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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

 

5.  Basin Electric Power Cooperative/REC Scholarship

Criteria:

  • must be a child of a REC consumer or employee
  • must be a US citizen
  • must be enrolled or planning to enroll in in a full-time graduate or undergraduate course of study at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.
  • more information can be found HERE
  • application can be found HERE or in the Guidance Office

 

Deadline:  February 12, 2018

 

6.  Missouri River Energy Services Scholarship Program

Criteria:

  • DO NOT need to be in a household receiving electric service from a Missouri River Energy Services member utility.
  • students must plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational school no later than the fall of 2018
  • scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing courses of study for careers related to the electric industry, such as an electrical technician, electrical engineer, or other engineering disciplines, mathematics, science, energy management or other  closely related field.
  • application can be found HERE

 

Deadline:  March 15, 2018

 

7.  Farmer's Mutual Scholarship

Criteria:

  • FMIA sponsors 20-$1000 scholarships for seniors who attend one of the  local NW Iowa high schools.  
  • Each school recieves one of these awards
  • students should have at leas a 3.0 GPA
  • significant weight is placed on the student's goals and past activities
  • application is available in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  February 28th to Mrs. Harman

 

8.  Lions Pride Scholarships

Name                                                 Number                Amount

Central Lyon Foundation, Inc.                           5                                  $500

 

DeBerg Brothers                                              2                                  $500

Graduating senior with preference to students with good grades, a great involvement in diverse school activities and enrolled at Iowa State, University of Iowa, or University of Northern Iowa. 

 

Ellen O Johnson                                               1                                  $400

Preference given to students enrolled in education field

 

Glascock                                                          2                                  $500

Preference given to students going into pharmacy or some type of Health Care.

 

Mary Ellen Roach Sinclair 4-H                          1                                  $200

Graduating senior 4-H’er.  Letter of recommendation from 4-H leader required.

 

Matthew Stewart Memorial                               1                                  $500

Graduating senior enrolling in a 2 or 4 year program in any of the following:  computer science, computer technology, game design, computer programming, and software engineering.  Any other major(s) that are strongly related to working with computers or video game design are also eligible.  Will be awarded upon successful completion of 1 semester in post-secondary institution

 

Stewart Family                                                 1                                  $500

Graduating senior enrolling in trade, vo-tech or specialized school.  Will be awarded upon successful completion of 1 semester in post-secondary institution.

 

Soehl Scholarship                                             1                                  $300

Preference given to a student enrolled in education or veterinary medicine.

 

Student Council Scholarship                             TBD                             $250

Must be a past or present member of the CL Student Council

BETA IOTA TAU Scholarship                         1                                  $250

Central Lyon Scholarship                                  1                                  $500

 

Rock Rapids Business Women                          1                                  $500

 

Appel Family Scholarship                                 2                                  $500

 

Fred Roach Scholarship                                    1                                  $300

Preference given to a talented Journalism or Government Student          

 

Harding Family Scholarship                              4-6                               approx. $1000

Preference given to an agricultural related field of study…based on need or merit

Lions Pride Scholarship                                    TBD                             $500

Must be a Central Lyon graduating Senior.

    

Application can be found in the Guidance Office

Deadline is March 28, 2018

 

9.  Future of Healthcare/Dr. Cody and Jennifer Hoefert Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Central Lyon Senior
  • Attending a post secondary institution following graduation
  • Must be pursuing an education in a healthcare related field
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • application can be found in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  March 28, 2018

 

10.  Frank Boon Trust Scholarship

 

Criteria:

  •    Central Lyon Senior
  • Financial need and grades will be considered by the scholarship committee.
  • application can be found in the Guidance Office

 

Deadline:  March 28, 2018

 

 

11.  Murray Trust

 

Criteria:

  •  Central Lyon graduate
  • applications are available in the Guidance Office or at the links below
  • Dependent Application
  • Self-Supporting Application

Deadline:  March 16, 2018

 

12.  Collins Trust

 

Criteria:

  • last name must be in the Manhattan, New York phone book (exact spelling)
  • more information can be found at U.S. Bank, Rock Rapids location

Deadline:  June 1, 2018

 

 

13.  Lyon County Soil & Water Conservation  Scholarship

Criteria:

  • must be a Iowa High School Senior pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture.
  • application can be found HERE or in the Guidance Office.

