2020-21 General Scholarship Opportunities

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


    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).  More information and application: Here.  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 a member in good standing at Veridian.
    • Veridian staff, directors and their immediate relatives are not eligible.

    More information and application: Here Deadline: February 7

     Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarships: Scholarships for seniors planning a career in an area of the newspaper industry.  More information and application: Here.  Deadline:  February 12

    **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.

    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. More information and application: Here.  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. More information and application: Here.  Deadline:  February 26


    **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.

    Entry Requirements

    • 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 ScholarshipPrincipal 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 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.  More 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

    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

    **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 in respect to race, religion, creed, color, or Rotary membership of relatives. Information and application at: Here. Deadline: March 8

    **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: HereDeadline: 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 

    **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: Application and ResumeDeadline: March 12.

    **Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative Scholarship: The Eastern Iowa REC scholarship program includes 21 $1,000 scholarships. Last year, the “Bob Wiemerslage Memorial Scholarship” was added. 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. Fifteen scholarship winners will receive a $1,000 award, three in each Cooperative voting district, that can be used to help defray the costs of attending any accredited college or university.  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: HereDeadline: March 12

    **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 was changed to March 12

    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. More Details and Scholarship Application: Here.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. More information and application: HereDeadline: 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: Cover Letter, Application and Release form. Deadline: March 26

    **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 26

    **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


    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 5

     **Ada Woo and William Ching Endowed Scholarship: This $500 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 Details and Scholarship Application can be found hereDeadline: April 20

    **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 hereDeadline: April 20

    **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: hereDeadline 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 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

    **The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Eastern Iowa Professional Chapter Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 Scholarship ApplicationThe Eastern Iowa Professional chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is very excited to tell you that we are offering $8,000 worth of scholarships to college-bound high school seniors and current university students in the State of Iowa for the 2021-2022 academic year. We wanted to let you know that the application for this scholarship is available to students in your high school.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • College bound high school senior or current university students attending a university/technical school in the State of Iowa includes schools in Western Illinois part of the Quad Cities.
    • Pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math Is is need of financial assistance
    • Good academic standing- A GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale is desirable.

    More Information and Application can be found here. 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. 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 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.