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Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards provide up to $4,000 in educational grants to high school seniors. Recipients will be chosen based upon their academic achievements, community involvement, and their proficiency in a number of educational categories. These categories include: 

  • Business + Entrepreneurship
  • Community Service
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Green Sustainability
  • Healthcare + Science
  • Media + Entertainment
  • Public Service + Social Justice
  • Sports + Fitness
  • Technology

Applicants must display a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, must enroll at an accredited educational institution, be of hispanic heritage (including Spain, Brazil, and the Philippines), and be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under DACA. To learn more and apply, visit the Hispanice Heritage Foundation website.

Due date: November 14, 2021

 

Hixson Opportunity Award

The Hixson Opportunity award is a half-tuition scholarship valued at more than $18,000 to be used over the course of four years at Iowa State University. Christina Hixson and the Lied Foundation Trust present the Hixson Opportunity Award for students who display extreme financial need. One hundred high school seniors representing each county in the state of Iowa will be selected for this award. Applicants must have faced challenges of personal and/or financial hardship. Applicants must also be residents of Iowa and possess the potential to succeed. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by filing the FAFSA. Applicants must also apply for admission to Iowa State University by the scholarship deadline. To learn more and apply for this opportunity, check out the Hixson Opportunity Award site. 

Due date: December 15, 2021

 

H.S. Ostlin Memorial Scholarship

High school seniors who plan to attend Iowa State University are encouraged to apply for the H.S. Ostlin Memorial Scholarship. One scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman to Iowa State University. Applicants must complete the online scholarship application, file a 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and be offered admission to Iowa State University by January 3, 2022. Scholarship selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, and the applicant’s interest in pursuing an engineering career. The scholarship is worth $1,000 and is renewable for three additional years. Please visit the Iowa State University OneApp scholarship website for more information and access to the online application. 

Due date: January 10, 2022

2022-2023 FAFSA Priority Completion Deadline for scholarship: January 3, 2022. 

 

The Star Student Scholarship of Iowa

The Star Student Scholarship of Iowa seeks senior applicants who have received special education services while in high school. Applicants must plan to continue their education at a college or university after graduation. This one-time $2,000 award seeks special education students who have goals and aspirations for educational and personal success. To learn more and apply, visit the Star Student Scholarship of Iowa website

Due date: January 15, 2022

 

The Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa

The Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa seeks high school seniors who plan to study education at a college or university upon graduation. This one-time $2,000 award seeks graduating seniors who wish to earn a degree specifically in special education. To learn more and apply, visit the Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa website

Due date: January 15, 2022

 

University of Iowa Strayer-Rairden Scholarship

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa sponsors the Strayer-Rairden Scholarship for an incoming freshman student. The Strayer-Rairden Scholarship awards one $1,000 grant each year, which is renewable for up to three successive years. The person selected to receive the Strayer-Rairden Scholarship is chosen by the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy as the state’s best-qualified applicant. Applicants must declare physics or astronomy as their major. Scholarship selection is based upon academic merit and not financial need. Applicants must be from the state of Iowa, must have applied for admission to the University of Iowa, and must declare physics or astronomy as their major. Please contact Misty R. Lyon at (319) 335-3238 or misty-lyon@uiowa.edu to request a copy of the application.  

Due date: January 31, 2022

 

Masonic Scholarship

The Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. awards scholarships to high school seniors who wish to pursue a post-secondary education in any state at an accredited two- or four-year institution. The scholarships may be used for school related expenses, such as tuition, fees, and/or books. Applicants do not need to have a Masonic connection. The Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. seeks applicants who display school and community involvement as well as leadership positions within these areas. An applicant’s academic record, communication skills, and need for financial aid will also be considered. To learn more and apply for this scholarship opportunity, please visit Mrs. Fast in the counseling office to obtain a paper application. 