Deadline:  February 16, 2018

14.  Iowa State Dairy Association

Criteria:

  • must be a child or grandchild of a current ISDA member or be an employee or the child of an employee on a dairy farm which belongs to ISDA
  • must be attending or planning to attend college full time.
  • application can be found in the Guidance Office or HERE

Deadline:  March 16, 2018

 

15.  Lyon County Pork Ambassador

Criteria:

  • open  to both male and female seniors whose parents are currently members of the Lyon County Pork Producers
  • must submit an essay of no more than one page letting the committe know a little bit about yourself and why you are interested in being our Lyon County Pork Ambassador.
  • more information can  be found in the Guidance Office.

Deadline:  February 20, 2018

 

16.  CLEA/Van Roekel Memorial Scholarship

Criteria:

  • must be in at least their 2nd year of college
  • Children of CLEA members will receive preference in the selection process.
  • students may reapply and receive the scholarship more than once.
  • application can be found in the Guidance office

Deadline:  March 28, 2018

 

17.  Student Council Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior who has served on the Central Lyon Student Council at some point.
  • application can be found in the Guidance office

Deadline:  March 16, 2018

 

18.  Rock Rapids Firefighters Scholarship

Criteria:

  • must be from the Central Lyon School District and/or Rock Rapids Fire District
  • parent, grandparent, guardian is or was in the past a volunteer in EMS  or Fire and Rescue
  • application can be found in the Guidance Office

 

Deadline:  March 15, 2018

19.  Seaboard Foods Scholarship

Criteria:

  • must be graduating seniors
  • must enroll full-time in a higer education institution of their choice for the 2018-2019 academic year
  • application must be submitted online
  • must be a resident of of a county where Seaboard Foods operates (this includes Lyon County)
  • application can be found HERE

Deadline:  February 16, 2018

 

20.  Boyle Endowment for Nursing Studies Scholarship

Criteria:

  • must be a graduating senior from a high school located in Creston, Onawa, Rock Rapids or Shenandoah, IA or North Platte, NE
  • must be going  into Nursing
  • application must be completed online
  • application can be found HERE

Deadline:  February 15, 2018 by noon

 

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

 

9.  Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation

Criteria:

  • must be pursuing automotive related studies
  • application can be found in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  March  1, 2018

 

10.  Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship

Criteria:

  • high school junior or senior who have participated in  an Iowa Games event
  • more information can be found in the Guidance Office

Deadline:  April 30, 2018

 

11.  First Friday Breakfast Club

Criteria:

  • graduating senior from an Iowa high school
  • resident of the state of Iowa planning to pursue post-secondary education
  • participated in significant activities to promote LGBT acceptance in his or her school and/or community
  • application can be found in the Guidance Office or HERE

Deadline:  March 15, 2018

 

12.  North Star Credit Union Scholarship

Criteria:

  • must be a current senior
  • must have an account in their name at the credit union.
  • more information and application can be found HERE

Deadline:  March 31, 2018

 

13.  Wayne E. Morrow Memorial Scholarship

Criteria:

  • must be Iowa credit union members who are high school seniors or graduates
  • application and more information can be found HERE

Deadline:  February 9, 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

 

12.  Abbot and Fenner Scholarship

  • more information can be found HERE

Deadline:  June 14, 2017

 

13.  AES Scholarship

  • more information can be found HERE

October 6, 2018

 

 

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

6.  Mount Mercy University        Deadline:  June 30, 2018 to file the FAFSA

  • Catherine McAuley Scholarship Program
    • free tuition for Iowa students whose family income is $45,000 or less annually
    • go HERE for more information

7.  Morningside

  • Nursing Scholarship        Deadline:  March 9, 2018
    • must be an incoming student to Morningside 
    • must be going into Nursing
    • application can be found in the Guidance Office