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Ann Griffel Scholarship

The Iowa Golf Association Foundation sponsors the Ann Griffel Scholarship. The Ann Griffel Scholarships award $2,000 to high school senior girls who display a passion for golf and who plan to enroll at an Iowa college, university, or trade school after high school. To learn more and apply online, visit the Ann Griffel Scholarship site

Due date: March 31, 2024

 

Herman Sani Scholarship

The Iowa Golf Association Foundation sponsors the Herman Sani Scholarship. The Herman Sani Scholarship encourages any Iowa high school senior with an interest in golf and a desire to further his/her post-secondary education to apply. Each recipient will receive a scholarship worth $8,000 (payable in increments of $2,000 per year for four years) as long as the student achieves reasonable academic progress. To learn more and apply online, visit the Herman Sani Scholarship site.  

Due date: March 31, 2024

 

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 2024 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 one personal statement that spans 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.  

*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, 2024

 

Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award

The Hoover Presidential Foundation sponsors the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award for motivated and community-minded high school juniors. Fifteen (15) Iowa high school juniors will be selected. Applicants must propose a community project and then complete the project during the summer between their junior and senior years of high school. Applicants must submit a detailed project proposal as well as two letters of recommendation. Finalists receive a $1,500 award and four finalists will be chosen to receive a $10,000 award to be used at a two- or four-year trade school, college, or university of their choice. To learn more and apply for this opportunity, visit the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award site for further details. 

Due date: April 1, 2024

 

Polk County Cattlemen Scholarship

The Polk County Cattlemen Association is sponsoring the Polk County Cattlemen Scholarship program to high school seniors who are current members of an FFA chapter in Polk County. The Polk County Cattlemen Scholarship program will award six scholarships each worth $500 to high school senior FFA members who plan to enroll at an accredited college, university, or trade school. Applicants must complete an application, write a 500-word essay outlining future plans, and submit a transcript after the successful completion of the first semester of post-secondary education with the commitment to enroll for a second semester. To learn more and apply for the Polk County Cattlemen Scholarship program, please visit Mrs. Fast in the counseling office to receive a paper copy of the application and scholarship materials. 

Due date: April 15, 2024  

 

Student-View Scholarship

Student Insights, a market research company for higher education, sponsors the Student-View Scholarship program for high school seniors. The Student-View Scholarship program offers eight scholarships to high school seniors. Applicants must plan to attend a four-year college/university, a two-year community college, or a trade/vocational college. Applicants do not need to submit an ACT score or high school GPA, an essay, or a lengthy application form. Applicants will need to complete a 15-20 minute survey about colleges in their area. The scholarships will be awarded via a random drawing of all completed applications. To learn more and apply, please visit the Student-View Scholarship website

Due date: April 23, 2024

 

Pleasant Hill Lions Club Scholarship

The Pleasant Hill Lions Club proudly sponsors one $1000 scholarship to a high school senior who attends Southeast Polk High School. Applicants must display academic achievement, extracurricular and community involvement, character, and leadership skills. To be eligible applicants must be accepted to any college, community college, or trade/technical college. Applicants must also demonstrate academic accomplishment by earning a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or better on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must also write an essay describing plans they have for service to their communities. Slight preference will be given to Pleasant Hill residents or students affiliated with or have done volunteer work with the Pleasant Hill Lions Club. Completed applications and required attachments must be mailed to the Pleasant Hill Lions Club. Interested candidates should see Mrs. Fast in the counseling office to receive scholarship information and an application. 

Due date: April 30, 2024

 

Kit Williamson Memorial Scholarship

The Vietnam Veterans of America, chapter 490 of Des Moines, offers two $1000 scholarships for Vietnam era veteran family members to assist with the cost of tuition and/or textbooks at a post-secondary institution. Applicants must be either a Vietnam veteran or the family member of a Vietnam veteran. Applicants must also be accepted to attend an accredited college, university, or post-secondary training program. Applicants must display academic achievement, share their college entrance exam (ACT and/or SAT) scores, submit a resume, provide two recommendation letters, provide a certified copy of the related veteran’s DD Form 214 (discharge form), and complete an essay to a given prompt. To learn more and apply, visit Mrs.Fast in the counseling office for an application. 

Due date: April 30, 2024

 

Iowa Association of Building Officials (IABO) Scholarship

The Iowa Association of Building Officials (IABO) Scholarship program seeks high school seniors interested in pursuing an education in the construction industry. The IABO Scholarship seeks one four-year college student who will receive $2000 annually for up to four years. Another IABO Scholarship seeks a two-year college student who will receive $1000 annually for up to two years. Applicants must be an Iowa resident, have an Iowa high school diploma or GED, and be admitted to an eligible program. To receive a list of eligible colleges and their construction programs as well as to receive an application, please visit with Mrs. Fast in the counseling office for further details. 

Due date: May 1, 2024

 

Environmental Stewardship Scholarship

The Metro Waste Authority sponsors a scholarship program for high school seniors planning to pursue a career in an environmental field. Applicants must enroll as a full-time student at an accredited community college, college, or university. To learn more and apply, visit the Metro Waste Authority Environmental Stewardship Scholarship website.

Due date: May 1, 2024

 

Audra Alexander Scholarship 

The Tawasi Federated Women’s Club sponsors the Audra Alexander Scholarship for African and African American students. Applicants must plan to enroll at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Applicants must also be a resident of the greater Des Moines metropolitan area. To learn more and receive an application for the Audra Alexander Scholarship, please complete the Audra Alexander Scholarship form

Due date: May 20, 2024 

 

Minnie Jones Tawasi Scholarship

The Tawasi Federated Women’s Club sponsors the Minnie Jones Tawasi Scholarship for African and African American high school seniors who plan to enroll at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. These renewable scholarships range in amount from $250-$500 and will be issued directly to the recipients. Applicants must be a resident of the greater Des Moines metropolitan area. Applicants must also possess a C average or better while in high school and provide an official high school transcript for verification. To learn more and receive an application for the Minnie Jones Tawasi Scholarship, please complete the Minnie Jones Tawasi Scholarship form

Due date: May 20, 2024

 

Beta Theta Pi Men of Principle Scholarship

The Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Iowa State University sponsors the Men of Principle Scholarship for male high school seniors. One scholarship worth $1,000 is available to a young man of principles who is interested in positively impacting the Iowa State University community. To learn more and apply, please visit Mrs. Fast in the counseling office for a copy of the application’s QR code. 

Due date: June 3, 2024

 

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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