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Dawson Nicholson Family

One of the longest running scholarships in the history of Northwest, the W.M.C. Dawson Scholarship, was funded August, 1976, by former regent W. M. C. Dawson and his wife, Inez. Close friends with Robert and Virginia Foster, the Dawsons realized the importance of helping Northwest students finance their education.

Dawson, owner and president of the Citizens Bank of Grant City, which was started by his father in 1881, passed away in 1987, but his legacy lives on today through the Scholarship. Because he began working in the family bank at age 16, Dawson was never able to attend college, and throughout his life he stressed the importance of higher education.

Today, the University works with Jennifer Dawson-Nicholson '71, owner of Nicholson Meyer Capital Management in Kansas City, whose contributions built up the original scholarship fund in honor of her grandfather, W. M. C. Dawson, and his service to the University as a member of the Board of Regents from 1951 to 1975. The fund will be renamed the Dawson Nicholson Family Scholarship in tribute to the Dawson family’s longtime connection with the University as well as Jennifer D. Nicholson’s contributions as a member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors from 2011 to 2022, including her term as Board Chair from 2018-2020.

Recipients of the Dawson Nicholson Family Scholarship shall have graduated from Worth County High School in Grant City, Missouri and shall maintain enrollment to be considered as full-time students by the University. Financial need and academic achievement shall be the leading criteria in awarding the scholarship.
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  • Dawson Nicholson Family Scholarship