Scholarships are added as they come into our office. Please look closely at the due date. Scholarships will be removed from the website once the due date has passed.
College Raptor is offering $2500 in scholarships to students that visit their website. Please go to www.collegeraptor.com/2500 for more information.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards offers a number of scholarships and awards. Please go to the following websites for more information: https://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/how-to-enter/ and https://www.artandwriting.org/scholarships/scholarships-special-achievement-awards/
Iowa Student Loan offers several free college college funding opportunities. There are two programs with remaining availability dates.
- Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship. Open to Iowa high school seniors who will attend college in fall 2020. Awards 30 $2,000 college scholarships plus $250 to each recipient's high school. www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SeniorScholarship Application dates available: October 15, 2019 - February 21, 2020
- College Funding Forecaster Giveaway. Open to Iowa high school seniors attending college in fall 2020 and their parents or guardians. Awards 10 $1,000 awards sent directly to each students' college for fall 2020. www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Giveaway Application dates available: March 16 - April 30, 2020
Do you plan on a career in Journalism? The Iowa Newspaper Foundation (INF) has college scholarships available to students preparing for a newspaper career. The application process is entirely online and can be accessed on the INA website. Deadline is February 14, 2020.
Do you work at Hy-Vee? Hy-Vee offers 90 $1,000 scholarships to students seeking a 4-year degree. Look here for more information. Deadline February 28, 2020.
GreenState Credit Union Members - GreenState Credit Union will award up to six $1,000 non-renewable college scholarships to GreenState members who plan to attend an accredited college or university as full-time, first-year students. Qualified students planning to attend a community, trade, or technical college will be considered. In addition to each Give & Grow Scholarship awarded, GreenState will donate $1,000 to a non-profit organization of the scholarship winner’s choosing. Entrants must complete and sign the official entry form, submit an official high school transcript, submit one letter of recommendation, and 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 the entry form are available here. Deadline is February 28, 2020
JUNIORS - Hills Bank has established a permanent scholarship endowment, which now provides twenty $1,000 grants for high school seniors to attend any accredited Iowa college, university, or community college. Applicants apply during their junior year in high school and must attend at least nine hours of leadership training during their senior year in order to qualify for the award. Students must reside or attend school in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, or Washington counties in Iowa. Applicants do not need to be 4-H members. More information for the Hills Bank Leadership Grants are available here and the application can be found on the Iowa 4-H Foundation web page. Note that you will need to create an account on the site to apply. Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PM, March 1, 2020 for consideration.Iowa Farm Bureau Federation will award $1,000 renewable scholarships to high school and college students working toward a two-year or four-year undergraduate degree in agriculture or agribusiness. The scholarship can help cover tuition only. Applicants must be the son or daughter of an Iowa Farm Bureau member; accepted or enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college; and working toward a degree in an occupational area of agriculture and/or agribusiness. To learn more or to access the application visit www.IowaFarmBureau.com or visit your local County Farm Bureau office. More information is available here. Deadline: March 1, 2020The Johnson County Farm Bureau/IFBF Scholarship 2020 is available to children of Johnson County Farm Bureau members. A fillable pdf application is available here. Applications are due by March 1, 2020.
The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education will award scholarships of $2,500 each in the spring of 2020. Applicants must be committed to the pursuit of automotive-related studies, such as technician training, body shop/collision repair, diesel, new vehicle sales, parts sales, accounting, or business administration. Excluded from consideration are those whose parent is the designated dealer principal of a car or truck dealership. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to attend an Iowa college or university. More information and the application form are available here. Applications must be received at IDA headquarters by 5:00pm on March 2, 2020.
The Freddy Miranda Access Scholarship is awarded to five Iowa high school seniors, whose high schools and chosen colleges are members of Iowa ACAC (West High is a member). Freddy Miranda was someone who was giving of his time, cared for others, and had a desire to improve the world. To apply for this scholarship students must: be from the state of Iowa and attend an Iowa ACAC member high school; be a graduating senior with plans to attend postsecondary education; enroll in full-time study at a postsecondary Iowa ACAC member institution; and demonstrate involvement in high school, the community, or service to others with a desire/motivation to complete their educational program. Special consideration will be given to students from underrepresented populations, who are first generation, and/or demonstrate financial need. Although not required, it is highly encouraged that students also include a letter of recommendation from a school counselor, teacher, employer, or advisor. Winners will be invited to attend the annual ACAC LEAP conference on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Apply here. Deadline is March 4, 2020.
