Scholarships

  • 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.

    StudentScholarships.org offers information about several national scholarships that are awarded to students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. The scholarships listed in this document have deadlines ranging from January 31st to March 30th, 2021. 

    Optimist International is sponsoring an essay contest to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country, or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a $2,500 college scholarship. This year's topic is "Reaching your dreams by choosing optimism." Interested students must contact their local Optimist Club or an At Large Program.  (Iowa District will hold an At Large Contest.) Applicants must be under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020. Interested students should contact Bob or Theresa Dunkin at theresadunkin@gmail.com. Deadline will be early February.

    The Grand Lodge of Iowa is offering up to 60 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to Iowa Public High School Seniors graduating in 2021. The principal criterion for these scholarships is service to school and community with special emphasis upon leadership roles in these areas. The Grand Lodge of Iowa is looking for those students who exhibit the greatest potential to be not only of service to their communities in the future but also leaders in these communities. An applicant’s academic record, communication skills, and need for financial assistance are also carefully considered as is an evaluation of the applicant by a school official. The organization, appearance, and completeness of the application are also factors considered by the selection committee. From all the applications received, the Scholarship Selection Committee will select a number of finalists who will be asked to appear before the committee for a personal interview. These interviews will be conducted via Zoom Video Conferencing. Upon completion of the interviews, the committee will then select those who will receive scholarships. Public high school seniors who feel they meet the criteria for eligibility and selection are invited to apply. The application is available here. Applications must be postmarked by February 1st, 2021.

    The ARMY ROTC program offers scholarships for students who plan to attend a four-year college and who wish to make a commitment for service in the Army. Information about how to apply for an Army ROTC scholarship is available here, and the deadline is February 4th, 2021. The University of Northern Iowa is one school for which these scholarships are applicable and they have provided information about their Army ROTC program. 

    Mediacom World Class Scholars - These $1,000 scholarships are intended to help students with upcoming college expenses. The selection of scholarship recipients is based on Academic Achievement, demonstrated by high school grade point average information (GPA) of at least 3.0; and Leadership based on self-reliance, initiative, problem-solving and creative ability in school and out, as reflected in the applicant’s personal essay. Particpation in school or community activities is also considered. Two letters of reference are required. More informaton and the application are available here. Deadline is February 15th, 2021.

    The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, through its Education and Research Fund, is pleased to announce the creation of a scholarship program for graduating Iowa high school seniors and recent graduates. Each $1,000 scholarship will be distributed to the student. To apply, candidates must fill out and submit the scholarship application. A minimum of four scholarships will be awarded. IAMU will announce the award recipients by May 1, 2021.  To be eligible for consideration, candidates must:

    • Live in a residence that is a verified customer of an IAMU member or attend a high school that is a verified customer of an IAM member. If you are unsure whether your local area is an IAMU member, contact your city hall.
    • Be a 2021 graduating high school senior or have previously graduated from high school.
    • Be attending a post high school education program located in Iowa in the fall of 2021.

    Preference will be given to applicants entering a utility-related career with a special preference to applicants entering utility-related trades programs leading to careers in difficult to fill utility careers such as, as an example only, electric line worker, water treatment or distribution operator, or operator qualified natural gas positions. Applications are due February 15th, 2021 to scholarship@iamu.org

    Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships - Three awards of $10,000. To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a senior in high school in the United States. B) Have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Applications can be found by going to:https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/9544/vegetarian_resource_group_scholarships_scholarship.php  Deadline: February 20th, 2021

    Iowa Farm Bureau awards annual scholarships to students from across the state. To be considered, the graduating high school senior must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, be involved in extra-curricular activities and accepted into an accredited higher education institution, including community colleges and technical schools. To apply, students must demonstrate their leadership and community involvement and submit a typewritten essay detailing how they would use a scholarship award to support Iowa Farm Bureau’s mission of creating a vibrant future for agriculture, farm families and their communities. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here or contact the Iowa Farm Bureau Community Resources office at (515) 225-5461. All applications for the Iowa Farm Bureau scholarship must be typed and submitted to the appropriate county Farm Bureau office by February 26th, 2021

    The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship awards a $2,000 college scholarship to 30 Iowa high school students each year. More information is available here. Deadline is February 26th, 2021.

    The Better Business Bureau announces the 2021 Student of Integrity Award. This $2,500 scholarship is awarded to eight graduating seniors from Iowa. Only one application per high school is accepted. Interested West High seniors should complete this application, including an essay and letters of recommendation, and submit it to the Guidance Office by March 1st, 2021. Applications can be emailed to sundermann.amy@iowacityschools.org.

    The Iowa United Methodist Foundation offers thousands of dollars in scholarships every year to students who demonstrate academic and community excellence. Information on the individual scholarships and the application links are available here. Deadline is March 1st, 2021.

