Guidance & Scholarships


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Scholarships for Seniors

Gates Scholars receive funding for the full cost of attendance to earn a bachelor’s degree that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university. Costs covered include tuition, fees, books, room and board, and may include additional personal costs. Students must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US, accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. Additional requirements include: must be a high school senior from at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American, and Pell grant-eligible,a US citizen, national, or permanent resident, have a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3. Visit https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship for more information. Deadline: September 15.

U.S. Senate Youth Program. Sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst foundation, the first phase involves bringing two students from each state to Washington, D.C. from March 1-8. Delegates will be immersed in Washington activities throughout their weeks’ stay. The second phase consists of the selected students receiving a college scholarship of $5,000. Apply at https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/advanced-learning-opportunities/us-senate-youth-program. Deadline: October 1.

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship.Students may receive awards of up to $6,269 for the 2007-08 academic year. Priority will be given to students who participated in the Federal TRIO Programs, students who graduated from alternative high schools, and to homeless youth. In addition, an applicant must be an Iowa resident who begins his or her initial enrollment at an eligible Iowa college or university within two academic years of graduating from high school, and have achieved at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Apply at www.iowacollegeaid.org/commissioncentral/spotlight.php?a=9. First priority will be given to students whose applications are received on or before October 1.

YoungArts Scholarship. As the sole national organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing artistic excellence in the visual, literary and performing arts (including cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing), YoungArts ensures the nations’ most outstanding high school students are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. 15-18 year-olds OR students in grades 10-12 are eligible to apply. Cash awards of up to $10,000 per student (over $500,000 in total awarded each year). Visit www.youngarts.org/apply for details on the application requirements. Deadline: October 16.

Horatio Alger Iowa Scholarship. $3,000 scholarships to 100 Iowans studying at the University of Iowa. Criteria include financial need, as well as integrity and perseverance in the face of adversity. Online applications may be submitted at www.horatioalger.org/scholarships. Deadline: October 25.

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Criteria includes critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family preferred), 2.0 grade point, and involvement in co-curricular and community activities. Applicants must ultimately pursue a degree at the University of Iowa. See https://scholars.horatioalger.org/about-our-scholarship-programs/state-scholarships/. Deadline: October 25.

U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program. Thirty $1,000 scholarships awarded in a random drawing. No essays, no minimum GPA required. Students can apply online at https://financialiq.usbank.com/index/manage-your-household/student-center/enter-to-win-the-student-union-scholarship.html. Deadline: October 25.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship. Criteria involves leadership, commitment to community, and academic achievement. Visit www.coca-colascholars.org for additional requirements, guidelines, and application information. Deadline: October 31.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award. This award provides a unique opportunity to recognize young people for volunteer service in their communities. One high school student in each of the 50 states will be named State Honorees in February and receive $1000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent or guardian in May. In Washington, five high school students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year. Each National Honoree receives an additional $5000. If you feel you’ve made a positive difference through a volunteer activity during the past year, visit http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit to apply. Deadline: November 6.

Toyota Community Scholarship Program. One student from each school may be nominated from the senior class. Criteria include an outstanding academic record, effective leadership, and a well-documented record of service both within and outside the school setting. 100 renewable scholarships valued at $10,000 or $20,000 payable over four years. Apply at https://apply.scholarsapply.org/toyotafinancial/information.php. Deadline: November 13.

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship. This scholarship for seniors is about rewarding and showcasing excellence in academic achievement, physical fitness, interview and on-stage performance skills in talent and public speaking. Over $12,000 in cash scholarships were awarded at the 2015 Iowa program. A three-day program in March in Coralville inspires young women to develop their full potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a showcase of their accomplishments. Sign up at http://distinguishedyw.org/scholarships/our-scholarships/. Deadline: December 1.

SAE Engineering Scholarship. Range from $1,000 to $10,000. This award is for students intending to earn a degree in engineering or a related science. See www.sae.org/students/engschlr.htm. Deadline: December 1.

National Art Contest. Three prizes at $1,000, $750, and $500. Open to high school seniors, any form of flat art, except photography, is eligible. The artwork must reflect the theme “Making the World a Better Place Through Service and Sacrifice.” See www.fourchaplains.org. Deadline: December 5.

Principal’s Leadership Award. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) sponsors this award. One per school. Nominees should be in the top 20% of their class and demonstrate leadership. Nominations are not based on financial need. More information is available at www.nasc.us or www.nhs.us and click on Scholarships & Awards. Deadline: December 5.

