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
Iowa Association of Building Officials 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 $500 annually for up to four years. Another IABO Scholarship seeks a two-year college student who will receive $500 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, 2019
Peace with Justice Scholarship
The Peace with Justice Essay Contest seeks Iowa high school juniors and seniors willing to write a 1,000-word, original essay. The Peace with Justice Essay Contest will award three scholarships each worth $500. Essays will be judged by a committee selected by the Iowa Conference Board of Church and society of the United Methodist Church. Applicants need not be a member of a United Methodist Church nor any other religious organization. Applicants should include their name, address, and email address as well as a brief summary/resume their school, church, and community activities, including efforts for social justice. The essay prompt for the Peace with Justice Essay Contest is:
In a paraphrase of the United Methodist Social Principles, “Our first moral duty…is to work together to resolve by peaceful means every dispute that arises between or among us.”
Americans come from many different backgrounds. How can we promote justice, build understanding and respect for one another, and heal divisions in our communities among people of different heritages and beliefs?
Completed essays must be submitted as a Word document or PDF and electronically submitted to the Iowa Conference Peace with Justice Coordinator, Laura Oliver, at email@example.com.
Due date: April 1, 2019
Mary E. Wood and Larry W. Carter Scholarships
The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines proudly announces that applications are currently being accepted for the Mary E. Wood and Larry W. Carter Scholarships. These scholarships are available to African-American students seeking higher education. Interested applicants should visit the Mary E. Wood Scholarship site and the Larry W. Carter Scholarship site to learn more and apply online.
Due date: May 15, 2019
Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Scholarship
The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association (INEDA) proudly offers a limited number of matching fund scholarship opportunities to potential employees of Iowa and Nebraska equipment dealers. This dealership-driven scholarship program provides equipment dealers with the opportunity to assist those current and potential employees who aspire toward management, technical, sales, or administrative positions within the dealership. The INEDA offers a 2 to 1 scholarship match up to $2,000 for the 2019-2020 school year. This means that if a dealer contributes $1,000 in funding, the INEDA will match the scholarship with $2,000, for a grand total of $3,000. The equipment dealer must approve the applicant as a current employee or potential future employee and approve the applicant’s course of study. Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled as full-time students in the approved course of study. Both two- and four-year degree programs are eligible. Applicants must have a minimum cum GPA of 2.0 to apply. To learn more and receive application materials, please see Mrs. Fast in the counseling office for further information.
Due date: April 15, 2019
Kit Williamson Memorial Scholarship
The Vietnam Veterans of America, chapter 490 of Des Moines, offers two $500 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 technical program. Applicants must display academic achievement, share their college entrance exam scores, submit a resume, 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, 2019
Robert D. Blue Scholarship
The Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation sponsors the Robert D. Blue Scholarship for Iowa high school seniors interested in pursuing higher education. Applicants must plan to attend an Iowa college or university. Applicants must also display financial need. Applicants should also demonstrate literary and scholastic ability; exhibit qualities of truth, courage, and fellowship; and display moral force of character. Interested applicants should visit the Robert D. Blue Scholarship site to learn more and apply online.
Due date: May 10, 2019
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 that 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 three finalists will be chosen to receive a $5,000 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: March 15, 2019
Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa Scholarships
The Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa (LDA-IA) sponsors two scholarships for high school seniors with learning disabilities who wish to pursue a post-secondary education. Each scholarship is worth $500. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college program or vocational training. Applicants must also provide verification of their learning disability. Preference will be given to applicants who meet one of the following: applicant is a current member of LDA-IA; applicant’s parent is current member of LDA-IA; or applicant is recommended in writing by a current LDA-IA member. Students served solely under Section 504, or with primary disabilities other than LD (e.g. Autism), will not be eligible for these scholarships. To learn more and apply for the two Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa Scholarships, visit the LDA-IA Scholarship site.
Due date: March 30, 2019
Audra Alexander Scholarship
The Tawasi Federated Women’s Club sponsors the Audra Alexander Scholarship. 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 visit Mrs. Fast in the counseling office.
Due date: April 1, 2019
Minnie Jones Tawasi Scholarship
The Tawasi Federated Women’s Club sponsors the Minnie Jones Tawasi Scholarship for 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 visit Mrs. Fast in the counseling office.
Associated General Contractors of Iowa Diesel Technician Scholarship
The Associated General Contractors of Iowa (AGC Iowa) sponsors five $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors entering diesel technician or diesel engine diploma programs at community colleges across the state. Applicants may be pursuing a two-year AAS degree or a one-year diploma program in the area of diesel mechanics. AGC Iowa is a non-profit trade association designed to promote the heavy highway construction industry in Iowa. Preference will be given to applicants who indicate an interest in working in the heavy highway industry. To learn more about the AGC Iowa Diesel Technician Scholarship, please visit Mrs. Fast in the counseling office to receive application materials.
Due date: April 12, 2019
Pleasant Hill Lions Club Scholarship
The Pleasant Hill Lions Club proudly sponsors two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who attend either Des Moines East High School or 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 a scholarship information and an application.
Due date: March 31, 2019
Thomas H. Macbride Leadership Scholarship
The Thomas H. Macbride Leadership Scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school seniors who demonstrate the ability to excel in academics, extra-curricular activities, and human service. The Thomas H. Macbride Leadership scholarship seeks only male high school seniors who plan to attend the University of Iowa. This scholarship is awarded by the Alumni of ACACIA Fraternity. Financial need is not a criteria for this scholarship. Finalists for the scholarship will compete through interview sessions in Iowa City at the Acacia Fraternity House on either Saturday, April 20 or Sunday, April 21. To learn more and apply, visit the Thomas H. Macbride Leadership Scholarship site via the University of Iowa Acacia Fraternity.
Darryl Jahn Memorial Scholarship
The alumni of Beta Sigma Psi Lutheran fraternity will award three $2,000 scholarships to Lutheran high school seniors who will attend Iowa State University in the fall of 2019. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their scholastic achievement and participation in their communities and churches. Scholarship applicants are not obligated to become Beta Sigma Psi fraternity members upon attending the Iowa State campus. To learn more and apply, visit the Darryl Jahn Memorial Scholarship site.
Due date: March 22, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due date: March 5, 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.
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
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.
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
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.
Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarship
The Children’s Cancer Connection focuses upon enhancing the lives of children and their families affected by childhood cancer who are living, treated, and/or diagnosed in the state of Iowa. Applicants must be directly affected by childhood cancer, which includes individuals who currently have or have had cancer before age 18, or a sibling of that individual. Applicants must be within the Children’s Cancer Connection service area, which means they are living, treated, and/or diagnosed in the state of Iowa. Applicants must display a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Applicants must also attend an accredited two-year or four-year college/university or a trade school. The Children’s Cancer Connection offers four scholarship opportunities: $500 book reimbursement scholarship, $1,000 tuition assistance scholarship, $2,500 tuition assistance scholarship, or the $5,000 Debbie Ockenfels Memorial Scholarship. To learn more, please visit Mrs. Fast in the counseling office to receive application materials.
Due date: Applications for the Fall 2019 semester are due on May 31, 2019.
Applications for the Spring 2020 semester are due September 27, 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