As a senior, there is a lot to think about during your final year of high school. At the top of that list should be how you are going to pay for college. One of the best ways to do that is by applying for scholarships.

As scholarships become available throughout the year, they will be listed here with due dates and a short summary of their requirements. This list of scholarships is mostly local scholarships so take the time to research other scholarships available through your college of interest and national scholarships.


Helpful tips to get you started

Start researching scholarships the summer before your senior year.
You most likely will not be able to apply for them at this time but you can create a list with each scholarship you are interested in applying for with the release date of the application, due date, and the website. If you wait until spring, you will miss out on many scholarships.

Most college scholarship deadlines are in the fall.
Be sure when you visit colleges to ask when their scholarship applications are due. You can also find this on their school website.

Write down all sports, activities, and community service.
Write down all sports, activities, and community service you have done including the number of years you have participated in each. Having this list compiled ahead of time helps make applying for the scholarships go quicker.

You will need letters of recommendation for some scholarships.
Start asking for these as soon as possible. Teachers and coaches are busy and need time to write them. It also helps to give them a description of what specific information the scholarship is asking for.

Not sure if you qualify? Apply anyway.
It never hurts to apply for the scholarship and you could be the one that the scholarship committee picks.

Many students avoid scholarships with essays.
This makes your chances better at receiving them because fewer people apply. Keep a copy of your essay so that you can use it when writing others. A lot of essays questions are similar on scholarship applications.

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Scholarships & Grants

Name & Link Details (eligibility guidelines, qualifications)
Daughters of the American Revolution Daughters of the American Revolution are now accepting applications for a list of scholarship opportunities.  Each scholarship opportunity has its own individual criteria and may require specific documents to be uploaded into your application.  The scholarships opportunities range from nursing, medicine, occupational or physical therapy, law, business administration, English, science, math, chemistry, music (voice and piano), history, government, American Studies, horticulture, and elementary and secondary education.  Applicants must plan on attending an accredited technical school, college, or university.  See the website below for more information on specific scholarships.
Iowa State University Scholarships Iowa State University uses OneApp for most of their scholarship opportunities.  Deadlines vary depending upon the scholarship, so ISU encourages students to log in to OneApp early and often to ensure deadlines are met.
Iowa Tuition Grant
  • Iowa Resident
  • Undergraduate enrollment
  • Enrolled at an eligible Iowa private college or university
  • FAFSA submitted by July 1
  • Have an eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA
  • Can reapply annually

 

Kibbie Grant (Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant)
  • Iowa Resident
  • Enrolled in at least 3 credit hours in a qualified program of study (of at least 15 weeks duration)
  • Enrolled at an Iowa community college
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Could cover up to two years of education
  • Must complete FAFSA
Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant
  • Iowa Resident
  • Enrolled in at least 3 credit hours in a qualified program of study (of at least a 15-week duration)
  • Enrolled at an Iowa community college
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must complete FAFSA
Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship
  • New HS grads who enroll in a qualified program of study full-time or enroll in an eligible program part-time along with an approved work-based learning program for the fall immediately following high school graduation, apply for all other available state and federal grants and scholarships and meet ongoing requirements.  Must file the FAFSA
Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship
  • Iowa Resident
  • Member of an Iowa Army or Air National Guard unit for each term the member receives benefits
  • Satisfactorily complete required Guard training
  • Maintain satisfactory performance of Guard duty
  • Pursue a certificate or undergraduate degree at an eligible Iowa college or university (students with BA degrees are not eligible to participate even if pursuing a second BA degree) and maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Must file the FAFSA and the Iowa Financial Aid Application
All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
  • State-funded scholarship program for Iowa students who attend an eligible Iowa college/university
  • Priority is given for certain eligible individuals (see link)
  • Must file the FAFSA and the Iowa Financial Aid Application by March 1
  • Renewable
Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship
  • Actively participate in the Iowa State Fair (past or present)
  • Be a graduating senior from an Iowa high school
  • Plan to enroll at an Iowa college or university
  • Selection committee criteria
  • Must file the FAFSA and the Iowa Financial Aid Application
Hagan Scholarship The Hagan Scholarship will help pay the unmet financial need of the eligible recipient, up to $6,000 each semester for up to 8 consecutive semesters (Up to $48,000 over four year). Eligibility requirements:

  • ACT and SAT scores are not required
  • Must attend an eligible public high school (Colfax-Mingo is eligible)
  • FAFSA EFC must not exceed $6,500
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must have achieved a 3.75 CGPA based on a 4.0 scale
  • Must be ranked by the school and in the top 20% of the high school graduating class
  • Must enroll at an eligible four-year college or university the first semester following high school graduation
  • Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each year of college
  • Must apply for eligible federal and state grants
  • Must not have a felony conviction

 

College Board College Board ( a reputable scholarship source) will be randomly selecting 200 students to receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Drawings are held October through February.  More details on their site.  The requirements are:

  • Create an account on their site and fill out the FAFSA
Catherine McAuley Scholarship (Mount Mercy University) The Catherine McAuley Scholarship provides free tuition to Iowa students whose family income is $50,000 or less annually.  These scholarships are renewable for up to four years and students are automatically considered upon admittance to Mounty Mercy.  To be eligible, students simply need to:

  • Be an Iowa resident and graduate from an Iowa high school
  • Be admitted as a new freshmen to Mount Mercy
  • Reside all four years on Mount Mercy’s campus during the academic year
  • Participate in Mount Mercy’s College Success Program during their first year on campus
  • File the FAFSA prior to July 1 (first year) and May 1 (subsequent years) that shows family income of $50,0000 or less and Pell Grant eligibility
National FFA Scholarship This scholarship is open to seniors enrolled as a full-time student in college with plans to pursue a degree or certification in specific areas of agriculture and eligible majors (listed on their website).  Application deadline is January 14, 2021. Requirements are:

  • Minimum GPA 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Obtain two endorsements from Eligible Farmers
  • Students do not have to be FFA members to apply
ClaimAid Star Student Scholarship of Iowa This $2,000 one-time grant award is for a graduating special education senior who is planning to attend college.  Application deadline is January 15, 2021.
ClaimAid Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa This one-time grant opportunity of $2,000 will be awarded to one graduating senior who is planning to study Education, specifically Special Education.  Application deadline is January 15, 2021.
Des Moines Women’s Club Scholarships The Des Moines Women’s Club is offering 17 scholarships for the 2021-22 school year.  Application deadline is January 15, 2021. 

  • Applicants must be legal residents of, or full-time registered students in Polk, Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story, or Warren County.
  • Applicants can apply for only ONE scholarship per year.
  • There are some additional requirements for each scholarship.
Grand Iowa Masonic Scholarships The Grand Lodge of Iowa will be awarding up to sixty scholarships to high school seniors who will graduate this academic year from a public high school within the state of Iowa.  Applicants do not need to have a Masonic connection.  Scholarship amount will vary.  Application must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2021.
Iowa National Guard Officers Auxiliary Scholarship This scholarship is open to dependents of an Iowa National Guard Member (current or retired).  Student Applicants need to be a graduating senior or incoming freshman, and pursuing  a 2 or 4 year degree or a certificate program. Application deadline is February 1, 2021.
Army ROTC Scholarships This scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program.  Application deadline is February 4, 2021.  Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • ACT score of 19
  • Meet physical standards
  • Accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in Army Reserve or Army National Guard with an eight year service commitment.
Conservation Districts of Iowa Scholarship CDI is partnering with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to foster the higher education endeavors of Iowa students interested in conservation and agriculture by offering scholarships.  Iowa High School Class of 2021 students pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture qualifies for the Conservation Scholarship.  While this is a wide field and many studies qualify, preference will be given to students pursuing programs of study in conservation.  Application deadline is Friday, February 12, 2021.