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts. Up to $1,000 per scholarship available. Open to Iowa high school seniors planning to attend an Iowa college or university majoring in music, visual arts, photography, drama/theater, creative writing, or dance/performing arts. Apply online at www.iowaartscouncil.org by December 10.

ISAC Scholarship. Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are county officials and employees from the 99 counties in Iowa. Eligibility is limited to children of county officials or county employees. Postmark deadline: December 15.

Hixson Award. This is a scholarship with an estimated value of more than $15,000 over eight semesters, approximately half of tuition and fees. It is offered annually to 100 Iowa students. Criteria include demonstrated financial need, overcoming challenges of personal and/or financial hardship, residency in Iowa, the potential to succeed, and admission to Iowa State University. View full eligibility requirements at https://www.hixson.dso.iastate.edu/application/online-application-process. Deadline: December 15.

AFS Awards for Excellence Scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded to students who best exhibit academic excellence, leadership, and community service. These merit scholarships are designed to reward exceptional students who have shown their willingness to learn beyond the classroom by making it possible for them to live and study abroad. Apply at https://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships/iowaDeadline postmark: December 20.

AXA Achievement Scholarship. $10,000 scholarship to one recipient from each state. To qualify, students should be well-rounded, determined to succeed and have demonstrated achievement at a job, sport or extracurricular activity. These students will succeed in life because they possess an extra element of grit and determination. To learn more, see www.axa-achievement.com. Deadline: December 20.

Tim Dwight Foundation Scholarship. Criteria include being an Iowa citizen planning to attend the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, or the University of Northern Iowa. Applicant must provide evidence of the difficulties and challenges faced in achieving his/her goals during high school and the challenges the applicant will face while attending one of the above listed universities. Range from covering cost of tuition, room and board to $1,000. Applications are available at www.timdwightfoundation.com. Deadline: December 31.

National Wild Turkey Federation’s Academic Scholarship. A minimum of $750 scholarship awarded to graduating seniors with a 3.0 grade point average. Other criteria: student must support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports; must be involved in school activities; must demonstrate ability as a leader among his or her peers; must demonstrate community involvement; must submit an essay and autobiography exhibiting dedication to conservation. Apply at https://www.nwtf.org/resource-library/detail/scholarship-application. Deadline: January 1.

Profiles in Courage Scholarship. Participate in the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest, by writing an essay about U.S. elected officials who have spoken truth to power by standing alone in the face of overwhelming political opposition. Visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest at the Kennedy Presidential Library website, www.jfklibrary.org, for access to complete requirements. Deadline: January 6.

United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship. $1,000 grant. An important consideration is the financial contribution of the applicant toward his or her own education. For more information go to www.iajcisenate.org. Deadline: January 6.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship. The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program annually awards roughly 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient. For more information, eligibility requirements, and an online application, visit www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships. Deadline: January 8.

Better Business Bureau Scholarship. The Better Business Bureau is proud to offer our annual Student of Integrity scholarship of $2500 to eight high school seniors. It is important to remember that “character not the circumstance” makes the person. A BBB Student of Integrity possesses many of the qualities we look for when accrediting a business. A Student of Integrity is insightful, kind, fair-minded, unintimidating and ardent in their desire to make sound decisions. Being chosen to apply for this award is a true testament to one’s character. Please let your high school guidance counselor know you want to apply, as there can be only one applicant per school. Applicant must be recommended by a school official. Deadline: January 9.

Burger King Scholarship. High school seniors, Burger King employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners are eligible to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards. Apply at www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram. Deadline: January 10.

Sam Walton COMMUNITY Scholarship. This is a non-renewable $1,000 award for the student’s first year of undergraduate study at an approved accredited college or university. To qualify, the student may not be a Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. or SAM’S CLUB Associate, or the child or legal dependent of a Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. or SAM’S CLUB Associate. More information is available at www.walmartfoundation.org. Postmark deadline: January 14.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Scholarship. The RMHC scholarship program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. Graduating high school seniors, visit www.rmhc.org for more information or apply today at https://aim.applyists.net/RMHC. Deadline: January 18.

Mercy Iowa City Health Career Scholarship. Students planning to study nursing, pharmacy, radiology, respiratory therapy, clinical laboratory, surgical technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship each year of college study.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and community volunteer experience.  Apply here: www.mercyiowacity.org.  Deadline:  January 25.