2020 DPO Scholarship for Future Teachers - The Iowa City Community Schools Districtwide Parent Organization (DPO) Scholarship was established in 1954 in honor of Kate Wickham, who taught in the Iowa City Schools from 1902 to 1939. Students planning a career in teaching have been awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships. The dollar amount and number of scholarships awarded depends on the number of honorees and quality of applications. Recently, DPO has awarded scholarships ranging from $600 to $1,000 to two to eight students. Seniors attending high school in the Iowa City Community School District who will graduate in 2020 and who plan to pursue a college education to teach in K–12 schools are eligible to apply. Applications are due by March 9, 2020.Altrusa International of Iowa City, Inc. is currently taking applications for higher education scholarships. Altrusa has been offering scholarships for over 40 years and will award six $1,000 scholarships to six young women selected from Johnson County High Schools this year. Each applicant needs to complete the attached form and note any financial needs that may impact their college goals, include a personal statement and a resume of activities (use this form), and 3 letters of reference as outlined in the attached information. Applicants should make sure to follow the specific directions addressed in the application notes. Missing materials will automatically disqualify the student from the selection process. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Applications may be submitted via email, dropped off in person, or mailed to the address noted on the application form
The 2020 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize is open to all students enrolled at high schools and colleges in the United States. Since 2009, students have written essays. This year, students have the option to write a podcast interview script or an essay to address how Emir Abdelkader's legacy can be applied today. Admired by President Lincoln, Emir Abdelkader represents a model statesman and humanitarian so important for creating understanding and balance in thinking about critical issues today. In 1883, The New York Times eulogized, "The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world." Exploring Abdelkader's legacy inspires dialog about Islam, confronting challenges, reconciling differences, creating healthy diversity and fostering respectful engagement between all people, Muslims and non-Muslims. High School Scholarships are $1,000 for first place, $750 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place. Find details at abdelkaderproject.org/
student-contest-2020. Entries are due March 15, 2020.JUNIORS! Are you working on a project that will improve our community, state or even the world? Apply for a Hoover Uncommon Student Award. In the spring of their junior year, Iowa high school students are invited to submit a project proposal and two letters of recommendation. Approximately 15 students are selected based on the ambitious nature of the stated project goal and detailed plans to reach that goal. Students work on their projects during the summer months. These finalists receive $1,500 after completing and presenting their projects. Three of these students are chosen to receive a $10,000 college scholarship. More infomation is available here. Applications are due by March 15th, 2020.The First Friday Breakfast Club (FFBC) is an educational, non-profit group for gay, bisexual, and transgender men. The FFBC awards $3,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership in efforts to increase education and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and reduce homophobia in their schools and/or communities. Applicants must be Iowa residents with plans to pursue post-secondary education. There is no restriction on the type or location of the educational institution where post-secondary education is pursued. Scholarships are awarded without regard to gender, race, religion, creed, marital or employment status, or sexual orientation. The application is available here and is due, with a transcript, by March 16, 2020.Mattress Advisor offers scholarships to students interested in studying or pursuing a degree in sleep science, feel passionately about their dreams, or are dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle, which starts by improving sleep quality. Applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester that they are applying to receive the scholarship. Domestic, international, online and undocumented students are welcome to apply. Applicants will submit a written piece exploring their personal relationship with sleep health and the impact it’s had on their education in an 800-1000 word essay. It should quote research from recent studies in this field and explain what resources are available to help reduce poor sleep health. Mattress Advisor will contact the winning applicant and their institution’s financial aid office to gift a $1000 check towards educational expenses. The scholarship is non-renewable. Proof of enrollment is required; a recent transcript, acceptance letter, or tuition bill are accepted. The application form is here. Deadline to apply is March 20, 2020.JUNIORS - The QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program seeks high-achieving high school juniors who come from families with a household income of less that $65,000 per year. High-achieving is defined in this case as: top 5 - 10% of class, 1280+ SAT or 27+ ACT (if taken), and leadership in extracurricular activities or community service. The program awards a scholarship to a summer program at a highly selective college (covering travel, tuition, room and board) and other awards and services. The application is available here. Brochures are availalbe in Guidance with more information. Applications are due March 24, 2020.The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) offers scholarships to students who intend to pursue careers in engineering and the physical sciences. Applicants must: live within a 100 mile radius of Rock Island, Illinois; be a U.S. Citizen; have at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale; be a graduating high school senior accepted at an accredited, 4-year engineering or science college; and have completed engineering prep and/or math and science curriculum in high school. More details and the complete application are available here. The application deadline is March 25, 2020.The Mary and Moriah Reiman Scholarship is awarded annually to a West High, City High, or Liberty High female graduate in memory of Mary and Moriah Reiman. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a young woman who has exhibited outstanding citizenship, scholarship, and concern for others throughout her high school years. 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. The scholarship will be at least $840.00, and will be awarded to the recipient's school in the second semester. Interested students should pick up an application packet in the Guidance Office. Applications are due by March 27, 2020.Quota International of Cedar Rapids is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help/support the hearing impaired. They are offering a scholarship in 2020 for high school students with a hearing disability. To apply, students should: complete all sections of the application form, include a transcript with the application form, and contact the three parties listed as references requesting them to send their letters of recommendation before the March 27, 2020 deadline. The application, transcript, letters of recommendation, and any other correspondence shall be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Deborah Schebler, Quota International of Cedar Rapids, 3129 Thorncrest Lane NE, Solon, Iowa 52333. Deadline is March 27, 2020.The Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS® (ICAAR) Scholarship Foundation is happy to announce the opening of applications for the 2020 ICAAR Community Service Scholarship Program. They 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 high school in one of the aforementioned counties. Applications and letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically via the link provided. Application information can also be found on icaar.org. Students chosen to receive scholarships will be asked to provide a school photo for use in press releases. Scholarships awarded through the ICAAR Community Service Scholarship Program are intended to be used for college education and expenses at any accredited college, university, community college, technical or trade school. Children of REALTORS®/members of ICAAR are not eligible to apply (separate scholarship opportunities are available). It is important to understand that determination of the relative merit of submitted applicants will be judged primarily on the information provided in the short answer section of the application. Although academic standing and extra curricular activities are important, they will not be the emphasis for this award. The primary focus will be on community involvement and service to others. This emphasis on community service mirrors the philosophy of the REALTOR® members who devote so many hours service to community and civic activities. We hope that these scholarships will encourage students to continue to seek opportunities to serve. Deadline March 27, 2020.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. The application is available at https://www.sfmfoundation.com/apply/ Applications are due by March 31, 2020.Acacia Fraternity at the University of Iowa is offering the Thomas H. Macbride Leadership Scholarship. The fraternity will give away up to $10,000 to deserving men who will be freshmen at the University of Iowa in the fall of 2020. The scholarships are awarded based on academics, human service, and extra-curricular activities. The application can be found here and upon completion should be emailed to email@example.com. Deadline is March 31, 2020.Golfers! Here are 2 scholarship opportunities:
Gatens Memorial Scholarship - The ICCSD Foundation annually administers two $400 scholarships to one senior student at City High School and one senior student at West High School. Scholarship recipients will be chosen for their athletic participation, good academic standing, community involvement, and citizenship. To be considered for the Gatens Memorial Scholarship, students must complete this application and have participated in athletic activities through their senior year. The application is due to the West High Guidance Office on or before April 3, 2020.The Doug Robertson Scholarship is available to a graduating senior from City or West High School whose health has presented additional challenges during high school. The $700 scholarship may be used by the student to continue their post-secondary education on a full- or part-time basis at a community college, technical school or four year college or university. The scholarship was established in memory of Douglas Robertson, a 1980 West High graduate, who passed away in May 2017. Doug survived a brain tumor while in high school, but was challenged all his life by the treatments that saved him. The application is due to the West High Guidance Office by April 3, 2020.The David and Rosalie Braverman Family Community Service Award - The ICCSD Foundation annually administers a $1,000 scholarship to one senior student at City High School, one senior student at West High School, and one senior student at Liberty High School who have excelled in the area of community service. To be considered for the David and Rosalie Braverman Family Community Service Scholarship, students must complete this application and include at least one letter of recommendation from an agency or organization for which you have participated in community service activities. A second letter of support is preferred but not required. The application and supporting materials must be returned to the West High Guidance Office on or before April 3, 2020.
- The IGAF awards a $2,000 Ann Griffel Scholarship to Iowa high school senior girls who have a passion for golf and intend to further their education at an Iowa institution of higher learning, whether a college, university or trade school. ONLINE APPLICATION & INFO: http://iowagolf.org/
scholarships/Deadline April 1, 2020.
