Check out the Scholarship Files in the Guidance Office.We have hard copies of some of the application forms. Most scholarships are online applications, but not all.
Check out the college and university websites. Just search for the scholarship tab and it will give you information on scholarships pertinent to that particular school. Many of these deadlines are fairly early senior year!
Google it. Google scholarships for Biology majors or scholarships for 4-H Members. Search anything that applies to your personal situation.
Ask your Counselor for help! We’d like to show you the money!
Everyone should be sure to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Go to fafsa.ed.gov for more information. Remember the FAFSA is always free so if you get to a site that is asking for payment it is the wrong site.
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Abdelkader Essay Contest: Deadline: March YearlyLEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Students enrolled at high schools and colleges in the United States are invited to read, reflect, and write either an essay or podcast interview script to address how Emir Abdelkader’s legacy can be applied today. Admired by President Lincoln, Abdelkader represents a model statesman, ethical leader and humanitarian whose powerful non-threatening example of Islamic leadership in highest moral values encourages critical thinking skills and counters stereotypes. In 1883, The New York Times eulogized, “The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world.” STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS: High School: 1st Place-$1,000; 2nd Place-$750; 3rd Place-$500 College: 1st Place-$1,500; 2nd Place-$1,000; 3rd Place-$750 The Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize offers opportunities for dialog about Islam, confronting challenges, reconciling differences, creating healthy diversity and fostering respectful engagement between all people, Muslims and non-Muslims. Emir Abdelkader was a 19th century Arab Muslim hero admired by President Abraham Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX, Sir Richard Burton, and countless Muslims for his moral courage, leadership, and life-long learning. In 1846, the founders of an Iowa community honored him by naming their town Elkader. Today, Emir Abdelkader is remembered as an esteemed humanitarian, military leader, and religious scholar who respected all cultures and faiths. Upon his death in 1883, The New York Times eulogized, “The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world…He was one of the few great men of the century. The contest presents knowledge needed to excel in today’s global environment as related to 21st Century Skills:
Combine history and cultural understanding while supporting positive moral and social skills. Utilize analytical, innovative and resourceful thinking beyond the facts. 1st Place $1,000 Essay Eligibility…The contest is open to Iowa high school juniors and seniors. Each participant must designate a teacher/mentor at their school as essay “coach”. Application/Info: www.abdelkaderproject.org/student-contest-2020/
Acacia Iowa State Fraternity Greek Scholarship Deadline: March yearly
Only open to senior males and preference given to students associated with the fraternity. Application/Info: In Guidance
A.G. & Rosalee Ireland Scholarship: DEADLINE: April Yearly Application will be in Guidance Office when made available For Students NOT in the top 10% of class but need a scholarship! Demonstrate Financial NEED. 1.Must be a HS Senior from Woodbury County,Iowa or SSC, NE. 2. The applicant must attach a current transcript. 3. The applicant must attach a typed Personal Statement as to why they deserve this scholarship. 4. The application must be completed in full. 5. Each scholarship is granted for a period of one year. 6. The recipients will be those students who want to pursue post high school education, but who may not otherwise be able to continue their education without financial assistance. 7. Selection of recipients shall be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex or place of residence of the recipients. 8. Funds will be paid directly to the higher institution upon confirmation and proof of registration as a full time student.
Agriculture Scholarships (Grow America Scholarships): Deadline: January Yearly
Make sure you’re eligible! Students must: Be high school seniors or enrolled as full-time students in college.
