2020-21 General Scholarship Opportunities

  •  Newly added Scholarships are marked as ** (Listed by Month and Day of Due Date) 

     General Scholarship Search Resources can be found at the bottom of this list.


    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.  For more information, visit www.iowacollegeaid.gov/LastDollar  Deadline:  Ongoing Oct 1 thru August 1

    Horatio Alger Scholarship Program: Multiple scholarship programs offering scholarship assistance to seniors based on academic achievement, leadership and students who have overcome difficulties/obstacles. Information and application at:  https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/66358-Horatio-Alger-Association  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.  Information and application at: https://www.coca-colascholarfoundation.org/apply/ Deadline: October 31st


    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.  Information and application at:  https://spirit.prudential.com/awards/how-to-apply Deadline: November 10


    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 verification code prior to student applying.  Information and application at: https://www.nhs.us/students/the-nhs-scholarship/  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).  Information and application at: http://www.hixson.dso.iastate.edu/  Deadline: December 15

    AXA Achievement Scholarships: Scholarships for seniors – selection based on school and community service/volunteer and activity; leadership of a project that benefits others; has overcome personal challenges.

    Information and application at:  https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/axa-achievement-scholarship.html  Deadline:  December 15

    Iowa State University Engineering Scholarships: Variety of Engineering Scholarships for students planning to attend ISU.  Information at: www.engineering.iastate.edu/student-services/scholarships and https://www.engineering.iastate.edu/scholarships/first-year-students/  Deadline: December 15


    Profile in Courage Scholarship Essay Contest: Scholarships based on original student essays about political leaders who have demonstrated courage.  Information and application at: https://jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest  Deadline:  January 15

    Timberline Billing Services Scholarships: Scholarships for students who currently have, or have had, and IEP during high school and   are planning to pursue secondary education.  Information by email at:  elise.stevens@timberlinebilling.com  Deadline: January 15


    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).  Information and application at https://grandlodgeofiowa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2021GrnadLodgeofIAScholarshipApplication_FINAL.pdf   Deadline:  February 1

    **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 amember in good standing at Veridian.
    • Veridian staff, directors and their immediate relatives are not eligible.

    Information and application at: https://www.veridiancu.org/belong/community/scholarships  Deadline: February 7

     Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarships: Scholarships for seniors planning a career in an area of the newspaper industry.  Information and application at: https://inanews.com/foundation/scholarships/  Deadline:  February 12

    The Coolidge ScholarshipThe Coolidge scholarship is among America's most generous: a full-ride scholarship that covers a student's tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge can be used by recipients at any accredited U.S. college or university. More information, including the application, is available at https://coolidgescholars.org/Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Deadline: February 24

     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 if a Johnson County Farm Bureau member.  Information and application at:  https://iowafarmbureau.com/Member-Benefits/Iowa -Farm-Bureau-Scholarships  Deadline:  February 26 

    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.  Information and application at: www.iowstudentsloan.org/enter  Deadline:  February 26

    **Emma Nugent Memorial Scholarship: 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. 

    • Positive 
    • Kind 
    • Artistic 
    • High effort 
    • Engaged 
    • Leader
    • Selfless
    • Service to school/community Musical 
    • Loyal
    • Driven 
    • Competitive 

    More information and application can be found here. Deadline: February 28


    **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. Information and application at: https://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/index.cfm?nodeID=31466&audienceID=1 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 based on academics, character and citizenship, communication skills, and financial need.  Information and application at:  https://grandlodgeofiowa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2021MCECScholarshipApplication_FINAL.pdf  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 at: https://iumf.org/scholarships/ 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.  Information and application at:  https://www.icmasonicfoundation.org /scholarships/  Deadline:  March 2

    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.   Application will be available in the Guidance Office in January 2021. A pdf link will be added here when the forms are received.  Deadline:  March 2

    **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 April 15, we will honor both the seniors winning scholarships and the honorees.  

    More information and application: Here

    Deadline: March 8


    • 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 

    First Friday Breakfast Club (FFBC) Scholarship: FFBC awards annual scholarships to outstanding Iowa high 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.  Information and application at:  www.ffbciowa.org or in the Guidance Office when they become available.  Deadline:  March 15

    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. Information and application: https://hooverpresidentialfoundation.org/uncommon-student-award/

    Deadline: March 15

    **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.

    More Information and application can be found hereDeadline: March 26


    Doug Robertson Scholarship: Scholarship for a senior from City High or West High whose health has presented additional challenges during high school.  May be used to continue your education as four-year, two-year, or community/technical school.  Application will be available in the Guidance Office in January 2021. A pdf link will be added here when the forms are received.   Deadline:  April 3

    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: https://www.iowagames.org/brian-pearson-memorial-scholarship/ Deadline: April 5

    **Performance Therapies Scholarship Application: Performance Therapies will award one $300 scholarship to a college bound high school senior planning a career in the medical/health field.  More Details and Scholarship Application can be found here.  Deadline: April 15

    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 that 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 at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Charity-Organization/Matt-Bertell-Memorial-Scholarship-108524503825856/ 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 at: https://www.veridiancu.org/belong/community/scholarships

    Deadline: April 30


    Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship: $5000 scholarship for students planning to attend the University of Iowa.  Eligibility criteria includes must be of Protestant faith, resident of the state of Iowa, and plan to attend as a full time student.  Selection also includes excellent academics, leadership, and character. Short essay questions and submission of FAFSA is required.  Application will be available in the Guidance Office in January 2021. A pdf link will be added here when the forms are received.  Deadline:  May 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.  Information and application at:  www.mtmercy.edu/free-tuition  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 in the Guidance office or here. Deadline: June 18

    General Scholarship Resources

    There are numerous Scholarship Search programs and Resources.  Those listed below are just a few of the programs City High counselors and students/families have worked with.