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 2019 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 must also submit an official high school transcript and a wallet-sized color photograph 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.
Due date: April 5, 2019
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: April 1, 2019
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.
Spirit of Chandy Scholarship
Bank Iowa sponsors the Spirit of Chandy Scholarship in memory of Chandy Barr Clanton, a former Bank Iowa Vice Chair. Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited two-year community college and/or a four-year college/university. Applicants who participate in the activities that Chandy loved (swimming, biking, running, and flying) will be given scholarship award preference. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, character, leadership skills, honors/awards received, participation in school and community activities, and involvement in swimming, biking, running, and flying. Applicants must also submit an essay describing their personal strengths as well as their educational and career goals. Applicants must also submit one letter of recommendation from a non-relative. Financial need is not considered. Applicants need not be Bank Iowa customers. Bank Iowa will award $500 for the Spirit of Chandy Scholarship to one high school senior boy and one high school senior girl in each region. To learn more and apply, visit the Bank Iowa Spirit of Chandy Scholarship site. Completed applications must be brought into a Bank Iowa location or emailed to email@example.com.
Due date: March 5, 2019
Mensa Foundation College Scholarship
The Central Iowa Mensa chapter is participating in the Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s local scholarship program for high school seniors. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited American institution of post-secondary education during the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants must also be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. Applicants need not be a member of Mensa nor qualified for Mensa. An applicant’s academic record, financial need, major, and/or demographic details will not be considered. Scholarship awards will be granted to applicants based solely upon an essay of 550 words or fewer. The essay must describe the applicant’s career, vocational, or academic goal. Visit the Mensa Foundation College Scholarship site to learn more and apply.
Due date: January 15, 2019
SFM Foundation Scholarship
The SFM Foundation provides scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota or Iowa employers. Applicants must be an Iowa resident over the age of 16 at the time of application. Applicants must also be in good academic standing. Academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular involvement, and community service will be considered. An applicant’s GPA will be reviewed in consideration against the number of hours the applicant works as well as the number of hours the applicant devotes to community service. Applicant must pursue post-secondary training from an accredited college, university, or vocational education and training program. Applicant must display financial need. To learn more and apply, visit the SFM Foundation Scholarship site.
Due date: March 31, 2019
Iowa Engineering Society Central Iowa Chapter Scholarship
The Iowa Engineering Society’s (IES) Central Iowa Chapter sponsors a scholarship to high school seniors interested in pursuing a degree in engineering. IES Chapter scholarships seek applicants who have the talent and commitment to succeed in an undergraduate engineering program. Applicants with financial need are given preference. Applicants must be U.S. citizens residing in the state of Iowa. Applicants must also enroll in the College of Engineering at either Iowa State University or the University of Iowa. Scholarship money is not distributed until the recipient has successfully completed his/her first semester at either Iowa State University or the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. Applicants must complete a pre-application form before receiving an application for the IES Chapter scholarship. Applicants must also possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and have earned an ACT composite score of 26 or higher. To complete the pre-application, visit the Iowa Engineering Society Central Iowa Chapter scholarship site.
Due date for pre-application form: February 12, 2019
Veridian Credit Union Scholarships
Veridian Credit Union sponsors two scholarship opportunities. Veridian offers the Incoming Freshman Scholarship to one incoming freshman student enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or vocational program at the college of his/her choice. This award involves one $1,000 scholarship. Veridian also offers the ArtShare Scholarship to high school seniors who excel in the arts. Applicants must plan to pursue educational programs which lead to a career in the arts. Applicants must enroll at an accredited undergraduate or vocational program at the college of their choice. Applicants must also have a Veridian Credit Union account in their own name and be a member in good standing. This award involves one $2,000 scholarship. To learn more and apply, visit the Veridian Credit Union Scholarships site.
Due date for Incoming Freshman Scholarship: February 3, 2019
Due date for ArtShare Scholarship: April 14, 2019
Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education Scholarship
The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education offers $2,500 scholarships during the spring of 2019. Applicants must plan to pursue automotive-related studies, such as technician training, body shop/collision repair, diesel, new vehicle sales, parts sales, accounting, or business administration. Applicants must write a letter detailing their career goals and interest in pursuing an automotive career. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, school counselor, or co-worker. Applicants must also submit an unofficial high school transcript. A copy of the applicant’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) form from the FAFSA must also be submitted. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a personal interest in automobiles, who are a current or prior employee of a dealership, and who are enrolled in automotive courses. To learn more and apply, visit the Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education Scholarship site.
Due date: March 1, 2019
Health Care Careers Scholarship
The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) proudly supports the Health Care Careers Scholarship program. The Health Care Careers Scholarships are offered through the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF) and offer scholarships of up to $7,000 (or $3,500 per year for a maximum of two years) to students interested in pursuing health care education. Students who receive a Health Care Careers Scholarship must commit to working one year in an Iowa hospital for each year of scholarship award received (two years total). Placement opportunities with an Iowa hospital for each IHA geographic district will be identified for the selected candidates. To learn more, view the map of Iowa hospitals for placement, and complete an application, visit the Health Care Careers Scholarship site.
Due date: March 30, 2019
Landus Cooperative Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship
The Landus Cooperative sponsors five $2,000 scholarships for high school seniors planning to pursue a career in agriculture, life sciences, or an ag-related field. Applicants and/or their parents must be a voting member in good standing with Landus Cooperative. Applicants must also have a cumulative high school GPA of a 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. To learn more and apply, visit the Landus Cooperative Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship site.
