2021-22 General Scholarship Opportunities
(LISTED BY MONTH AND DAY OF DUE DATE)
NEWLY ADDED SCHOLARSHIPS ARE MARKED AS**
**Jim Hallihan Character Legacy Scholarship Application: The Jim Hallihan Character Legacy Scholarship was created by his family in memory of a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, coach and friend. Jim believed that good character was even more important than grades, success in sports, or excelling in other talents. He believed in mentoring young people and often talked about the biblical principle of how challenges in life create perseverance which builds character and leads to hope.
The scholarship will provide applicants with the opportunity to share some of those challenges and experiences where their character was tested, and they prevailed with good decisions and caring actions. We hope to provide opportunities for first generation college students and/or underrepresented populations on a college campus. Through stories and narratives, the focus will be on community service, volunteering, involvement in religious organizations and schools, and references of good character.
More information and application: Here.
For online Application: Here. Applications open on January 5, 2022 and accepted through March 31, 2022.
Citizens Scholarship:The Citizens Scholarship awards a monthly prize of $2,500 and a grand prize of $15,000. Both students and their parents/sponsors can enter*! No essays, no report cards—just a couple of easy steps and you’re entered. The Citizens Scholarship is giving away $2,500 every month to students and parents. If you don’t win this month, you could win next month and you’re automatically entered for the annual grand prize of $15,000. With all that, you’re made ready for success. More information and application: Here. Deadline: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
CNA Classes Near Me Scholarship: CNA Classes Near Me helps those interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) find training programs. Many of these programs are free as they are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor or state equivalent agencies. Our site has state by state pages that list out all training locations in a given state as well as their contact information. The amount awarded for the scholarship is $500. More information and application: Here. Deadline: September 21
Future Ready Iowa Clast-Dollar Scholarship: We want to make families aware of a great scholarship opportunity for high school seniors. The Last Dollar Scholarship is a state-funded program that pays tuition and mandatory fees for hundreds of program majors offered through Iowa’s community colleges. All students need to do is complete a FAFSA and enroll as a full-time student in the fall. More information and application: Here. Deadline: Ongoing Oct 1 thru August 1
Heisman High School Scholarship: The Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance is proud to continue its 27-year tradition of honoring the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors and supporting high school academic and athletic programs across the country. The program recognizes and rewards high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities.
- GPA of 3.0 or better
- Participation in at least one sport,
- Demonstrated leadership at school and in the community
More information and application:Here. Deadline: October 19
Horatio Alger Scholarship Program: Multiple scholarship programs offering scholarship assistance to seniors based on academic achievement, leadership and students who have overcome difficulties/obstacles. More information and application: Here. Deadline: October 25
Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarships: Regional and National scholarships of $1,000 -- $20,000, selection based on excellence in leadership, academics, activities, service/volunteer. More information and application: Here. Deadline: October 31
Voice of Democracy Youth Scholarship: Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 64,500 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. More information and application: Here. Deadline: October 31
Prudential Spirit of Community Award: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth Recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program honors middle and high school students for outstanding service and volunteerism. More information and application: Here. Deadline: November 10
**Elks Most Valuable Student Competition:
- Be a current high school senior, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States and show financial need.
- You do not have to be a member (or the dependent of a member) of the Elks to qualify.
- High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are submitted; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
More information and application: Here. Deadline: November 15
**The Real World Design Challenge Scholarship: The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation's leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace. More information and application: Here.
- Team Registration Deadline: November 19
- More information: Here.
**Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team Education Scholarships: The Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team (an award-winning personal injury law firm serving Phoenix, Denver & Chicago) awards several academic scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in a range of programs and schools. Winners also get a free, one-hour consultation with a college admissions counseling firm that can help show winners how to get into a top college. Follow the links below to find out more about each of our scholarship opportunities:
- College Scholarship – Two for $1,000 each
- Nursing Scholarship – One for $1,000
- Law School Scholarship – One for $1,000
- Medical School Scholarship – One for $1,000
- Physical Therapist / Occupational Therapist Scholarship – One for $1,000
- Summer College Scholarship – One for $1000
- Summer Law School Scholarship – One for $1000
More information and application: Here. Deadline: December 1
**Kanoski Bresney Stand up to Distracted Driving Scholarship: Distracted driving, including due to texting and other cell phone use, is a serious issue that leads to hundreds of thousands of accidents and injuries in the United States each year. The problem is especially prominent among teen and young adult drivers, and teens are also at a greater risk of being the victim of a distracted driving accident.
