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 All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship

  • Iowa resident
  • Attending an eligible Iowa college or university
  • Must have graduated from an eligible Iowa high school or completed a high school equivalency diploma within the last 2 years
  • Be a first-time college freshman in the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semesters (unless you are renewing your scholarship award)
  • Must be continuously enrolled in college and continuously receiving a scholarship disbursement to renew a scholarship
  • Enroll for at least 3 semester hours (or the trimester or quarter equivalent) in a program leading to an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Iowa Financial Aid Application by March 1
  • Have an eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the 2019-20 FAFSA. (The 2019-20 eligible EFC won't be determined until Spring 2019. For reference, the 2018-19 eligible EFC was $0 - $9,064)

 

Education & Training Voucher (ETV) Grant

 
  • The age of 18 or aged out of court-ordered foster care and custody of the DHS/JCS.
  • The age of 18 or aged out of court-ordered foster care and custody of the DHS/JCS and ordered to live with a relative or suitable person.
  • Between the ages of 16 and 26, as of July 1, and was in one of the living situations described above until the age of 18. 
  • Previously in Iowa foster care and was legally adopted after the age of 16. Student will be under the age of 26, as of July 1, on the day he or she begins college.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Iowa Financial Aid Application 

GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship

 

To receive GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship funds, each student must:

  • Have a high school diploma, high school equivalency diploma (HiSET/GED), or home school diploma
  • Be a GEAR UP Iowa Program participant, as certified by GEAR UP Iowa staff at Iowa College Aid
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be under the age of 22 upon first receipt of GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship funds
  • Enroll in at least 3 semester hours (or trimester or quarter equivalent) in a Title IV eligible undergraduate program of study* at a Title IV college/university** in Iowa or out-of-state
  • Complete the FAFSA annually to apply for funding
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress policies of their college/university to receive the GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship in subsequent year

Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship

 

High school seniors who will graduate with the class of 2019 are eligible for the Gov. Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship if they meet the following criteria:

  • Actively participate in the Iowa State Fair (past or present);
  • Be a graduating senior from an Iowa high school; and
  • Plan to enroll at an Iowa college or university

The selection committee will consider the following criteria and percentage factors for selection when reviewing the applications:

  • Exhibits/Performances/Participation in the Iowa State Fair (20%)
  • Financial Need (20%)
  • Essay explaining the impact the Iowa State Fair has had on your life (15%)
  • Extracurricular and community activities (15%)
  • Community Service/Volunteerism (15%)
  • GPA (10%)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Iowa Financial Aid Application by March 1

Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Program (NGEAP)

 
  • 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.
  • Note: A qualified individual cannot receive an NGEAP award for more than 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent (effective July 1, 2015) of undergraduate study.

Iowa Tuition Grant

 

Iowa Tuition Grants are awarded to Iowa residents enrolled at one of Iowa's eligible private colleges and universities. Priority is given to applicants with the greatest financial need. The statutory maximum award is set at the average Regent tuition and fee rate, although the maximum award for an academic year may be less depending on the funding available and number of projected recipients. Recipients can receive grants for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study. Part-time students may be eligible for adjusted amounts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Iowa resident
  • Undergraduate enrollment
  • Enrolled at an eligible Iowa private college or university

Required Application

Important Dates

  • The FAFSA is available October 1.
  • The final FAFSA deadline is July 1Applications must be received by the processing center on or before July 1.

Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant

 

Iowa residents enrolled in career or technical education programs at Iowa community colleges may be eligible to receive this grant. The maximum award is $900 per year for up to two years of education. Part-time students may be eligible for adjusted amounts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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

Required Application

Important Dates

  • The FAFSA is available October 1.
  • Completed FAFSAs must be received by the processing center on or before July 1.

Kibbie Grant (Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant)


Iowa residents enrolled in specified career or technical education programs at Iowa community colleges may be eligible for this grant program. The maximum Kibbie Grant award is one-half of the average Iowa community college tuition and mandatory fees per year for up to two years of education. Part-time students may be eligible for prorated amounts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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

Required Application

Important Dates

  • The FAFSA is available October 1.
  • Completed FAFSA Applications must be received by the processing center on or before July 1. 