Due date: February 1, 2022

 

Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation awards twenty-seven $2,500 renewable scholarships to high school seniors interested in pursuing a two-year or four-year undergraduate degree in an ag-related field of study. Applicants must be the son or daughter of an Iowa Farm Bureau member. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior with a 2.5 minimum GPA who demonstrates leadership abilities and involvement in school and community services. Applicants must be accepted to an accredited college, university, or community college. Applicants must work to complete a degree in an occupational area of agriculture and/or agribusiness, such as Ag Production, Ag Products and Processing, Ag Business, Agricultural Research, Conservation and Natural Resources, Economics, Education, Environmental Systems, Forestry, Horticulture, Mechanization, and/or Nursing. To learn more and apply, visit the Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship site.

Due date: February 10, 2022

 

Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarships 

The Iowa Newspaper Foundation sponsors a variety of scholarship opportunities for Iowa students preparing for a career in media. This may include but is not limited to journalism, photojournalism, graphic design, marketing, and/or public relations. Scholarship awards typically range between $500 and $1,000. Check out the Iowa Newspaper Foundation website to learn more about the various scholarships offered. 

Due date: February 11, 2022

 

MCEC Technical Scholarship

The Masonic Charitable Educational Corporation offers the MCEC Technical Scholarships, otherwise known as the “Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarships.” The MCEC Technical Scholarships will be offered to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa community college. The scholarships may be used for school related expenses, such as tuition, fees, books, and/or tools. A Masonic connection is preferred but not required. An applicant’s academic record, communication skills, need for financial aid, and plans for the future will be considered. To learn more and apply for this scholarship opportunity, visit the MCEC Technical Scholarship site.  

Due date: March 1, 2022

 

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship

Iowa Student Loan will award 25 Iowa high school seniors with a $2,000 scholarship for their fall 2022 college expenses. Applicants must complete two online tutorials and a topic-related assessment in order to be considered for the scholarship. The 25 seniors with the highest scores on the assessment will each earn a $2,000 scholarship to be sent directly to their college or university. To register for this scholarship opportunity, check out the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship site to read the complete scholarship rules. 

Due date: March 11, 2022 

 

Prairie Meadows Scholarship

Prairie Meadows sponsors two $2,500 scholarships to current seniors. Applicants must be accepted to and plan to enroll as a full-time student (12 credit hours or more) in the fall of 2022 at an accredited Iowa university, community college, and/or trade school. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident for the past two or more consecutive years. Applicants must also possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applications for the Prairie Meadows Scholarship must be typed. The completed application must include two letters of recommendation. Due to their involvement in the scholarship selection process, the high school counselors CANNOT write one of these letters of recommendation. Seniors should seek another school faculty member for one of the letters of recommendation. Applicants must also complete three personal statements that span three paragraphs or more. A student resume must also be included. Applicants should display a commitment to community service within their resume and personal statements. Applicants must also submit a high school transcript and a digital photograph in jpeg form with their application materials. To learn more and access the application, visit the Prairie Meadows Scholarship site.  

To complete the student application for the Prairie Meadows Scholarship, access this fillable Prairie Meadows Scholarship form

*All completed Prairie Meadows Scholarship applications must be submitted to Kari Fast in the counseling office by the scholarship due date. Digital copies of the applicant’s photograph in jpeg format should be emailed to kari.fast@southeastpolk.org

Due date: April 1, 2022

 

Journey to Excellence Scholarship

The Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at the University of Iowa sponsors the Journey to Excellence Scholarship program for male high school seniors.The Journey to Excellence Scholarship program includes three scholarships ranging in value from $1500 to $500. The Delta Tau Delta Fraternity boasts the highest GPA at the University of Iowa and governs themselves with four core values: truth, courage, faith, and power. Male high school seniors who plan to enroll at the University of Iowa are encouraged to fill out the Journey to Excellence Scholarship application form. Scholarship applicants are not required to join the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. To learn more about the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and the Journey to Excellence Scholarship, visit the Delta Tau Delta site

Due date: No deadline at this time

 

Mike Rowe Works Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship

The Mike Rowe Works Foundation sponsors the Work Ethic Scholarship for those individuals who display a strong work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.The Work Ethic Scholarship program does not consider test scores or grades when selecting scholarship recipients. Applicants must plan to or be enrolled in an approved trades program. (Please see scholarship website for the complete list of qualifying trades.) Applicants will also have to submit a short video, an essay, an official high school transcript, financial information, two references/recommendations, and a few other pieces of information. Visit the Mike Rowe Works Foundation Worth Ethic Scholarship site for further information and application details. 