At Kanoski Bresney, we want to support students who do their part to fight the problem of distracted driving. Through the Kansoki Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship program, we are offering five scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, to students in the U.S. who are pursuing higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level.
- You are a high school senior who will be starting your college or university education in 2022.
- You are a U.S. citizen.
- You have a current overall GPA of at least 3.0.
More information and application: Here. Deadline: December 1
Iowa State University Multicultural Vision Program Scholarship (MVP):The MVP scholarship is a four-year, full tuition award for 100 Iowa high school students who identify as people of color or who have participated in a federally funded Educational Talent Search or Upward Bound program. More than just a scholarship, it's a learning community of students all beginning a journey toward future careers and long-lasting legacies of excellence. More Information and application: Here. Deadline: December 1
National Honor Society Scholarship: Scholarships of varying amounts for seniors who are members of the National Honor Society. Selection includes academics (GPA and Test Scores), volunteer and service, and leadership. Recommendations and essays are required. NHS Advisor (Mr. Doug Lestina) must enter a verification code prior to students applying. More information and application: Here. Deadline: December 1
Christian Hixson Opportunity Awards: Iowa State University – Scholarships to ISU for seniors planning to attend ISU. Priority for students who have faced personal and/or/ financial challenges and have extreme financial need (as demonstrated on the FAFSA). More information and application: Here. Deadline: December 15
Equitable Excellence Scholarship: Scholarships for seniors – selection based on school and community service/volunteer and activity; leadership of a project that benefits others; has overcome personal challenges. More information and application: Here. Opening September 2021
**North American Van Lines 2021 Logistics Scholarship Competition: North American Van Lines, one of the leading moving companies in the United States, is committed to supporting the community as well as the growth and development of the moving services and logistics industries. We believe education is the best way to ensure our industry has qualified professionals for years to come. Because of this belief, we are proud to announce our first annual Logistics Scholarship contest. Three lucky qualified entrants will each win a $1,000 scholarship towards their degree in logistics or supply chain management at the college or university of their choice.
More information and application: Here. Deadline: December 15
**Medical Scrubs Collection Scholarship: Medical Scrubs Collection is dedicated to recognizing the individuals who go above and beyond to help others every day. To show our appreciation for these hard-working individuals, MSC has decided to Pay it Forward by creating an annual scholarship opportunity for students studying in any health or medical-related field. MSC’s scholarship will provide each applicant with a chance to win $1000 towards their college tuition by answering one question:
What inspired you to pursue a career in helping others?
More information and application: Here. Deadline: December 15
Profile in Courage Scholarship Essay Contest: Scholarships based on original student essays about political leaders who have demonstrated courage. More information and application: Here. Opening September 1. Deadline: January 14
Timberline Billing Services Scholarships: Scholarships for students who currently have, or have had, an IEP during high school and are planning to pursue secondary education. More information: here. Submit application to email@example.com Deadline: January 15
**The Coolidge Scholarship: The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2023 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Winners may use the scholarship to pursue any academic major. More information and application: Here. Deadline: January 19
University of Iowa Scholarship for Incoming Undergraduate Students: The Department of Physics and Astronomy awards one $1,000 grant each year, renewable for up to three (3) successive years following the initial award, to an entering freshman from the state of Iowa. This person is selected by the Department of Physics and Astronomy as the state's best qualified applicant who matriculates at the University of Iowa and has declared physics or astronomy as their major. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, not financial need.
As long as a scholarship winner maintains a 3.2 grade point average, and remains in the declared major specified above, the scholarship may be renewed for a total of four years or the completion of a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first.