Iowa Engineering Society Scholarship. The Herbert Hoover Chapter of the IES is offering a $500 scholarship to an applicant who will be pursuing a career in the engineering field. The top applicant will be forwarded onto the Iowa State Engineering Society to be eligible for a state scholarship. Visit www.iaengr.org for more information. Deadline: January 31.

U.S. All-Star Federation Cheerleading/Dance Scholarship. This scholarship is open to any college-bound senior that participates with any USASF member program. In addition, applicant must be a USASF Member Athlete. Obtain more informtion at http://usasf.net/members/athletes/college-scholarship/. Deadline: February 1.

Iowa Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. Applicants must have at least a 28 ACT or 1240 SAT and 3.5 GPA, rank in the top 10% of the graduating class, be a legal Iowa resident, have completed 3 years of science beyond general science including 2 years of lab science, 2 years of the same foreign language, 4 years of English, 3 years of social studies, and 3 years of math beyond general math and pre-algebra. Applications may be obtained online at www.iowacollegeaid.org. Postmark deadline: February 1.

VEISHEA Leadership Scholarship. A scholarship of $500 will be presented to six high school seniors. Students must be accepted to Iowa State University, display excellent leadership qualities, high academic achievement, and outstanding personal character; have an ACT score of at least 26 or an SAT score of at least 1070; be in the top 15% of their graduating class; and attend the VEISHEA celebration to receive the award April 20-23. See guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: February 4.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarship. Awarded to two exceptional students who intend to major in television, telecommunications, or a similar communications-related field at four-year colleges or universities. $7,500 awarded prior to the first year of study, and three additional awards of $7,500 granted in subsequent years. An application form can be found at http://midwestemmys.org/20181106/natas-scholarships/. Postmark deadline: February 6.

Optimist International Essay & Oratorical Contest Scholarship. This statewide contest offers $2500, $1500 & $1000 scholarships for first, second & third place, respectively, for each contest. Our local club is also offering a $500 scholarship for first place winners. More information is available at https://www.optimist.org/member/scholarships1.cfm or here. Applications are available from Julia Kramer at 130 A Ave, Kalona; 319-430-3174; or alvinjuliakramer@gmail.com. Deadline: February 8.

KFC Colonel’s Scholarship. This $5,000 per year scholarship was created in 2006 to assist students with financial need who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a public institution within their legal state of residence. To qualify, a student must maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average. The application may be completed online at http://www.kfcscholars.org. The online application will be available from December 1, 2008 through February 10.

Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarship. Scholarships are for college students preparing for a career in the newspaper industry. Eight scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 are available. Download complete information and an application form from https://inanews.com/foundation/scholarships/. Deadline: February 15.

Alliant Energy Foundation Scholarship. Up to 25 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded based on participation in a leadership role in community service activities and volunteer work; academic grade point average; standardized test scores; and the content of a 300-word essay submission. For more information, go to www.alliantenergy.com/foundationscholarship. Deadline: February 15.

Best Buy Scholarship. A reward for students who have made extraordinary volunteer contributions to their communities. To find out more and to download application materials, go to www.BestBuy.com/scholarships. Deadline: February 15.

EF Educational Tours Essay Competition. Twelve winners will travel together on a 10-day expenses-paid educational tour of Europe. Application is available at eftours.com/globalcitizen. Deadline February 15.

Monsanto/American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Scholarship. Criteria includes: family actively engaged in production agriculture, average to above average academic record, minimum of 18 ACT or 850 SAT, plan to pursue any field related to agriculture. A one-time $1,500 award. Deadline: February 15.

National Co-op Scholarship Program. Criteria includes high school grade point average of 3.5 or better; complete the application including a typed one-page essay describing why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program. To complete your application, visit www.co-op.edu. Deadline: February 15.

National FFA Scholarship. This $2,000 award is for those who have been a part of a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program as well as shown leadership in the FFA. Deadline: February 15.

Ruth B. Sayre Scholarship. Criteria includes: female resident of U.S.A.; the application must be submitted through an Associated Country Women of the World/Country Women’s Council affiliated society. Deadline: February 15.

Mediacom World Class Scholarship. Mediacom Communications will award up to 55 scholarships of $1000 each to graduating high school students attending post-secondary institutions. While it is not required that a student be a Mediacom customer, applicants must live in the areas serviced by Mediacom. Applications for the World Class Scholarship Program may be obtained from your high school guidance counselor or at www.mediacomworldclass.com. Deadline: February 15.