Due date: January 31, 2019
Conservation and Agriculture Scholarships
The Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Conservation Districts of Iowa sponsor the Conservation and Agriculture Scholarship program for high school seniors graduating in 2019. This scholarship program provides scholarship money during the first year of a student’s education. Applicants must pursue a program of study in any field of agriculture or conservation. Preference will be given to students pursuing programs of study in conservation. Applications will be judged based on the following criteria: school and community involvement, leadership skills, character, career aspirations, scholastic achievement, and conservation message. To learn more and apply, visit the Conservation and Agriculture Scholarship program for further details.
Due date: February 15, 2019
Des Moines Women’s Club Scholarships
The Des Moines Women’s Club offers twenty-one scholarship opportunities to high school seniors who are full-time students and residents of Polk County. Applicants may only apply for one scholarship per year. The scholarships offered by the Des Moines Women’s Club are in the areas of art; theatre arts; vocal music; instrumental music; literature; music, dance, and/or performing arts; education (elementary, music, and education in general); science, technology, engineering, and/or math; health-related career areas; and many other career related interests. To learn more about this expansive scholarship program, visit the Des Moines Women’s Club Scholarship website.
Due date: January 18, 2019
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 grant 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.
The Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa
The Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa seeks high school seniors who plan to study special education at a college or university upon graduation. This one-time $2,000 grant 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.
Iowa PGA Charlie Burkart Scholarship
The Iowa PGA offers an annual scholarship in memory of its former member, Charlie Burkart. This renewable, four-year $1,500 scholarship is open to one high school senior who expresses an interest in golf and displays the potential for future contributions to the game of golf. Applicants should possess leadership skills, community involvement, academic and professional ability, and financial need. Learn more about the Iowa PGA Charlie Burkart Scholarship by visiting the Charlie Burkart Scholarship website.
Due date: June 14, 2019
Calvin Coolidge Scholarship
The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation sponsors the Coolidge Scholarship. High school juniors planning to enroll in college in the fall of 2020 are eligible to apply for this merit-based scholarship. The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship covering a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study at any accredited U.S. college or university. This highly selective scholarship places great emphasis on academic excellence when selecting a recipient. Applicants must also display an interest in public policy. Applicants should also display a proof of community service to their school and/or community. To learn more and apply, visit the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Scholarship site.
Due date: January 23, 2019
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.
SeniorAdvice.com Senior Caregiver Scholarship
SeniorAdvice.com offers a $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior who has served as a caregiver for an elderly relative or friend. Applicants must attend a two- or four-year college/university in the spring of 2019. Applicants must also submit a video file highlighting their caregiving story and how it impacted their lives. Applicants must also submit an official high school transcript. To learn more and submit application materials, visit the SeniorAdvice Senior Caregiver Scholarship.
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. Visit the University of Iowa Strayer-Rairden Scholarship to learn more and apply.
Mediacom World Class Scholarship
Mediacom Communications sponsors fifty-five scholarships worth $1,000 each to students who live in Mediacom service areas. These 55 non-renewable $1,000 scholarships are available to high school seniors in at least 21 states. Seniors must complete an application, write an essay on leadership, provide an official high school transcript, and submit two completed recommendation forms. Applicants should also display academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership abilities. To learn more and apply, visit the Mediacom World Class Scholarship site to apply online.
Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarships
The Iowa Newspaper Foundation sponsors a variety of scholarship opportunities for Iowa students preparing for a career in media. Scholarship awards typically range between $500 and $1,000. Check out the Iowa Newspaper Foundation website to learn more about the various scholarships offered.
Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship
Iowa Student Loan will award 30 Iowa high school seniors with a $2,000 scholarship for their fall 2019 college expenses. Applicants must complete two online tutorials and a multiple-choice assessment in order to be considered for the scholarship. The 30 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 register and read the complete scholarship rules.
Due date: February 22, 2019
Iowa National Guard Officers Auxiliary Scholarship
The Iowa National Guard Officers Auxiliary provides scholarships to high school seniors who are the dependent of a current or retired Iowa National Guard member. Applicants must plan to pursue a two- or four-year degree. Applicants must submit an official high school transcript, a resume listing activities and leadership positions, Guard Member verification, an essay response, and a letter of recommendation. To learn more, visit the Iowa National Guard Officers Auxiliary Student Scholarship.
Due date: February 1, 2019
Flavorful Futures Scholarship
Sparkling Ice sponsors the Flavorful Futures Scholarship program for high school seniors. The scholarship program intends to highlight what makes the recipients who they are and how they plan to contribute their talents through further education. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their academic achievement as well as their individuality and creativity.The Flavorful Futures Scholarship program will award 5 scholarships worth $5,000 each to deserving students. To learn more and apply visit the Flavorful Futures Scholarship site beginning October 1.
Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship
The Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship program offers 80 scholarships worth $1,000 each to current high school seniors and college students who are seeking a four-year degree at any college in the U.S. (Please note that applicants may start at a two-year college provided the course of study will lead to earning a bachelor’s degree.) Applicants for a Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship must be a high school senior working for Hy-Vee or a subsidiary who began employment on or before September 15, 2018. Applicants may also be the son and/or daughter of a full-, regular-, or part-time Hy-Vee or a subsidiary employee who has a minimum of six months employment as of September 15, 2018. Applicants must provide an official high school transcript, a resume of accomplishments, and a personal statement. To learn more and download an application, visit the Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship site.
Due date: February 8, 2019
Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship
The Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship will award $800 over the course of two college semesters to students attending the University of Iowa. Each recipient of the Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship must be of Protestant faith, a resident of the state of Iowa, and a full-time student at the University of Iowa. At least one recipient of the scholarship must be a member of an Episcopal Church. At least one recipient must also be a young man pursuing a career in banking. All recipients must be of good character and display academic achievement. To receive an application for the Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship, please visit the counseling office to receive a paper copy.
Due date: May 1, 2019
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.
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
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
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