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Local Scholarships

1.  Northwest Iowa Pet Breeders Scholarship

  • Criteria:
    • must be planning to major in business or Ag
    • must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
    • must submit a written essay with the title of "What is the difference between animal rights and animal welfare?  And how does that pertain to you?
    • application can  be found in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  February 15, 2018


2.  The Future of Agriculture Ag Leaders Monsanto Scholarships

  • Criteria:
    • must be entering an ag related field of study
    • applicants do not need to be FFA members to apply
    • application can be found at FFA.org/scholarships

Deadline:  February 1, 2018


3.  Northwest Iowa 4-H Scholarship

  • Criteria:
    • must be attending a 2 or 4 year college or university in Iowa
    • Any major
    • must be a 4-H'er from Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Emmet, Sioux, O'Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Woodbury, Ida, Sac, and Calhoun County
    • applications and other 4-H scholarships can be found at https://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/en/funding_for_4hers/scholarships/


Scholarship applications will be available November 20, 2017-February 1, 2018


4.  State of Iowa Grants & Scholarships

Grant and scholarship funds are available to assist students in paying educational expenses. Unlike student loans, scholarships and grants are considered gift aid and do not need to be repaid. Below is a list of state of Iowa grants and scholarships available to Iowans.  Because each program is different, it is important to read and understand their specific eligibility requirements and application deadlines.  Additional programs are available through the federal government and private sources.

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship

Students who do well in high school and demonstrate financial need may be eligible for this scholarship. In order to qualify, students must begin taking college classes within two academic years of high school graduation.

Education & Training Voucher (ETV) Grant

Students between the ages of 16-23 who age out of Iowa's foster care system or Subsidized Guardianship program and students who are adopted after age 16 may be eligible for this federal grant program.

GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship

This scholarship is for students in the state-wide GEAR UP Iowa cohort, scheduled to graduate high school in the spring of 2014.

Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship

This scholarship recognized outstanding Iowa high school seniors who have actively participated in the Iowa State Fair.

Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Program (NGEAP)

Iowa National Guard members who attend eligible Iowa colleges and universities can qualify for assistance.

Iowa Tuition Grant

Students may receive awards for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study at Iowa's private colleges and universities.

Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant

Iowa residents enrolled in vocational-technical or career option programs at Iowa community colleges may qualify for this grant.

Kibbie Grant (Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant)

Iowa residents enrolled in specified vocational-technical or career option programs at Iowa community colleges may be eligible for this grant program.

Robert D. Blue Scholarship

Iowa students who demonstrate literary and scholastic ability, exhibit qualities of truth, courage, and fellowship; and display moral force of character are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.


Deadline:  Varies based on each scholarship/grant



State Scholarships


1.  Iowa Student Loan Scholarships

  • Save Now, Save Later:  college Savings Plan Parent Giveaway
    • Sept 5-Oct 22
    • Open to parents and guardians of Iowa students in grades 6-12
    • Fifty $1000 deposits into College Savings Iowa accounts
    • Requirements:  visit the new parent handbook guide for important college financing information and enter contact information to register
    • www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SaveNow
  • Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge:  Senior Scholarship
    • Oct 23-Feb 16
    • Open to Iowa high school seniors who will attend college in fall 2018
    • Thirty $2000 college scholarships plus $500 to each recipient's high school
    • Requirements:  register online and then follow emailed instructions to complete two online components and a related assessment.  Essays may be required as a tiebreaker.
    • www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SeniorScholarship
  • College Funding Forecaster Giveaway
    • March 5-May 11
    • Open to Iowa high school students and their parents  or guardians
    • Weekly drawings for educational expense awards plus two college scholarships for high school seniors attending college in fall 2018
    • Requirements:  complete the College Funding Forecaster tool to estimate total college costs over four years and enter contact information to register.
    • www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Giveaway

2.  HyVee Foundation Scholarship Program

  • 80 $1000 scholarships 
  • Criteria:
    • applicant must be a high-school senior working for Hy-Vee or subsidiary who began  employment  on or before September 15, 2017 or a high school senior son and/or daughter of a full, regular, or part time Hy-Vee or subsidiary employee who has a minimum of six months employment as a of September 15, 2017
    • applicant must be enrolling in college for the first time
    • application can be obtained in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  February 10, 2018


3.Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarships

  • Robert K and Evelyn M Reiste Memorial Scholarship
    • awarded to an Iowa student attending a two or four year Iowa college or university majoring in photojournalism or journalism/mass communications
  • Carter Pitts Scholarships
  • INF Scholarships
    • Iowa students preparing for an Iowa newspaper career at in-state colleges or universities
  • Woodward Scholarship
    • student studying journalism, communications, mass communications, photojournalism, graphic design, marketing or public relations at a college or university in Iowa, Illinois, or Wisconsin
  • Shaw Scholarship
    • awarded to students who are dependents of men  or women who work for Iowa newspapers
  • Iowa Journalism Institute Scholarships
    • must be interested in Iowa  community newspaper careers and who are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in newspaper journalism at any college or university in the nation
  • Iowa College Media Association Scholarship
  • Morlan Scholarship
    • Iowa high school senior from a city or community of fewer than  10,000 enrolling in a two or four year journalism program at an Iowa institution of higher learning