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship. Up to $725,000 will be awarded to students across the country this year. Go to www.axa-achievement.com for more information. Deadline: February 16.

College Planning Center Scholarship. Enter to win one of two $500 scholarships that will be awarded to a high school junior and senior planning to enter college within two years after high school graduation. All entries must be received at the College Planning Center Cedar Rapids office. For more information go to www.collegeplanning.org. The drawing will be held by the end of February. Deadline: February 17.

Washington County Pork Producers Scholarship. $500 scholarship. Student must explain how his or her choice of career relates to the pork industry, be it animal agriculture, food science, textiles, environmental science, or engineering, for example. Deadline: February 22.

Dean Gerot Memorial Conservation Scholarship. This scholarship competition is sponsored by the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District.The scholarships will be presented to Iowa high school seniors to be used for their first year of education on the college level while pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture. Apply at http://cdiowa.org/ (under the Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts tab, choose Resources). The application chosen by the district will be a awarded a $1000 scholarship and will then be forwarded for statewide competition. Three state scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $4000, $3000, and $2000. Regional winners who do not receive a state award will each receive $600. Deadline: February 26.

Everence Scholarship. Students can receive a $500 college scholarship award from their local Everence office. Of those winners, four students will be selected as our national scholarship award recipients. The top finalist will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship, and three runner-up winners will receive $1,500. To apply, go to www.everance.com/college-scholarships. Deadline: February 28.

Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District Scholarship. Only those pursuing education in any field of agriculture or natural resources will be considered. Go to www.cdiowa.org/awards.html. Deadline: February 29.

Eastern Mennonite University Brenneman-Longacher Mathematics Scholarship. $1,000 will be awarded to one first-year student each year, and up to $1,000 for each of the following three years, provided the student continues to pursue the mathematical major. Awarded above and beyond any other grants and scholarships the student receives. Deadline: March 1.

Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship. The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, of which the Kalona and Wellman Cooperative Telephone Companies are members, makes this scholarship available. Should a student from our service area be selected to receive one of the 25 national scholarships ($2,000 each), both companies will contribute an additional $250, bringing the total one-time scholarship award to $2,500. Preference will be given to persons expressing an interest to return to a rural area to work following graduation. Deadline: March 1.

Heartland Co-op Scholarship. Nine $1,000 scholarships and one $3,200 scholarship. Either a high school senior continuing their full-time education toward a career in agriculture, or an existing full-time college student already enrolled in an agriculture program are eligible for a scholarship. The college of choice must be an Iowa College that offers a program in agriculture. Go online to www.heartlandcoop.com to download applications. Postmark deadline: March 1.

Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education Scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be interested in working in an auto dealership after graduation. Potential career paths include working as a service tech, business manager, marketing specialist, accountant, salesperson, and information technology manager. Applications and guidelines can be downloaded from the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association website. If you have any questions about the Foundation or the scholarships, contact Mary Cason at 515.440.7625. Deadline: March 1.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship. Applicants must be working toward a degree in one of following occupational areas of agriculture and/or agribusiness: Production, Horticulture, Sales and Service, Products and Processing, Forestry, Conservation, Mechanization, Research, Economics, Education, and Ag Health. 54 recipients will receive $1,000 scholarships. Candidate may be a two-year or four-year degree. Postmark deadline: March 1.

Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship. Available to those who actively participate in the Iowa State Fair (past or present) and are planning to enroll at an Iowa college or university. Up to four scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 are awarded each year. Apply at https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/IowaStateFairScholarship. Deadline: March 1.

Iowa Grocery Industry Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is in the amount of $1,800 for a child of a full-time employee, or $900 for a student that is a full-time or part-time employee of firms that are members of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. An applicant that is a full-time or part-time employee must have worked at least 300 hours between July 1 and December 31. For more information, go to www.iowagrocers.comDeadline: March 1.

Iowa Soybean Association Scholarship. This $2,000 award goes to a candidate who can show, among other things, current involvement with FFA, 4-H, etc., and describe future plans in agriculture. An essay must be submitted. Deadline: March 1.

Johnson County Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship. Applicants must be working toward a degree in one of the following occupational areas of agriculture and/or agribusiness: Production, Horticulture, Sales and Service, Products and Processing, Forestry, Conservation, Mechanization, Research, Economics, Education, and Ag Health. 54 recipients will receive $1,000 scholarships. Candidate may be in a two-year or four year degree program. Postmark deadline: March 1.

