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.

    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 - February 21
    • 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

    Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) Scholarship - Multicultural students interested in attending Iowa State University are encouraged to apply for the MVP scholarship. To be eligible, students must be a resident of Iowa and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be admissable to Iowa State University; be American Indian or Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latinx, or Multiracial on the application for undergraduate admission, or who have participated in a federally funded Educational Talent Search or Upward Bound program; demonstrate financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and have faced personal and/or financial challenges or hardships. More information is available here. Deadline December 1, 2019.

    Iowa State University offers the Hixson Opportunity Award. This $18,000 award, to be used at Iowa State, assists students who have faced challenges of personal and/or financial hardship. Students must be residents of Iowa and be admissable to Iowa State University. Financial need will be reflected in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete application information is available here. The FAFSA is due by December 1, 2019 and the online Hixson Opportunity Award application is due by December 15. 2019. 

    The Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Ethics offers the Student of Integrity Scholarship of $2,500 to five high school seniors. This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate sound character and ethical decision making. Seniors interested in being nominated for this scholarship should contact their Guidance Counselor by December 19, 2019. 

    African American Seniors - The mission of the Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) is to advance higher education and improve the lives of public service-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans and to accelerate their progress into impactful leadership roles and opportunities. RBSP honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown, the late Secretary of Commerce, through a scholarship and leadership program which focuses on academic achievement, community service and career immersion for African American college bound high school seniors. The RBSP awards 20 or more new scholarships in the amount of $40,000 each year ($10,000 per year for 4 years) to talented high school seniors. More information is available hereSubmissions must be postmarked by January 9, 2020 to be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program. Application materials must be mailed in one packet. Transcripts and letters of recommendation should not be sent under separate cover. SAT/ACT scores must be included on the application at the time it is mailed. Incomplete, emailed or faxed applications will not be considered.

    Timberline Billing Service is offering scholarships to students who currently have an IEP or have had an IEP during their secondary education and who are applying to a formal education program beyond high school. For more infomation, please stop by the Guidance Office or email elise.stevens@timberlinebilling.com. Appplications must submitted by January 15, 2020.

    JUNIORS - The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school JUNIOR who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eilgible to apply. Coolidge Scholars are selected primarily based on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. More information and the application is available here. Deadline is 4:00pm Central time, January 16, 2020. 

    2020 Profile in Courage Essay Contest - Write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of John F. Kennedy's birth. Open to US high school students in grades 9 - 12 attending public, private, parochial, or home school. First place is $10,000 and second place is $3,000. Five finalists will receive $1,000 each, and eight semifinalists will receive $100 each. Complete guidelines are available here. Deadline is January 17, 2020.

    The Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M., will award scholarships to several high school seniors who will graduate in 2020 in the state of Iowa. The dollar amount will vary, but in 2019 sixty scholarships of $2,000 each and ten scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded. The scholarships are intended to assist graduating seniors in pursuing a post-secondary education in any state at an accredited institution which provides a two- or four-year college program. The scholarships may be used for any bona fide school-related expense such as tuition, fees, and books. Applicants need not have a Masonic connection, nor do race, creed, religion, color, sex, or national origin have any bearing on the selection process. Recipients are selected after completing a comprehensive written application and an indepth interview. The application must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2020 for the signed application and all supporting materials. 

    Do you work at Hy-Vee? Hy-Vee offers 80 $1,000 scholarships to students seeking a 4-year degree. Look here for more information. Deadline February 10, 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.

    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 Hills Bank Leadership Grants will be available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation web page https://iowa4h.awardspring.com beginning on November 20th.  Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PM, March 1, 2020 for consideration. 

    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. Entries are due March 15, 2020. Find details at abdelkaderproject.org/student-contest-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.
     
    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.