    The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education will award scholarships of $2,500 in the spring of 2021. 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. Students whose parent is the designated dealer principal of a car or truck dealership are excluded from applying. More information and the application are available here. Deadline is March 1st, 2021. 

    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. The scholarship is intended to honor Freddy’s memory by choosing scholarship recipients that embody similar qualities and characteristics. Students can apply HERE. Letters of recommendation from high school counselors or the like are encouraged. Special consideration will be given to students from underrepresented populations, who are first-generation, and/or demonstrate financial need. The deadline to apply for the Freddy Miranda Access Scholarship is March 1, 2021

    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. Information and applications for the Hill Bank Leadership Grants will be available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation web page https://iowa4h.awardspring.com beginning on November 20th.  A road map to success can be found at this web site https://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/en/funding_for_4hers/scholarships/ Look for the reference to the Hills Bank Leadership application. For questions regarding the Hills Bank and Trust Leadership Grants, please contact Mary Clancy, Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship Coordinator at clancy@iastate.edu or (712) 830-1321. Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PM, March 1st2021 for consideration.

    FOR CURRENT GRADE 7-12 STUDENTS, NOT FOR COLLEGE EXPENSES - The Witinok Advancing Science Education Award has been established to allow ICCSD secondary school students and science staff to continue learning and growing in their chosen area of science or to further the sustainability missions of their schools and surroundings. This award has been established in honor of Dr. Patricia Witinok, a retired North Central Junior High science teacher, who has been a lifelong learner and an advocate for sustainability in our schools. At least two awards of (approx. $250 – $750) will be made annually to fund or subsidize the science experience of Grade 7-12 students, to further the growth or education of Grade 7-12 science staff, or to support a secondary school project that furthers sustainability of the schools or surroundings in the ICCSD. THIS IS NOT A SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS CONTINUING ON TO COLLEGE. IT IS INTENDED TO FURTHER THE SCIENCE EXPERIENCES OF ICCSD STAFF AND THEIR STUDENTS WHILE THEY ARE ATTENDING ICCSD SCHOOLS, SO RECIPIENTS MUST BE A STUDENT OR STAFF MEMBER WHILE COMPLETING THE EXPERIENCE OR PROJECT. The award application is available here. Deadline is March 1st, 2021.

    2021 DPO Scholarship - 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. The dollar amount and number of scholarships awarded depends on the number of honorees. Recently, scholarships have ranged from $600 to $1000 to two to eight students. The scholarship is open to seniors attending high school in the Iowa City Community School District (graduating 2021) who plan to pursue a college education to teach in K-12 schools. The application is available here and must include: Cover page, List of Activities and Awards, Personal Essay (300-400 words), School Transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable), and a Reference from a teacher or mentor, who should submit the reference directly as an attachment to dposcholarship@gmail.com by March 9th.  Applications should be sent via email to dposcholarship@gmail.com by 7:00 pm, March 8th, 2021.

    The Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative offers scholarships to the children of members or employees of the Eastern Iowa Light and Power Co-op. The application is available here. Deadline is March 12th, 2021.

    JUNIORS! 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 about the application process is available here. Deadline is March 15th, 2021.

    First Friday Breakfast Club 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 and plan to pursue post-secondary education. There is no restriction on the type or location of the institution where post-secondary education is obtained. Scholarships are awarded without regard to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, transgender status, race, religion, marital status or employment status of the prospective recipient. The application is available here. Deadline is March 16th, 2021.

    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. The application is available here and must be accompanied by a transcript. Completed applications are due to the West High Guidance Office by March 26th, 2021.

    SFM Foundation scholarships may be used toward the costs of attending a two-year or four-year university, college or vocational school. To qualify, students must have a parent who was disabled or fatally injured 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. Additional details and the application are available here. Deadline is March 31st, 2021.

    Golfers! - There are two IGA Foundation scholarships available. The Ann Griffel Scholarship is a $2,000 award for senior girls who have a passion for golf and intend to further their education at an Iowa institution of higher learning. The Herman Sani Scholarship is for any graduating high school senior and resident of the State of Iowa with experience or background in golf. Each recipient receives $8,000 ($2,000 per year) over a four-year period. The applications are available here. Deadline is April 1st, 2021. 

    The following group of scholarships with an April 2nd, 2021 deadline are managed through the West High Guidance Office and require that students request an application via this Google form. Please read the descriptions carefully as there are specific eligibility requirements for each one.