JW’s Scholarships. These two $750 scholarships will be administered by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. Requirements are similar to the Iowa Grocery Industry Foundation Scholarships listed above. Deadline: March 1.

Minnesota Twins Community Fund Diamonds and Dreams Scholarship. Applicants must: reside in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or southwest Florida; have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; participate (player or volunteer) with an organized youth baseball or softball organization; be high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Students planning to participate in a collegiate baseball/softball program should check eligibility and/or scholarship restrictions at their school. Up to 20 awards of $1,000 each will be granted, and are one-time only. Deadline: March 1.

Robert T. Hilton Memorial Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship is for a graduating female athlete planning to participate in college athletics, preferably in Eastern Iowa. Postmark deadline: March 1.

Veishea Community Involvement Scholarship. Two high school seniors planning to attend Iowa State University will be recognized for their achievements with a scholarship of at least $250. Criteria include a minimum grade point of 3.0, letters of recommendation, a list of volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities, and awards received, along with the application form. See your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: March 1.

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship. Seniors may enter for a chance to earn one of 30 $2000 college scholarships and to increase their understanding of college financing. Each recipient’s school will also receive a corresponding $500 award. Interested seniors should go to www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SeniorScholarship to register and read the complete scholarship rules. Once registered, seniors will receive an email with instructions to complete two online tutorials – Student Loan Game Plan and ROCI Reality Check – and a multiple-choice assessment. Students must complete all three steps. Deadline: 4 pm March 4.

Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative Scholarship. Three $1000 scholarships and a $500 scholarship are available for each of the Cooperative’s five districts. The $1000 scholarships are to be used for those attending four-year colleges, and the $500 scholarship is for one planning to attend a trade-related degree at a community college, technical school, or power line school. To be eligible, the student’s parents or guardians must be members of Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative. The student must complete a 250-word essay detailing career goals, along with an application, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator. http://www.ecirec.coop/webfront/more-info/?page_id=46&parent=36 For more information, contact ECI REC toll-free at 877-850-4343, or send an email to scholarships@ecirec.coop. Deadline: March 6.

SAMMY (Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year) Scholarship. ($7,500) Based on academic performance, athletic excellence, leadership, community service, and milk experience. Applications will be accepted online at www.bodybymilk.com. Deadline: March 9.

Iowa Association of Naturalists Scholarship. The Joe Halbur Scholarship Fund is offering $500 in scholarships to students who plan to further their education in programs of environmental education, cultural interpretation, historical interpretation or outdoor recreation. For online applications, go to www.ianpage.20m.com/JoeHalbur.html. Deadline: March 10.

James B. Morris Scholarship. This award was established in 1978 to provide financial assistance, motivation, and counseling for minority students desiring to pursue post-secondary education. Our application is now available online at: https://www.morrisscholarship.org/index.php/application. Applications will only be accepted online. Applicants must be of minority ethnic status as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and have a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have a social security number as well as being: (1) Iowa high school graduates and residents of Iowa who are, or will be, attending any U.S. college or university; or (2) Non-Iowa residents who are attending Iowa colleges or universities. Deadline: March 11.

Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative Scholarship. The Cooperative offers two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship in each of the five voting districts. The $1,000 scholarship can be used to help defray costs of attending any accredited college or university. The $500 scholarship is awarded to a student planning to pursue a trade-related degree at a community college, technical school or power line school. For more information contact: Jim Williams, Communication Director at 1-800-728-1242 or email him at jim.williams@easterniowa.com. Deadline: March 15.

American Cancer Society Scholarship. Must have been diagnosed with cancer before the age of 21 and must be accepted to attend an accredited two to four year university or vocational/technical school. Deadline: March 15.

Ben Kaplan’s Power of Family Scholarship. This unique $1,000 awards competition asks students – along with their parents, mentors, coaches, or other supporters – to contribute equally to the application process: one essay is submitted by the student and a second is submitted by the primary supporter, the emphasis on content. To apply for the awards, students of any age submit essays online at ScholarshipCoach.com by March 15.

Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship. This program recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) who help make their communities a better place. For more information, go to www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/program-information.asp. Deadline: March 15.

Mediacom Scholarship. Applications for these $1,000 scholarships may be obtained via the internet at www.mediacomworldclass.com. Deadline: March 15.

National Federation of Independent Business Scholarship. $1,000 non-renewable scholarship given to a minimum of 100 students nationwide, not based on financial need. Applicants must be nominated by a dues-paying member of NFIB, and must complete a 3-page application. Additional information is available at https://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/scholarships/. Deadline: March 15.

Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa Scholarship. There are three $1,000 scholarships available, intended to assist students with a learning disability in pursuing a post-secondary education at an accredited institution. A current IEP is required to accompany the application. Deadline: March 31.

Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarship. Five $4,000 scholarships available to be used for any accredited post-secondary or approved program of study will be awarded to finalists, one in each of five divisions, ACTING, MUSICAL, THEATRE, VOCAL, INSTRUMENTAL, and DANCE, who demonstrate the highest level of talent in a live performance in the presence of a panel of expert judges. Ten $500 Awards will be awarded to finalists, two in each of the five divisions, who are selected as second level winners. Deadline: April 1.

Quarton-McElroy/Iowa Broadcasters Association (IBA) Scholarship. Applicants must plan to enroll full-time in the broadcasting program at an Iowa 2-year or 4-year college or university. May complete application  at www.iowabroadcasters.com. Application deadline: April 1.

Professional Educators of Iowa Scholarship. There are several scholarships in this program including the Teacher of Tomorrow Award, the Marcia Bandstra Memorial Scholarship, the Educational Persistence Scholarship, and the Consumer Credit Financial Literacy Award. Check in for more information. Deadline: April 1.

Washington Bancorp Scholarship. This scholarship shall be awarded to a graduating senior with a strong desire to continue their education at a college or trade school. Persons interested in beauty school, auto body, etc. are encouraged to apply. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career, good citizenship, grade point average, class rank and school involvement. Deadline: April 1.

Conclave Music Business and Radio Industry Scholarships. One broadcasting scholarship will be offered to attend Brown College of Minneapolis, MN or to The Specs Howard School of Broadcasting Arts of Southfield, MI. One Music Business scholarship will be awarded to the McNally-Smith College of Music located in St. Paul, MN. Criteria include an ambition to purse a career in the broadcasting or music industry, a good academic record, and financial need. See your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: April 2.

Washington County Corn Growers Scholarship. The Washington County Corn & Soybean Growers are offering a $500 scholarship to a high school student graduating in 2017. To be eligible, the student must be a resident of Washington County, with plans to enter an accredited program with a minimum completion time of two years. The application does require that student to explain how his or her choice of career will relate to the corn industry. For example, a student majoring in food sciences, environmental science or engineering, will need to relate their course of student & career choices back to the agriculture industry. The scholarship is not restricted to students majoring in an agriculture field. Deadline: April 10.

Henry County Cattlemen Scholarship. Three $750 scholarships will be given to Henry County residents entering the second semester of the first year of college, and who plan to study at least two years following high school. The applicant must be from a family actively engaged in an agricultural sector. Applications may be obtained from the school counselor or the Henry County Extension Office at 127 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Deadline: April 11.

Iowa County Farm Bureau Scholarship. A $500 scholarship. Criteria: student must be from an Iowa County Farm Bureau member family; be in the upper third of the graduating class; and be in a profession or vocation requiring at least two years of college. Deadline: April 13.

Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS Community Service Scholarship. $5,000 has been designated to be awarded in the form of one $2,000, one $1,000, and four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors at high schools in the ICAAR service area. Although academic standing and extra curricular activities are important, they will not be the emphasis for this award. The primary focus will be on community involvement and service to others. For more info, go to www.icaar.org/node/174. Deadline: April 14.

Leo H. Grether Memorial Scholarship. Candidates for this $1,000 award must submit the following: a tape containing two selections of a contrasting nature; a listing of school music participation and accomplishments; a letter listing music involvement in church and/or community co-signed by the pastor or civic leader; and a one-page essay entitled, “Why I have chosen music education as a career.” Mail to Iowa High School Music Association, P.O. Box 10, Boone, IA 50036. Deadline: April 15.

The Winter Dance Party Scholarship. $500 scholarship. Candidates for this $500 award must: be enrolled in a college as a music major; submit a one-page essay entitled: “Why I have chosen to major in music”; and include documentation of cumulative GPA. Mail to Iowa High School Music Association, P.O. Box 10, Boone, IA 50036. Deadline: April 15.

American Legion Legacy Scholarship. The American Legion wants to ensure higher education is a possibility for children whose parents have died while serving our country. Those eligible to apply shall be the child/children or legally adopted child/children or a child of a spouse by a prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty, National Guard, and reservists who were federalized and die on active duty on or later September 11, 2001. Deadline: April 15.