More information and application packet: Here. Deadline: January 31
**Fall 2022 Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarships: Since 1988, Children’s Cancer Connection has focused on connecting families affected by childhood cancer by providing opportunities that encourage relationships and strengthen the community. The Ockenfels Family Foundation mission is to be a caring member of the childhood cancer journey, no matter where that journey takes an individual and their family.
Eligibility to apply for Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarships:
- The applicant must be directly affected by childhood cancer ( including individuals who currently have or have had cancer before age 18 or a sibling of that individual).
- The applicant must be within the Children’s Cancer Connection service area (living, treated or diagnosed in the state of Iowa).
- Applicants must attend an accredited two- or four-year institution (trade school, college or university).
More information and application: Here. Deadline: January 31
Grand Lodge of Iowa Masonic Scholarship: Scholarships of $2000 for seniors – selection based on academics, character and citizenship, communication skills, financial need and service and leadership to school and community. (Do not have to have Masonic affiliation). More information and application: Here. PDF application. Deadline: February 1
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Scholarships: $1000 Renewable scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to pursue a two-year or four-year degree in agriculture or agribusiness – must be the son/daughter of a Johnson County Farm Bureau member. More information and application: Here. Deadline: February 10
**Veridian Credit Union Scholarship: Veridian Credit Union Scholarship Program will award one $2,000 scholarship to any high school senior who will be an incoming freshman in the 2021-22 academic year and is enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or vocational program.
- Entrants must have a Veridian account established in their own name and be a member in good standing at Veridian.
- Veridian staff, directors and their immediate relatives are not eligible.
More information and application: Here. Opening November 2021
Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarships: Scholarships for seniors planning a career in an area of the newspaper industry. Information and application: Here. Deadline: February 11
**Mediacom World Class Scholarship: Just like most American families, the Mediacom family believes in the importance of higher education. As a corporation with strong community roots, we wanted to support, in some way, the higher education of our customers. For this reason, we formed World Class – The Mediacom Scholarship Program to help graduating high school students with their college expenses, such as tuition and books. More information and application: Here. Deadline February 15.
**Free Speech Essay Contest: Open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending high school overseas.
Scholarship Prizes: One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, three $1,000 third place prizes and four $500 prizes will be awarded.
More information and application:Here. Deadline: February 15
Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship: Awards $2,000 college scholarship to 30 Iowa high school students each year. All participants experience two online tools to help them understand ways to reduce borrowing to pay for college and receive emailed tips on planning and paying for college. More information and application: Here. **A City High Student was a recipient last year!! Registration Open Nov. 1, 2021–March 11, 2022
GreenState Scholarship Opportunity: Entrants must be a GreenState member “in good standing” prior to submitting a scholarship entry form. Note: Entrants must be the primary owner of a GreenState account to qualify for consideration. Membership of a parent or guardian of the entrant is not sufficient.
- Entrants must complete and sign the official entry form.
- Entrants must submit an official high school transcript.
- Entrants must submit one letter of recommendation.
- Entrants must write an original essay up to 500 words on the following topic:
- Tell us about your volunteer experience and why it is important to you.
More information and application: Here. Deadline: February 28
Black History Month Scholarship: Principal Financial Group® is inviting high school students in the U.S. to participate in the EVERFI Black History Month Challenge, a first-of-its-kind national scholarship competition to inspire students and spark critical conversations. The challenge runs through the month of February and was created by EVERFI, an innovator in social impact education, to help students in grades 9-12 understand the Black experience through perspectives, successes, and struggles. Students will complete four digital lessons and compete in a capstone essay contest, in which they’re invited to share a plan for fostering conversation about Black history in their communities year-round. EVERFI will award a total of $20,000 in scholarships to three winners of the challenge. More information and application: Here. Deadline: February 28
High School Prevention Magazine Scholarship: High School Prevention Magazine offers a scholarship to high school seniors who write the best essay on preventing abuse. More information and application: Here. There is no DEADLINE to submit the essays! We accept essay submissions year-round!