    • 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 at Liberty High School who have excelled in the area of community service. To be considered for this scholarship, students must complete the 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.  Request an application here. Deadline April 2nd, 2021.
    • Brian Cretzmeyer Music Scholarship - This scholarship was established in memory of Brian Cretzmeyer, a 1997 West High graduate, who was a talented musician and artist who inspired others with his music.  Funding for this $1,000 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. Eligibility: 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.  Request an application hereDeadline April 2nd, 2021.
    • Gatens Memorial Scholarship - The ICCSD Foundation annually administers two $400 scholarships (one senior student at City High School, and one senior student at West High School). Graduating seniors will be chosen for their athletic participation, good academic standing, community involvement and citizenship. To be considered for Gatens Memorial Scholarship, students must complete the application and have participated in athletic activities through your senior year.  Request an application hereDeadline April 2nd, 2021.
    • ICCSD Administrator Association Scholarship is awarded to a West High senior planning to pursue a career in education.  Request an application hereDeadline April 2nd, 2021.
    • Kanellis Scholarship - 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 this 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. Request an application hereDeadline April 2nd, 2021.
    • Levy Growth Mindset Scholarship - The “Growth Mindset” Scholarship, established by Steve and Barcey Levy, is a $500 award given to graduating seniors (1-2) at West High School who exemplify a “growth mindset.” Students who demonstrate a “growth mindset” seek help from teachers and/or other supports (Tutor Express, Success Center, AFT requests, etc.), when faced with challenges and roadblocks to learning and understanding.  These students believe in themselves as learners and seek understanding. Students must be planning to pursue a post-secondary education (college/university, community college, technical/vocational programs). Request an application hereDeadline April 2nd, 2021.
    • Doug Robertson Scholarship - Awarded to a graduating senior from City or West High School whose health has presented additional challenges during high school.  The 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.  Request an application hereDeadline April 2nd, 2021.
    • The Robert Stack Scholarship is to be given to a West High School graduating senior who plans to attend the University of Iowa.  Amount of the award to be determined.  This award is based on academics, activities, volunteer/service, character, and future potential. Financial need will be a consideration.  Request an application hereDeadline April 2nd, 2021.

    Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship. Each year the Iowa Games awards the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship of $1000 each 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 2020-2021 school year. Application information is here. Deadline is April 5th, 2021.

    Performance Therapies is offering a $300 scholarship to a graduating senior who is considering a career in the medical field. The application is available here.  Deadline is April 15th, 2021

    The Bill of Rights Institute is offering the We the Students essay contest in which students are asked to discuss the relationship between the principles of equality and justice. To truly explore the question in an essay that is between 500 -800 words, students will need to go beyond "dictionary definitions," and express their understanding and reasoning about the connection between these two principles. This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty "big ideas." What does it take to understand them?  To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why is this relationship important? The sixteen student winners will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarship prizes. More details including rules and regulations can be found on this website. The deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2021. 

    The Andy Triplett Memorial/Balanced Man Scholarship is offered through the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Northern Iowa and is available to any male high school senior planning to attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2021. Over $1000 in scholarship money will be awarded to students. Applicants are not required to join the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity to receive any of the scholarships. More information is available at https://northerniowa.sigep.org/BMS/ Deadline is April 16th, 2021.

    The Matt Bertell Memorial Scholarship is in honor of West High graduate Matt Bertell. Matt loved bowling and bowled all four years of high school at West. He then went to the University of Iowa, where he majored in Sports Management and bowled competitively on the UI Bowling Club team. Applicants for this scholarship must be a senior in high school and graduating the same year as applying for this scholarship. They must also attend further educational schooling that same fall (August/September) after high school graduation, at an accredited institution. Preference will be given to students who (in no particular order):

    • Bowled competitively in high school, with additional preference if bowled for West High or City High in Iowa City.
    • Plan to bowl competitively in college (collegiate team - club or sanctioned).
    • Plan to attend the University of Iowa.
    • Have a diagnoses of, and/or experience social difficulty and/or similar challenges.

    The scholarship will be awarded annually, with at least one $1,000 award, or two $500 awards (to multiple recipients). More details and the application are available here.  Applications are due by April 30th, 2021

    The Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship for eligible students who will attend the University of Iowa. Each recipient must be: 1) of the Protestant faith, 2) a resident of the State of Iowa and 3) a full-time student at the University of Iowa. More information and the application are available here. The application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year is May 3rd, 2021.

    Children's Cancer Connection has focused on the mission of enhancing the lives of children and their families affected by childhood cancer. To qualify for Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarships the applicant must: 1) be directly affected by childhood cancer (including individuals who currently have or have had cancer before age 18 or a sibling of that individual), 2) live within the Children’s Cancer Connection service area (living, treated or diagnosed in the state of Iowa), and 3) attend or plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year institution (trade school, college or university). More information and the scholarship application are available here. Deadline for the fall 2021 semester is May 28th, 2021.

    The Iowa PGA Foundation offers an annual scholarship in memory of Charlie Burkart. At least one high school graduate will be the 2021 recipient of $1500 per year for four years at the college or university of their choice. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their interest and activity in golf, the potential for future contributions to the game, leadership skills/community involvement, then on their academic/professional ability and financial need. More infromation and the application are available here. The application is due no later than June 18th, 2021.