Robert Smiley Scholarship Award. This scholarship is offered by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Smiley family in honor of the longtime IGHSAU Associate Executive Secretary who passed away in 2003. In recognition of Mr. Smiley’s work toward ensuring the Iowa Girl is a leader of her peers, the IGHSAU created a scholarship to honor his legacy. This scholarship is for senior girls enrolled full-time in an Iowa high school. The recipient must have a 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale). She must have lettered in one sport sponsored by the IGHSAU each year of high school. There was a special place in Bob’s heart for the underdog. Therefore, extra attention will be given to the application showing a specific need. Each high school is limited to one nomination. Detailed instructions and the application can be found at www.ighsau.org. Deadline: April 17.

John Culver Scholarship. Awarded to one who plans to attend any public or private, two or four year institution in the state of Iowa. Preference will be shown to applicants who have demonstrated an interest in politics and government, and who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. Deadline: April 19.

Wellman Lions Club Scholarship. Amount still to be determined. Eligibility: A high school graduating senior with a Wellman mailing address planning further education next year as a full-time student is eligible to apply. Deadline: April 29.

Tylenol Scholarship. For students pursuing health-related careers. Apply online at tylenol.com. Deadline: April 30.

Will to Win Asthma Athlete Scholarship. Grants of $20,000, $12,500, and $5,000 will be awarded to eleven deserving high school seniors. The top five winners and their parents will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the “Will to Win” Awards Weekend in July 2008. Deadline: April 30.

ACACIA Leadership Scholarship. ACACIA is a Greek Social Fraternity. This scholarship is designed to identify and reward outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated their ability to excel in the fields of academics, extra-curricular school activities, and community involvement. The scholarship is available to any male, graduating senior who plans to attend Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, or the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Deadline: May 1.

Federation Bank Scholarship. Federation Bank, with locations in Washington, Brighton, Richland, and Wellman, is offering a scholarship of $500 to a senior student with a strong desire to continue their education at a college or voc-technical school. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career, good citizenship, grade point average, class rank, school involvement, and financial need. Check with your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: May 1.

Great Clips for Hair Scholarship. Five $300 scholarships are available for individuals interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering. Applicants must write a one-page essay describing why cosmetology is of interest to them and include a letter of recommendation. Deadline: May 1.

Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest. Visit web site at www.holocaust.hklaw.com for instructions for this national essay contest. Essay must be less than 1200 words and scholarships range from $100 to $5,000. Deadline: May 1.

Iowa Pork Foundation President’s Scholarship. $500 award. Criteria: Major in an ag related field with an emphasis on swine production. Deadline: May 1.

Iowa Girls Coaches Association Scholarship. This award is based on involvement in athletics, the student’s grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, community involvement, and an essay. Go to www.iagca.org or see your high school counselor for more information. Deadline: May 1.

Kalona Lioness Club Scholarship. A $200 scholarship to a Kalona-area student who plans to further his/her education in the health care field at an accredited college. The award is based on character, citizenship, scholarship, and financial need without regards to gender or race. Deadline: May 1.

Special People in Need (SPIN) Scholarship. Scholarship grants will be made for the benefit of individuals with disabilities and those not with disabilities, but who have had to overcome extremely difficult circumstances. Deadline: May 1.

Ted Wiedenman/Iowa Association of Building Officials Scholarship. Two $500 scholarships for students planning to attend the following colleges or universities and majoring in the respective curricula: Des Moines Area Community College (Architectural Drafting or Building Trades); Inver Hills Community College (MN), Building Inspection Technology; Iowa State University, Architecture or Construction Engineering; also related programs at Iowa Western, Kirkwood, Simpson, Southeastern, UNI, Western Iowa Technical; other 2-4 year programs may be considered if they have the programs. Deadline: May 1.

West Chester Lions Club Scholarship. Each year this scholarship is awarded to a West Chester area senior student who plans on furthering their education at any type of post-secondary learning institution. Deadline: May 2.

Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship. MidWest One Bank administers the Pearl Hull Falk Trust which provides funds for the Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship. The trust was established to provide annual scholarships in the amount of $400 to needy and worthy students attending the University of Iowa. The recipient must be of the Protestant faith and a resident of the State of Iowa. Deadline: May 3.

Marek Trust Scholarship. One $2,000 scholarship with preference given to those going into health-care professions. Deadline: May 6.

Robert D. Blue Scholarship. A one-year scholarship available for undergraduate or graduate study. Applicant is to attend one of Iowa’s institutions and plan to participate in a public service field upon graduation. More information is available at www.rdblue.org. Deadline: May 10.

