The Gift That Keeps Giving

SoutheastPolk DFSLogo CMYKSoutheast Polk Dollars for Scholars® is part of a nationwide network of community-based scholarship foundations, 87 of which are in Iowa. It is a program of Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest non-profit private-sector scholarship and educational assistance organization.

Southeast Polk High School graduates have been receiving scholarships under the Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars program since 2001 — a total of almost $3.2 million has been awarded since then!

These scholarships are made possible by the contributions of the SEP community through the Black and Gold Gala in the fall, various golf tournaments, Southeast Polk Elementary Hat Day, Altoona HyVee 3% of receipts weekend, Southeast Polk Employees payroll deduction donations, and eatery fundraisers such as Pizza Ranch, Bianchi Boys, Culver’s, and Over the Top ice cream.
Thanks to all of you who supported these in an effort to contribute to the SEP Dollars for Scholars foundation!

Southeast Polk Class of 2020 receives $260,000 in scholarships!

On May 13, 2020, Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars awarded $260,000 in scholarships to Southeast Polk High School’s Class of 2020. A total of 202 graduating seniors received scholarships.

In addition – for the first time ever – a scholarship has been awarded to every student that completed an application.

The Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars Foundation, as well as hundreds of businesses, individuals and organizations in the Southeast Polk area make these scholarships possible each year. In addition, the organization holds community fundraisers throughout the year, with its primary fundraiser being the Black &  Gold Gala in October. This year’s scholarships would not have been possible without the support of our community or the Black & Gold Presenting Sponsors – Prairie Meadows, Polk County and Facebook.

In lieu of the annual Scholarship Recognition Night, scholarship recipients were announced on the Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars Facebook page with a special photo montage of all the seniors receiving a scholarship. In addition, scholarship recipients received a packet in the mail providing details on their scholarship.

To view a list of students awarded and the individuals, businesses and organizations that made the scholarships possible, please visit

Giving Tuesday: December 3rd 2019

On this Giving Tuesday, join us in raising funds for students in our community!

We believe in the power of a scholarship and we’re committed to providing local dollars for SEP students. This Giving Tuesday – a national day of philanthropy and nonprofit support, help us reach our goal of $2,000.  Click here to donate.

Students interested in Dollars for Scholars

Non-Southeast Polk staff member interested in donating

Southeast Polk employees interested in donating