 

WikiLawn Grass for Class Scholarship

The WikiLawn Grass for Class Scholarship seeks entrepreneurial high school seniors and college students who own and operate a lawn care service while attending school. WikiLawn will offer a semi-annual $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must display a passionate entrepreneurial spirit and plan to pursue any major at a two-year, four-year, or graduate level college program. Applicants must submit a transcript, a resume, and a 500-700 word essay. To learn more and apply, visit the WikiLawn Grass for Class Scholarship.

Due date: Fall semester deadline is May 1 – August 20. Spring semester deadline is August 31 – December 31.

KidGuard for Education Scholarship

The KidGuard for Education Scholarship is open to all high school students in grades 9-12. The KidGuard for Education Scholarship hopes to bring awareness and create solutions to issues such as cyberbullying, online predators, teen suicide, and childhood depression in the age of technology. Multiple scholarships are available ranging in amounts from $500-$1,000. Applicants must submit an essay response to one of the prompts given. To learn more and submit an application, visit the KidGuard for Education Scholarship site.

Due date: Ongoing annual contest. Essay responses due every October 31st at 11:59 PM (Pacific time)

RoverPass Outdoor Entrepreneurship Scholarship

RoverPass seeks high school seniors with a passion for the outdoors. The Outdoor Entrepreneurship Scholarship seeks applicants who have a sense of adventure and an entrepreneurial spirit. Applicants have the opportunity to be awarded $1,000 to fund their outdoor entrepreneurial ideas. Applicants should be passionate and ambitious. They are also encouraged to be a part of an outdoor organization or plan to start their own business upon graduation. Applicants must send an update resume, an official high school transcript, and their 500-700 word essay response to RoverPass to be considered for this scholarship. Visit the RoverPass Outdoor Entrepreneurship Scholarship site to learn more and apply.

Due date: Fall application period: May 1-August 20. Spring application period: August 31-December 31

 

Redfin Scholarship

The Redfin Real Estate Brokerage offers a $2,500 scholarship to high school seniors. Applicants must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and be willing to write a 300-500 word essay in response to this question: “The place (or places) where we are raised often have a profound effect on who we become as adults. What effect has the community that you were raised in had on who you are today?” To learn more and apply for the Redfin Scholarship, check out the Redfin Scholarship site.

Due date: Spring application period: November 1-January 31 | Fall application period: May 1-July 31

 

Press Cleaners Scholarship

Press Cleaners is offering a $1,000 scholarship opportunity to aspiring entrepreneurs. Press Cleaners seeks applicants willing to write a 500-800 word essay about a proposed business idea and what problem that business intends to solve. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity, visit the Press Cleaners Scholarship site.

Due date: Varies by semester. See scholarship site for details.

 

Iowa FFA Scholarships

The Iowa FFA Association has provided a list of scholarship opportunities for FFA members. Check out the Iowa FFA Association website to learn more and apply for these various scholarship opportunities.

Due dates: Varies by scholarship

 

Scholarships for Military Children

The federal government provides financial assistance through grants, loans, student aid, and scholarships for the children of military personnel. If you are interested in learning more about the financial assistance available to the children of military parents, please visit the Military One Source site for further information.

Due dates vary by scholarship opportunity.

 

Varsity Tutors’ Monthly $1,000 Scholarship Contest

Varsity Tutors hosts a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month. One winner is then chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. To learn more about this monthly scholarship contest, visit the Varsity Tutors Monthly College Scholarship Contest.

Due date: Monthly essay contest open from the 1st of the month until the 15th of the month

 

Weird Scholarships

The Weird Scholarships website connects high school students with a variety of unique and interesting scholarship opportunities. Check out the Weird Scholarships site to search and apply for scholarships that fit you!

Due date: Check individual scholarship for due date

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