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.  

    The Last Dollar Scholarship is a state-funded program that pays tuition and mandatory fees for hundreds of programs 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. New high school graduates who enroll in a qualified program of study full-time for the fall immediately following high school graduation, apply for all other available state and federal grants and scholarships, and meet ongoing requirements are eligible. For more information, visit www.iowacollegeaid.gov/LastDollar.

    The Guided Pathway Support Program is now accepting applications from the Classes of 2021 and 2022. The Guided Pathway Support Program (GPS) is a free college access program that empowers African-American high school juniors and seniors through the college application process by providing the inspiration and information needed to reach their best-fit colleges. Eligible applicants must: identify as African-American, have a strong academic record (no minimum GPA requirement), be a current/rising high school junior or senior, and have demonstrated leadership and active involvement in school or in the community. Apply at rbsgps.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  

    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/

    Members of Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative - This rural electric disribution cooperative has several scholarships available to members. Some are for students who will attend a four-year college or university or community college, and others are for students who will pursue a trade-related degree. One scholarship will be awarded to a student who plans to major in accounting. Additional information is available here and the scholarship application is available here. The deadline for all applications is March 13, 2020.

    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-2020Entries 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 information and the application are available here. Applications are due by March 15th, 2020
     
    Iowa Student Loan offers several free college college funding opportunities. There is one program with remaining availability dates. The College Funding Forecaster Giveaway is 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
     
    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 hereDeadline to apply is March 20, 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 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. Membership in Acacia is NOT required. 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 iowa20@acacia.org. Deadline is March 31, 2020.
     
    Paragon IT Professionals invites high school seniors to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. Funds are available for students graduating from an Iowa high school with plans to pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa university or college. Paragon is now accepting applications for students graduating in the spring of 2020. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: the applicant must be an Iowa resident and high school senior graduating in the 2019-2020 school year. A minimum 3.0 high school grade point average (4.0 scale) is required. The applicant must plan to enroll as a full-time student and pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa college, university or community college.  Applicants must complete the online application form, provide a high school transcript (can be submitted online), provide two letters of recommendation (can be submitted online by reference), and write a goal statement (max. 500 words) that best describes the applicants' future career aspirations. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.
     
    Golfers! Here are 2 scholarship opportunities:
    • 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.
     
    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. 

    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.” 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. 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). 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/brian-pearson-memorial-scholarship/. Applications are due April 6, 2020.
     
    Students enrolling in Career and Technical Education programs for fall 2020 are encouraged to apply for the Horatio Alger Association Career and Technical Education Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is open to students who are graduating from high school in spring 2020, are enrolling in a 2-year or less career or technical degree/certificate program at a non-for-profit institution, have demonstrated financial need/Pell Grant eligible, and are a U.S. citizen. Application information is available here. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2020.
     
    The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association Women’s Council will again award one or more scholarships during 2020. The number and amounts depend on the quality of applicants. Typically, the scholarships go to graduates planning to enter the skilled trades arena, Architecture-Construction-Engineering or other fields associated with home building. The application is available here. Deadline is April 17, 2020.
     
    The Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship - Students planning to attend the University of Iowa and who are a resident of Iowa and a member of the Protestant faith are invited to apply for the Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship. This $5,000 scholarship is paid in installments of $2,500 at the beginning of each semester, and sent directly to the University of Iowa Office of Financial Aid. The application is availalbe here. The application and supporting materials are due by May 1, 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.

    Zippia is a job research site with career pathway information. They offer one annual "Dream Job" Scholarship, which will be awarded in January 2021. Apply at https://www.zippia.com/research/scholarship/ . The application is open now and the deadline to apply is December 31, 2020.