**Hills Bank Leadership Grant Application: Open to current high school juniors in eastern Iowa, this program offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills and earn a 4-H Scholarship. You do not need to be a current Iowa 4-H member to apply for the Leadership Scholarship program. For current High School Juniors- Hills Bank Leadership Grant, applicants will also need 2 letters of recommendation from either a community member, employer, or volunteer and from a school teacher or academic advisor. Within the application is a section to send the request to each reference for a letter to be submitted on your behalf. Please begin your application in a timely fashion to give your references time to submit their letter. More information and application: Here. Deadline: March 1. Helpful Tips Here.
Grand Lodge of Iowa Masonic MCEC Technical Scholarships: Scholarships for seniors who plan to enroll in a mechanical or technical course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College. Selection is based on academics, character and citizenship, communication skills, and financial need. More information and application: Here. Deadline: March 1
Iowa United Methodist Foundation scholarships: Iowa United Methodist Foundation has over 100 scholarships available for the 2021-2022 school year. There are scholarships specifically for graduating high school seniors, general scholarships for students going to non-Methodist colleges, scholarships for students going to United Methodist colleges and seminary scholarships designated for individuals following the call to join the ministry. Information and application: Here. Deadline: March 1
**Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation Scholarship: Applicants must be committed to pursuing automotive-related studies at a two- or four-year post-secondary institution and must demonstrate satisfactory performance in those studies. Information and application: Here. Deadline: March 1
Iowa Masonic Foundation Academic Achievement Scholarships: Ten $1,000 academic scholarships and scholarships for students planning to pursue Industrial Arts/Technology/Trade careers in college. More Details and Scholarship Application: Here. Deadline: March 2
Rotarians Supporting Women Scholarship: The Rotarians Supporting Women Committee was established in 2016 within the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club. It is our hope that the recipient of this scholarship will use the opportunity-for post-high school education, to develop new skills that can be used to live the ideal characteristics of Rotary.
Eligibility- To be eligible to apply, an applicant must be a woman who wishes to continue her education. Students must be planning to attend an accredited trade, vocational, secondary school, college or university. Applicants must be a Johnson County resident at the time of application, and will be attending a school or program in Iowa. While this is open to all people, strong preference will be given to those pursuing vocational and/or trade programs. There will be no discrimination in the selection of the recipient with respect to race, religion, creed, color, or Rotary membership of relatives. Information and application: Here. Deadline: March 7
**Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative Scholarship: The Eastern Iowa REC scholarship program includes 21 $1,000 scholarships. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student whose parents or guardian is a member of the Cooperative and who plans to major in accounting. Five $1,000 scholarships, one from each district, are awarded to students planning to pursue a trade-related degree at a community college, technical school or power line school. More information and application: Here. Deadline: March 11
**Emma Nugent Memorial Scholarship (ONLY for City High Seniors): Emma Nugent embodied a positive attitude and support of others. Whether it was on the volleyball court, in band, academics, youth group, ambassadors, or tennis she always had a can-do positive attitude and supported everyone around her. She was always willing to help out whether it was leaf-raking with her youth group, peer-mentoring in volleyball practice, section leading for the flutes, helping a classmate with an assignment, and so much more. Emma was there for people in need and was a very loyal friend with a level head on her shoulders. She was the one her peers went to for solid advice. Her days were packed and full with fun, sports, music, art, youth group, service, and academics. These are all words that described who Emma was as a person.
- High effort
- Service to school/community Musical
More information and application can be found here. Deadline has been extended to March 20.
**First Friday Breakfast Club (FFBC) Scholarship: FFBC awards annual scholarships to outstanding Iowa high school seniors who fight homophobia and educate their schools and/or communities about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) issues. Academic excellence, extracurricular activities and community involvement also factor into the awards. The scholarships are $3,000 each. The number of awards varies each year based on the number and quality of applicants and the funds available. Applicants must be Iowa residents.
