Financial Resources

Departments within Multicultural Student Affairs offer resources and scholarship opportunities for students. There are various external organizations that students can research and find information regarding supplemental funding and financial assistance.

African American Student Affairs

Gardner/Exum Scholarship

The Gardner-Exum Scholarship Fund was established in December of 1986 to honor Northwestern Univeristy alumnus Attorney Milton Gardner,  co-founder of For Members Only – The Black Student Alliance, and Professor William Exum, former chairperson of the Department of African American Studies. Because of their commitment to academic excellence, concern for Black students, community needs, and their belief that effective leadership can make a major impact on our lives, this scholarship has assisted many Black student leaders for over two decades.

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Black students in a manner that supports academic excellence and recognizes campus and community leadership. Our hope is that these funds will help reduce the need for loans or employment commitments for Northwestern students currently receiving financial aid, and allow them to focus more on their studies.

Applications for the 2013-2014 Gardner/Exum Scholarship are due by 3:00pm on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 and can be submitted electronically to,  or turned in to our office at 1914 Sheridan Road. Finalists will be required to participate in an interview with the selection committee on Tuesday, January 14th or Wednesday January 15th 2014 between 12pm-5pm.

Asian/Asian-American Student Affiars

Financial Aid Guide for Asian Americans

The Financial Aid Guide for Asian Americans is located in the Asian/Asian American Student Affairs office (Room 101) at the Multicultural Center (MCC). This guide includes information about scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants, awards, and internships.

Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs

Berdakin Family Latino/a Emerging Leader Scholarship

The Berdakin Family Foundation was started by Dr. Daniel Berdakin and his wifeVeronica Morales, recipient of LANU Scholarship. Susanna Berdakin to help enrich the lives of children through the support of educational programs and financial aid assistance for students. The Foundation was established in December 2005. It is registered in California as 501.3(C) and as such retains tax exempt status. Though the initial endowment consists entirely of monies donated by the Berdakin family, the family accepts charitable donations to add to its already sizeable endowments.

The Latino Emerging Leaders Scholarship is awarded to help provide one deserving Latino Freshman with the financial resources needed to attend Northwestern University. Eligible applicants should reflect active involvement in the Latino community, including community service activities and plan to continue his/her contribution to the Latino community in the future.

Please view the Northwestern University Financial Aid site for more information.