Robert D. Blue Scholarship


Robert D. Blue Scholarship

The Robert D. Blue Scholarship, named after the former Iowa governor, provides funds ranging from $500 to $1,000 to Iowa students who demonstrate literary and scholastic ability; exhibit qualities of truth, courage, and fellowship; and display moral force of character.  Applicants for this scholarship can be current high school seniors or students already enrolled at an Iowa college or university.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Iowa resident
  • Attend or plan to attend an Iowa college or university

Each applicant will be evaluated upon the following:

  • High school GPA
  • Financial need
  • Reference letters (2 letters are required); and
  • 500-word essay

Required Application

Important Dates

  • Application deadline is May 10

Contact Information

Michael L. Fitzgerald
Treasure of State
Robert D. Blue Scholarship
State Capitol Building
Des Moines, IA  50319
Phone: (515) 242-5270
Email: rdbluescholarship@iowa.gov

 

State Scholarships

 

1.  Iowa Student Loan Scholarships

  • Save Now, Save Later:  college Savings Plan Parent Giveaway
    • Sept 4-Oct 21
    • 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 22-Feb 22
    • 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 18-April 30
    • 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 found at www.hy-vee.com

Deadline:  February 8, 2019

 

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 15, 2019

 

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, 2019

  • 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, 2019

5.  College Savings Iowa 

  • Iowa Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is celebrating 20 Years of College Savings Iowa. To commemorate the occasion, they have announced that they are giving away nine College Savings Iowa accounts totaling $22,645, made up of four (4) $5000 grand prize accounts, as well as five (5) $529 accounts. Parents are not required to open an account to be eligible, they just need to go to www.iowa529contest.com to enter the giveaway. The giveaway will be open through October 31st and the winners will be drawn in November.

    College Savings Iowa is a program administered by the office of the State Treasurer to help provide families with a low cost, tax advantaged way to save for post-secondary education. Over the last twenty years, hundreds of thousands of Iowa families have saved for their future. Currently, there are more than 250,000 College Savings Iowa accounts with nearly $5 billion invested.

Deadline:  October 31, 2018

 

 

 

National Scholarships

1.  Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

  • Criteria:
    • must be in grades 5-12 as of November 6, 2018 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, 2017
    • application can be found at spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit

 

Deadline:  November 6, 2018

 

2.  AXA Achievement Scholarship

Deadline:  December 14, 2018

 

 

3.  Army Minutemen Scholarship

  • Criteria:
    • Currently in the Army Reserve or eligible to enlist (meaning test and physically qualified but not sworn in
    • U.S. Citizen
    • Between the ages of 17-30
    • Valid Chapter 2 MEPS physical
    • Able to pass a valid Army Physical Fitness Test (required to sign contract and receive scholarship benefits)
    • Be in compliance with AR 600-9 HT/WT standards
    • Official University/College acceptance letter
    • 4YR scholarship for non-prior service applicants require: 2.5 GPA SAT-1200 and/or ACT-24
    • 1000 SAT, 19 ACT, 2.5 GPA if MOSQ
    • Participate in Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
    • Once commissioned…8-year service obligation
    • Graduate students can apply! (Can receive up to a 2YR scholarship)
    • Be able to commission before reaching the age of 31
    • application can be found at http://www.usar.army.mil/MinutemanScholarship/

Deadline:  December 1, 2018

 

4.  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,  2018

 

 

5.   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:  Janua1ry , 2019

 

6.  AES Scholarship

 

Deadline:  October 6, 2018

 

7.  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 24, 2019

 

7.  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, 2018

 

 

School Specific Scholarships

 

1.  University of Iowa

  • Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship  Deadline:  May 1, 2019
    • 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
  • Strayer-Rairden Scholarship  Deadline:  January 31, 2019
    • has declared physics or astronomy as their major

2.  Northwest Iowa Community College    Deadline: Varies

  • Numerous Scholarship Opportunities are available in the scholarship handbook.
  • Handbook is available in the Guidance Office.

3.  Buena Vista University

4.  University of South Dakota

  • Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship
  • must demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000  or less family income required)
  • be involved in community service activities
  • display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Be a US citizen

5.  Iowa State University

  • Christina Hixson  Deadline:  December 15, 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

6.  Mount Mercy University

  • Catherine McAuley Scholarship    Deadline: June 30, 2019
    • must apply to Mount Mercy
    • must complete the FAFSA