- Any graduating high school senior and resident of the State of Iowa with experience or background in golf is eligible to apply for the IGAF - HERMAN SANI SCHOLARSHIP. Each recipient receives $8,000 ($2,000 per year) over a consecutive four-year period as long as the student is making reasonable academic progress. ONLINE APPLICATION & INFO: http://iowagolf.org/
scholarships/Deadline April 1, 2020.
Kanellis Memorial Scholarship Application - The ICCSD Foundation annually administers a $500 scholarship to one senior student at West High School who plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa in order to become a teacher. To be considered for the Kanellis Scholarship, students must complete this application and include at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or supervisor. A second letter of support is preferred but not required. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The application is due to the West High Guidance Office on or before April 3, 2020.
The Brian Cretzmeyer Music Scholarship is established in memory of Brian Cretzmeyer, a 1997 West High graduate and talented musician and artist who inspired others with his music. Funding for the scholarship is through the Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians, which is dedicated to providing access to quality music instruction for children, especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity. To be eligible for this $1,000 scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior planning to study music after high school and must also demonstrate need by either qualifying for free/reduced lunch while in high school or attach proof of their EFC (Expected Family Contribution) from the FAFSA with the scholarship application. Completed applications are due to the West High Guidance Office by April 3, 2020.
The Levy ICCSD Foundation 2020 “Growth Mindset” Scholarship, established by Steve and Barcey Levy, is a $500 award given to one or two graduating seniors at West High School who exemplify a “growth mindset.” Therse are students who have faced significant obstacles or barriers to learning, yet demonstrate a “growth mindset.” Students with a growth mindset believe in themselves as learners and put forth great effort to learn new concepts. Students with a “growth mindset” seek help from teachers and/or other supports (Success Center, AFT requests, peer tutors, etc.), when faced with challenges and roadblocks to learning and understanding. Students must be planning to pursue a post-secondary education (college/university, community college, technical/vocational programs). A committee convened by West High will review all applications and determine the award recipient(s). An interview may be requested. The application is available here. Completed applications are due to the West High Guidance Office by April 3, 2020.The Iowa Games has begun accepting applications for the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship. Each year the Iowa Games awards the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship of $1000 to one male and one female Iowan who have been involved in Iowa Games events in their lifetime. Applicants must be juniors or seniors during the 2019-2020 school year. The application requirements are available here. More information regarding the scholarship can be found online at https://www.iowagames.org/
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The Associated General Contractors of Iowa will be award two types of scholarships this spring to Iowa high school seniors. The first is Diesel Technology. Five (5) $1000 scholarships will go to to Iowa high school seniors planning on entering a Diesel Technology Program at a community college in the Fall of 2020. The second is Heavy Equipment Operation, Engineering Tech., General Construction. Five (5) $1000 scholarships will go to to Iowa high school seniors planning on studying heavy equipment operation, engineering technology, or general construction at a community college in the Fall of 2020. Application deadline is April 12, 2020The 2020 Student View Scholarship Program is offering one $5,000 scholarship. two $1,000 scholarships, and ten $500 scholarships. Go to www.student-view.com and complete a brief application survey about colleges in your area. Scholarships are available to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community college, or career school. Application deadline is April 22, 2020.The Matt Bertell Memorial Scholarship is in honor of West High graduate Matt Bertell. Applicants must be seniors who plan to attend further schooling at an accredited institution the fall after graduation. Preference will be given to students who bowled in high school, who plan to bowl competitively in college, students who plan to attend the University of Iowa, and/or students who have a diagnosis of, and/or experience, social difficulty and/or similar challenges. For more infomation, see the Foundation Facebook page or stop by the guidance office for an application. Deadline June 10, 2020.
The Iowa PGA Foundation offers an annual scholarship in memory of Charlie Burkhart. It is open to any graduating high school senior residing within the Iowa PGA Section or the state of Iowa. At least one high school graduate will be the 2020 recipient of $1,500 per year for four years at a college or university of their choice. Scholarship winners are selected based on their interest and activity in golf, the potential for future contributions to the game, leadership skills/community involvement, and then on their academic/professional ability and financial need. The application can be found here and must be mailed or emailed to the scholarship committee on or prior to June 19, 2020.