Northwestern Mutual: Opens applications for Annual College Scholarship Program

Program offers financial support for childhood cancer survivors and siblings in pursuit of higher education


MILWAUKEE– Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is announcing today the opening of the application process for its Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship program. Launched in 2017, the program provides 25 scholarships for childhood cancer survivors and 10 for the siblings of those affected, all of which are administered through Scholarship America. In total, Northwestern Mutual has provided more than $175,000 in scholarships for the program.

“A childhood cancer diagnosis affects families in many ways, but the financial repercussions – from treatment and medication to travel and lodging – are often overlooked,” said Eric Christophersen, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “No child should have to sacrifice college because of a cancer diagnosis. Northwestern Mutual is proud to be able to help these inspiring individuals advance their education.”

Both scholarship programs will provide $5,000 to high school seniors, high school graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates who demonstrate financial need, strong academic performance, leadership in school activities and have stated career and educational goals. Applicants are required to provide a personal impact statement describing how childhood cancer affected their lives and fostered resiliency along the way.

The application process for both scholarships programs will begin Saturday, December 1, 2018, and will close Tuesday, January 30, 2019, with selection results expected in April 2019. To apply visit:

Launched in 2012, Northwestern Mutual’s Childhood Cancer Program was developed to find better treatments and cures for pediatric cancer while providing family and patient support and aid to survivors who struggle with the late-term effects of treatment. With the help of its employees and financial advisors nationwide, the program has contributed more than $20 million to the cause, funded more than 240,000 hours of research, and leveraged nonprofit partners – including camps and retreats – to help more kids and families live life to the fullest.