F. E. Skola Scholarship. To be used to further advance a student’s education toward a nursing or health related career. Based on need, worthiness, and grades. Must be graduates of IMS or Mid-Prairie. See your guidance counselor to pick up an application form. Deadline: May 10.

Wellman Volunteer Ambulance Scholarship. Set up to assist with post-high school educational expenses for a Wellman area student graduating from either IMS or Mid-Prairie. To be used to further the student’s education in a health-related field. Based on financial need, grades, and references. Deadline: May 10.

Easley National Scholarship. Based solely upon scholastic ability, intellectual potential, personal integrity, an enthusiasm for learning, or evidence of desire to better humanity. $2,000-$5,000. Deadline: May 15.

Educational Communications Scholarship. A minimum of 61 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 will be distributed to meritorious students who may use the award to fund their education at any accredited, post-secondary institution in the field of study of their choice. All high school students who are legal residents of the U.S. who have taken the SAT or ACT examination may compete. Scholarship applications available at https://www.ithaca.edu/provost/docs/sao/educcomscholarship.pdf . Deadline: May 15.

May Henry Award. A $300 award given to any student graduating from high school or college from the Grant Wood AEA region with an interest in pursuing a career in the area of Family and Consumer Science. See your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: May 15.

KCII Business Scholarship. A one-year $250 Business scholarship awarded to a graduating senior pursuing a business degree at a two-year community college or a four year university. Deadline: May 15.

Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarship. Includes book reimbursement and tuition assistance in values from $500-$5000. Applicant must: be directly affected by childhood cancer (including individuals who currently have or have had cancer before age 18 or a sibling of that individual); attend or plan to attend an accredited two or four year institution; have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Deadline: May 27.

Foster Child Grant. This program will fund up to 10 foster care students. The amount of the award is based on the school that the student attends, with the amounts ranging from $2,000 to $4,200. Criteria involves being in Iowa foster care under the care and custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services on your 18th birthday or when you graduate from high school. Deadline: June 1.

Washington/Keokuk County Corn and Soybean Association Scholarship. $500 award. To qualify, the applicant or parent(s) must be a current Washington/Keokuk County member of the Iowa Corn and Soybean Association. Deadline: June 1.

Charlie Burkart Scholarship. Winners are selected on the basis of their interest and activity in golf and the potential for future contributions to the game, then on their academic ability and financial need. Information available at www.iowapga.com. Deadline: June 15.

Iowa Golf Association Herman Sani Scholarship. $8,000 ($2,000 per year). Recipient choice based on: self-statement, financial need, letters of recommendation, and official high school transcript. Deadline: June 27.

American Legion Baseball Scholarship. Any team manager or head coach of an American Legion – afilliated team may nominate a player for consideration of this award. Go to www.legion.org for the application. The scholarship application, letters of recommendation, and certification form must be completed, postmarked and mailed to the Department Headquarters no later than July 16.

The Salon Professional Academy (Iowa City) Scholarship. Two $1,000 scholarships are available to Iowa Mennonite students. See the guidance counselor for application forms. No dated deadline.

Scholarships for Juniors

Hills Bank/Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship. Recipients apply during their junior year of high school and then attend nine hours of leadership training sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company during their senior year. They will then receive a $2,000 scholarship to be used at any of Iowa’s accredited universities, colleges or community colleges. To be eligible, students must live in or attend school in one of the following Iowa counties: Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, or Washington. The applicant must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher and demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurship, or other qualities related to community service. Deadline: February 2.

Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award. Up to $5,000 cash awards for approximately 15 Iowa high school juniors. Grades, test scores, and essays are not evaluated, but rather proposed and completed projects of student’s own choosing. Visit www.hooverpresidentialfoundation.org/uncommon-student.php to apply online. Deadline: March 15.

Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year by the Iowa Sports Foundation (Iowa Games), one to a male, one to a female, who are outstanding student-athletes that have participated in the Iowa Games and represent the ideals of integrity, honesty, teamwork, and courtesy. Deadline: May 1.

Samsung American Legion Scholarship. Scholarships are restricted to high school juniors who complete either a Boys State or Girls State program and are a direct descendant – i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. – or a legally adopted child of a wartime veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership. Samsung scholarships are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community activities, community service and financial need. Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will receive special consideration. Deadline: Usually, applications are submitted to program staff upon participants’ arrival at Boys State or Girls State.

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