More Details and Scholarship Application: Here. Deadline: March 15
**Ada Woo and William Ching Endowed Scholarship: This $1000 scholarship is a one-time award, designed to assist first-generation college/university students who are pursuing a degree in a STEM field. Applicants must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this scholarship:
- Be a senior at a Johnson County public high school
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Be a first-generation college student
- Plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university
- Plan to major in a STEM field
More information and application can be found here. Deadline: March 13
**First Baptist Church Scholarship: This $3,750 scholarship is a one-time award, designed to assist senior high school students who are pursuing a degree in Education from a post-secondary institution in the state of Iowa. Applicants must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this scholarship:
- A student must reside in and attend a high school in Johnson County
- Pursuing post-secondary education
- Majoring in education
- Attend a post-secondary institution in the state of Iowa
More Details and Scholarship Application can be found (scroll down) here. Deadline: March 13
The Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award is a $10,000 scholarship program for Iowa high school juniors. The program annually identifies and honors up to 15 Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish a project of their own choosing and design. Grades, test scores, essays and financial need are not evaluated. Each of the 15 finalists will receive a $1,500 cash award at the completion of the program. Four of those could earn an additional $10,000 scholarship each, for a total of $11,500! To be eligible for this award, applicants must be a U.S citizen, a junior in an Iowa high school or home schooled program in the spring of 2021, with a high school graduation date of spring, 2022. Students chosen for the 2021 Uncommon Student Class are required to be at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa between 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26 until 1 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2021. If you cannot attend, then you cannot receive the award. Students are required to give a presentation at the library and museum sometime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 23st, 2021. Special arrangements will be made in the event COVID-19 restrictions are still in place and may include virtual meetings on those dates. DO NOT APPLY IF YOU CANNOT BE AVAILABLE ON THOSE DAYS. More information and application: Here. Deadline: March 15
**2021 DPO Scholarship Application: The Iowa City Community Schools Districtwide Parent Organization Scholarship was established in 1954 in honor of Kate Wickham who taught in the Iowa City Schools from 1902 – 1939. Since then, students planning a career in teaching have been awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships. These scholarships are made possible by donations from Parent Teacher Organizations, individuals, or area groups, in honor of named individuals who have contributed to our schools. Generally, schools honor retiring teachers and staff or outstanding volunteers. The dollar amount and number of scholarships awarded depends on the number of honorees. Recently we have awarded scholarships ranging from $600 to $1000 to two to eight students. At the Scholarship Reception on April 14, we will honor both the seniors winning scholarships and the honorees.
More information and application: Here. Deadline: March 18
- Seniors attending high school in the Iowa City Community School District (graduating 2021)
- Plan to pursue a college education to teach in K-12 schools
**The Kearns-Cooper family Scholarship: The Kearns-Cooper family Scholarship is an annual $2000 scholarship that is renewable for up to 4 years. The scholarship is available to seniors who are planning to enroll in accredited colleges or universities. Students need to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 while receiving the scholarship. More information and application: Here.
Deadline: March 22
**The Mary and Moriah Reiman Scholarship: The Mary and Moriah Reiman Scholarship is awarded annually to a City High School, West High School or Liberty High School female senior student in memory of Mary and Moriah Reiman. Mary Reiman was an active member of the PEO Sisterhood through which this scholarship is administered. Moriah, her daughter, was a graduate of West High School. Both died as a result of an automobile accident in 2005. For the 2021-22 academic year, the scholarship will be awarded to assist the student with her education beyond high school at a two or four-year college and will be in the amount of at least $1,000. It will be paid to the school in the second semester.
**Scholarship Application - Altrusa Club of Iowa City: The Altrusa Club of Iowa City has been providing scholarships for nearly 40 years and this year we are pleased to note that we will be awarding at least 4 - $1,000 scholarships for young women who are seeking to further their education after high school. This application is open to those attending high school in Johnson County, Iowa and Clear Creek/Amana High School. Applicants must complete the form and provide the necessary materials as noted, including 3 letters of recommendation with at least one from a school administrator, teacher/faculty or coach and one from a community figure as outlined in the information. More information and application Here. Deadline: March 25.
The Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship: The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Rock Island Post, has a scholarship trust fund to encourage and support talented students in their pursuit of careers in engineering and the physical sciences. One-year scholarships will be awarded at the $1,000 level to a combination of graduating high school seniors and student members of the University of Iowa SAME Student Post. SAME will award the scholarships to the students who best fit the criteria. More Information and application: Here. Deadline: March 25
**Reynold C. Hentges Memorial Scholarship: Each year, the Chapter selects up to two individuals to receive a one-time $1000 scholarship. Applicants must be a resident of Iowa and have been accepted to or enrolled as either an online or resident student in a nationally or regionally accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. Applicants must major in a field of education promoting a career in one of the following professions or area of study: Fire Service, Fire Science, Law Enforcement, Law, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Protection Technology or Insurance.
More information and application: Here. Deadline: March 30
SFM Foundation Scholarship: The SFM Foundation/Kids Chance provides scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota or Iowa' employers. Scholarships are awarded up to a maximum of $10,000 a year, and are renewable for two years for a 2-year program, and up to 5 years for a bachelor’s degree. More information and application: Here. Deadline: March 31
**The Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS Scholarship: The Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS® (ICAAR) Scholarship Foundation is happy to announce the opening of applications for the 2022 ICAAR Community Service Scholarship Program. We have designated $4,000 to be awarded in the form of one $2,000, one $1,000 and two $500 scholarships to be awarded to graduating seniors at high schools within the ICAAR service area (Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Washington and Muscatine Counties). The student must attend school in one of the aforementioned counties. More information and application: Here. Deadline: April 1
**Marine Corps League Scholarship: The Cedar Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League is pleased to offer a $500 Scholarship for the 2022 - 2023 school year. The applicant or the applicant’s sponsoring relative must be eligible for regular membership in the Marine Corps League. The sponsoring relative may be a parent, sibling or grandparent. This includes step-parents, step siblings and step grandparents.
More information and application: Here. Deadline: April 1
CNA Free Training Scholarship: CNA Free Training provides free training materials for those preparing to take the CNA exam, which is a requirement in order to become a licensed CNA. We have free practice tests for each section of the CNA exam, as well as supplemental training materials that can be used while taking CNA classes – all of which are free. Information and application: Here. Deadline: April 2
Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship: In honor of former Iowa State University basketball player Brian Pearson, who died of brain cancer in the fall of 1997, the Iowa Games began awarding the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship in 1998. One $1,000 scholarship annually will be awarded to one male and one female Iowan. Throughout the selection process, the degree of participation in the Iowa Games will be given consideration, as well as the applicant’s display of character. Eligible recipients for the 2021 scholarship are those students who will be in their junior or senior year of high school during the 2020-2021 school year. More Details and Scholarship Application: Here. Deadline: April 4
LULAC Scholarship: LULAC Councils will award scholarships to qualified Latino students who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in accredited colleges or universities in the United States. Awards start at $250. Awards of $500 and under are disbursed on July 15th; awards over $500 are disbursed in two equal payments on July 15th and January 15th. All awards are sent to the local LULAC Councils for distribution to recipients. Scholarships may be used for the payment of tuition, academic fees, room, board, and the purchase of required educational materials & books. A student may not accept more than one LNESC-sponsored scholarship award in a given academic school year. More Details and Scholarship Application: here. Deadline Extended: April 14.
Matt Bertell Memorial Scholarship: The Bertell family is pleased to announce a scholarship in Matt Bertell’s name. Matt Bertell was born and raised in Iowa City. Matt graduated from West High School in Iowa City in 2016. Matt loved bowling and bowled all 4 years of high school on the West High bowling team. After graduation from West High, Matt went on to the University of Iowa, where he was a Sport Management Major, and also bowled competitively on the University of Iowa Bowling Club team.