Jasper County Arts Connection Scholarship This scholarship is available for students who are planning to pursue a lifelong career, hobby, or interest in the arts.  We are looking for students who have been involved in the arts (choir, band, visual arts, drama…) in high school, and plan to be involved throughout college.  We do ask the students to turn in 5-10 pieces of visual art, or 1-3 recordings (no more than 10 minutes combined).  We do prefer solo recordings, but group performances will also be accepted.  We understand not all students are comfortable doing solo performances, or will be doing solos as adults. Click on the link to the left for the application and instructions. Application deadline is February 17, 2021.
Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge Scholarship Enter to win one of 30 scholarships of $2,000.  High school seniors should register online with a personal email address.  Registered students will receive an email containing instructions and links to the required elements. To qualify, students will be required to:

  • Complete two online tools that provide tips and information about paying for college.
  • Complete a related assessment created by Iowa Student Loan to test each student’s understanding of the concepts presented in the online tools.  Scholarships will be presented to the highest scorers on the assessment.
  • If it is necessary to break a tie, applicants will complete and submit a separate component.
  • Students must complete these steps by 4:00pm on Friday, February 26, 2021.
Iowa Farm Bureau Scholarship The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation will award 27 graduating high school seniors from Iowa (three from each of IFBF’s nine districts) a $2,500 scholarship, renewable for four years (up to $10,000).  Eligibility requirements:

  • Scholarships reserved for current IFB members or their children in good standing with the organization
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Accepted into an accredited higher education institution, including community colleges and technical schools
  • Applications must be postmarked on or before February 26, 2021
Grand Lodge Technical Scholarship The Grand Lodge of Iowa is offering the “Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarship”.  Scholarships will be awarded to a number of graduating Iowa high school seniors who plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College.  Application must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2021.
Amvets Scholarships (for children or grandchildren of Veterans/Active Duty)
  • Application due April 30, 2021
  • Must be a child or grandchild of a veteran or active duty service member, including Guard and Reserve.
  • Must be a current high school senior
  • Visit the link for information regarding the necessary forms you will need to apply
Christina Hixson Opportunity Award This scholarship is currently available to high school seniors graduating in 2020 who will be entering as a first-year student at Iowa State University in Fall 2020.  This program will provide 100 undergraduates with half-tuition scholarships (estimated value of more than $17,000 over eight semesters).  Application deadline is December 15.  Eligibility requirements:

  • Must have faced challenges of personal and/or financial hardship and demonstrate this information in the student essay, recommendation and FAFSA.
  • Must be a resident of Iowa, one winner per county
  • Admissible to Iowa State University
  • Applicant must possess the potential to succeed
Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship The Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship awards a $5,000 scholarship. Application deadline is May 3, 2021. Eligibility requirements:

  • of the Protestant faith
  • resident of the State of Iowa
  • attending the University of Iowa full-time
PB & J Scholarship The PB&J scholarship awards $500-$1000 to students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically (High GPA is not needed to qualify.) Examples of personal challenges are medical issues, peer issues, and family issues.  Application deadline is May 31, 2021.  Priority deadline is December 31, 2020. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • High school senior attending a 2-year or 4-year college in the U.S.
  • Applicants must submit an application, transcript, and 1 letter of recommendation required (2 preferred)

 

Charlie Burkart Scholarship (Iowa PGA Section Foundation) The Iowa PGA Section annually awards a college scholarship in memory of Iowa Golf Hall of Famer, Charlie Burkart, PGA member for 49 years and head professional at the Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids for 42 years.  The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students in furthering their education.  At least one high school graduate will be the 2021 recipient of $1500 per year for four years.  Deadline of June 18,2021. Scholarship winners are based on:

  • interest and activity in golf, the potential for future contributions to the game
  • leadership skills/community involvement
  • academic/professional ability and financial need.