ll need more help than ever to get the word out about this opportunity. Please help spread the word to students in your networks— or apply yourself!