Shining Light Scholarship


The Shining Light Scholarship spotlights high-achieving students

New West's Shining Light Scholarship was established in March 2023 when an anonymous donor contacted Dr. Sharon Weir to ask how they could help students pursue higher education. Their priority was to help students in need with the cost of making that dream a reality.

Since then, additional generous donors have contributed to the cause of helping NWC alumni continue their education after graduating from our school.

Ideal candidates for this scholarship have a well-documented history of community service and strong academics (minimum 3.0 GPA and plans to attend a two or four-year non-profit or public college/university in the coming fall).

This is a needs-based, non-renewable scholarship. The amount of the award and the number of recipients varies each year.


Awards given

Class of 2025

Ten scholarships of $400 each will be awarded to students in the fall of 2024 to help with the cost of college applications, school visits, test prep, and tutoring. The application for those scholarships will become available in the fall of 2024. Additional scholarships will be made available in the spring of 2025 as seniors begin the college enrollment process.

Class of 2024

Six scholarships of $4,000 each will be awarded to students heading to four-year colleges to help with the cost of tuition, enrollment fees, books, technology, and living expenses. Additionally, four scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to students with plans to attend two-year colleges.

The deadline for the Class of 2024's applications is February 29, 2024.



Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. 3.0 GPA and above

  2. Plan to attend either a 2- or 4-year non-profit or public college or university

  3. Community Service experience a plus

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