 Application can be found at www.INAnews.com 

Deadline:  February 9, 2018



4.  Grand Lodge of Iowa Scholarships

  • MCEC Technical Scholarships
    • Criteria:
      • must be a graduating Iowa public high school senior who plans to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College
      • Application can be found in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  March 1, 2018

  • Masonic Scholarships
    • Criteria:
      • must be a graduating senior who is pursuing a post-secondary education in any state at an accredited institution which provides a two or four year college program
      • Application can be found in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  February 1, 2018



5.  Horatio Alger Scholarship

  • Criteria:
    • applicants need to have gone through some adversity in their life and have overcome it.  
    • Financial need
    • application can be found at www.vrep.org

Deadline:  application opens March 15, 2018


6.  Iowa PGA  Charlie Burkart Scholarship

  • Criteria:
    • recipients are selected  on the basis of their interest and activity in golf, the potential for future contributions to the game, leadership  skills/community involvement, then on their academic/professional ability and financial need.
    • application can be obtained in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  June 15, 2018


7.  Central Iowa Mensa Scholarship

  • Critieria:
    • must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited American institution of post-secondary education in 2018-2019 academic year
    • must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US
    • application can be found at http://www.mensafoundation.org/scholarship/

Deadline:  January 15, 2018


8.  Iowa's 2018 Matthew Shepard Scholarship

  • Criteria:
    • must be a graduating high school senior
    • must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • must have an ACT  of 22 or higher
    • must be openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer
    • must demonstrate LGBTQ activism and community service
    • must have high moral and ethical standards and conduct
    • application  can  be found at matthewshepardscholarship.com

Deadline:  March 1, 2018



National Scholarships

1  Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

  • Criteria:
    • must be in grades 5-12 as of November 7, 2017 and is a legal resident of one of the 50 states
    • has engaged in a volunteer activity that occured at least in part after September 1, 2016
    • application can be found at spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit


Deadline:  November 7, 2017



2.  HSC Warranty

  • Criteria:
    • high school senior or college student who are legal residents of the US
    • must be living in the US
    • must enroll in semester beginning no later than Winter 2018
    • not based on financial need
    • more details can be found at https://www.hscwarranty.com/scholarship

Deadline:  December 1, 2017



3.  AES Scholarship


Deadline:  October 6, 2017



4.  AXA Achievement Sccholarship

  • Criteria:
    • must be active in  your community
    • must have overcome personal challenges
    • application can be found at www.axa.com/achievers

Deadline:  December 15, 2017




5.  United States Senate Youth Program

  • Criteria:
    • Must be a junior or senior high school student
    • must demonstrate leadership through public service in elected or appointed positions.
    • application can be found in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  October 2,  2017



6.  United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship

  • Criteria:
    • graduating high school senior
    • must be a US citizen
    • application can be found in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  January 5, 2018


7.  Big Sun Scholarship

  • Critieria:
    • must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that intitution or community.
    • apply at http://www.bigsunathletics.com



Deadline:  June 19, 2018


8.  B. Davis Scholarship

  • Criteria:    
    • This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution. 
    • There is no age restriction
    • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
    • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.
      Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.
    • application and more information  can be found at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

Deadline:  May 22, 2018


9.  Hagan Scholarship Foundation

  • Criteria:
    • must be a US citizen
    • must attend an eligible public high school
    • must be a student in the high school graduating class
    • must have achieved a 3.50 GPA or higher
    • must score 23 or higher on the ACT
    • must enrollat an eligible four year college or university the fall semester following high school graduation
    • must work 240 hours in the 12 months prior to the start of each academic year of college
    • must complete the FAFSA in 2017
    • EFC must be less than $6500
    • must apply for eligible federal and state grants
    • must not have been convicted of a felony.
    • more information and application can be found at www.hsfmo.org

Deadline:  November 15, 2017


10.  Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award

Deadline:  March 15, 2018


11.  Elks National Foundation

  • Criteria:
    • any high school senior who is a US citizen
    • application will be judge on scholarship, leadership, and financial  need
    • application available at enf.elks.org/mvs

Deadline:  November 27, 2017



School Specific Scholarships


1.  University of Iowa

  • Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship  Deadline:  May 1, 2018
    • must be of the Protestant faith
    • must be a resident of the State of Iowa
    • must be attending the University of Iowa full-time
    • application can be found in the Guidance Office

2.  Iowa State University

  • Christina Hixson  Deadline:  January 1, 2018
    • must have faced personal and/or financial hardship
    • must be a resident of Iowa
    • must possess the potential to succeed
    • must demonstrate financial need as determined by filing the FAFSA
    • must be admissable to Iowa State University
    • application can be found at www.hixson.dso.iastate.edu
  • Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA)    Deadline:  December 1, 2017

3.  University of Northern Iowa

  • Physics Department
    • Distinguished Scholar
      • 4 year renewable based on GPA
    • Physics Scholarships
      • must be incoming physics students
    • Presidential Scholarships
      • ACT composite of 29 or above or RAI of 335 or above
    • application can be found at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/scholarship

4.  Simpson College

  • The Simpson College    
    • must be an Iowa resident
    • must submit the FAFSA
    • must have a 2016 adjusted gross income of less than $60,000
    • must reside on campus

5.  Drake