The Scholarship will be awarded annually, with at least one $1,000 award, or two $500 awards (to multiple recipients). Additional scholarship awards will be presented any year when additional funds are available for distribution. The scholarship award decisions will be made and communicated by May 3rd each year, with tuition payments made directly to the attending institution(s) that fall (August/September), before the tuition payments are due. Additional information is available here and the scholarship application is available here.
Deadline: April 30
2021 ArtShare Scholarship: The ArtShare Scholarship supports the development of outstanding high school students who excel in the arts and who plan to pursue educational programs leading to a career in the arts. This includes, but is not limited to, Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Design, Jewelry and Metal Arts, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Veridian will award one $2,000 scholarship.
- The ArtShare Scholarship is open to any high school student classified as a senior, with a projected graduation date of 2021 and planning to attend an accredited undergraduate or vocational program.
- Applicants must have an account established in their own name and be a member in good standing at Veridian Credit Union.
- Veridian Credit Union staff and directors and their immediate relatives are not eligible.
Information and application: Here.
Deadline: April 30
**2022 DREAM Iowa Scholarship: The DREAM Iowa Scholarship was established in 2018 and is proudly granted by DREAM Iowa Inc. (501c3). This scholarship is to provide monetary support for immigrant students pursuing higher education. The principal requirements for the DREAM Iowa scholarship are that the student be a high school senior or enrolled in college, demonstrate the spirit to overcome adversity and commitment to our immigrant community. More information and application: Here. Deadline: May 1
**Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship: $5000 scholarship for students planning to attend the University of Iowa. Eligibility criteria includes you must be of Protestant faith, resident of the state of Iowa, and plan to attend the University of Iowa as a full time student. Selection also includes excellent academics, leadership, and character. Short essay questions and submission of FAFSA is required. Application is available here. Deadline: May 2
PB&J Scholarship: The PB&J Scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.
Examples of personal challenges include, but are not limited to:
- Medical issues
- Peer issues: bullying, change of school, minority status, etc.
- Family issues: divorce, death, lack of income, homelessness, foster care, abuse, etc.
More details and information: Here. Deadline: May 31
Family and Consumer Science Scholarship
This scholarship is for graduating seniors who plan to pursue a four-year Bachelor degree program of study in any area of Family and Consumer Science (may include study in Family and Consumer Science area at a community college).
More details and application:Here.
Deadline: June 1
Catherine McAuley Scholarship: The Catherine McAuley Scholarship program at Mt. Mercy University offers free tuition to Iowa students whose family income is $50,000 or less annually. The scholarship helps cover tuition costs (and future tuition increases) and is renewable for all four years. More Details and Scholarship Application: Here. Deadline: June 30
**The Iowa PGA Foundation – Charlie Burkhart Scholarship: A $1500 scholarship per year for four years. Selection is based on interest and activity in golf, potential for future contributions to golf, leadership skills/community involvement, academic/professional abilities, and financial need.
Application is available Here. Deadline: June 18
General Scholarship Resources
There are numerous Scholarship Search programs and resources. **You should never pay to apply for a scholarship.**
- College Board- The program guides juniors and seniors through the college planning process and offers the chance to earn scholarships, from $500 to $40,000, for every action that students complete.
- Iowa College Student Aid Commission
- ICAN (Iowa College Access Network)
- Big Future
- Student Scholarships
- 60+ College Scholarships for Minority Students
- Fastweb- Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships, colleges and more for you.
- Going Merry- A free, one-stop scholarships platform. It matches you with scholarships and then helps you apply directly. It has both local and national scholarships and you can bulk-apply for multiple scholarships, which share similar essay prompts, using one application.
- Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation-Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
- Chegg- A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
- Cappex- A free website where you can learn which colleges you want, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
- Scholarships.com-A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
- American Indian Fund-Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
- Dell Scholars-Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
- Reagan Foundation Scholarships-Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.
- The NSHSS Foundation- The NSHSS Foundation fosters the growth of students pursuing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), business, economics, public policy, and environmental science and sustainability fields. Through special programs, including the NSHSS Honor Society, the NSHSS Foundation connects young scholars with additional opportunities to advance their education, personal growth and career interests.
- Scholly- A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college.