Plan to pursue a degree or certification in specific areas of agriculture and eligible majors (a complete list of areas/majors is available in the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Program Overviewffa.org/scholarships
Better Business Bureau Students of Integrity Scholarship:
Deadline Dec. Yearly
$2,500Only ONE application per school so see Counselor if interested
Criteria:Essay related to ethical decision making. Community Involvement/School Involvement
Briar Cliff Bishop's Scholarship:Deadline February Yearly
A graduating high school senior who belongs to a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Sioux City may be eligible for the Bishop’s Scholarship for those students attending Briar Cliff University. There are academic requirements and an essay and interview are part of the process as well. The total scholarship over the four years while attending Briar Cliff is $29,500. Application/Info: https://www.briarcliff.edu/BishopScholar
Charlie Burkhart Scholarship (PGA Golf): Deadline: June Yearly $4,000 for 4 years Iowa graduating Senior Within the boundaries of the Iowa PGA Section & State of Iowa Selection based on interest and activity in golf and potential for future contributions to the game Academic ability/Financial Need. Application/Info: http://www.iowapga.com/wp-content/uploads/2015-Burkart-Application.pdf
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship: Deadline: October 31 Yearly
High school seniors with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA may apply on their website in August of their senior year until the deadline. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 29th class in 2017, the Foundation has provided over 5,850 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $63 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Application/Info: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/
Conservation Districts of Iowa Deadline: February Yearly
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 2020 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. The scholarship must be used for the student’s first year of college education. Application/Info.: https://cdiowa.org/get-involved/scholarships/
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship:Deadline: November Yearly The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.64 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs. The application process and deadlines vary for each program. All applications must go through a local Elks Lodge before reaching the Elks National Foundation office. Contact your high school counselor for more information or your local Elks Lodge.
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2013 competition. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. Male and female students compete separately. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Application/Info: www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm
Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. Deadline: February Yearly
The scholarships are designed to assist graduating seniors in pursuing a post-secondary education in any state at an accredited institution which provides a two or four year college program. Applicants need not have a Masonic connection. A broad-based criteria is used in the selection process. The principal criterion is service to school and community with special emphasis upon leadership roles in these areas. The Grand Lodge of Iowa is looking for those students who exhibit the greatest potential to be not only of service to their communities in the future but also leaders in these communities. An applicant’s academic record, communication skills, and need for financial assistance are also carefully considered as is an evaluation of the applicant by a school official. The organization, appearance, and completeness of the application are also factors considered by the selection committee. From all the applications received, the Scholarship Selection Committee will select a number of finalists who will be asked to appear before the committee for a personal interview. Application/Info.: Available in Guidance
Home Builders Association of Iowa Deadline: March Yearly
WHO QUALIFIES: To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be a high school senior, graduating in 2019, from a Siouxland high school (if home schooled, living in the Siouxland, tri-state area), and be pursuing study in a building-related program, such as construction management, construction technology, civil engineering, architecture, design or any of the trade specialties at the college or university they attend (other fields may be approved if the applicant can make the connection for the committee relevant). Immediate family members of HBAGS (builder and associate members) are eligible as long as they meet all other criteria. Only those students planning on future schooling or education and training with reference to the construction industry are eligible for these awards. We are not necessarily interested in straight “A” students. A well-rounded, ambitious individual with average grades will receive every consideration. Application/Info: http://www.siouxlandhba.com/
Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs
The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.Application/Info.: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/
Iowa Financial Know-How Scholarship Drawings Deadline: February Yearly
(30 $2,000 Scholarships)The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship awards a $2,000 college scholarship to 30 Iowa high school students each year. All participants experience two online tools to help them understand ways to reduce borrowing to pay for college and receive emailed tips on planning and paying for college. Application/Info.: https://register.iowastudentloan.org/seniorscholarship/Registration.aspx
Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union YearlyDeadline: April Yearly
$1000 Robert Smiley Scholarship: The Robert Smiley Scholarship is offered by the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union and the Smiley Family in honor of longtime IGHSAU Associate Executive Secretary who passed away suddenly in 2003. Bob Smiley impacted youth his entire life. He began as a teacher, coach, official and administrator in several schools throughout the state. He joined the IGHSAU in 1970 as the associate executive secretary and helped build the Girls’ Union into a nationally respected leader in girls’ athletics. In recognition of his work towards ensuring the Iowa Girl is a leader of her peers, the IGHSAU created a scholarship. The Robert Smiley Scholarship is for senior girls enrolled full-time in a public or private Iowa high school. The recipient must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale). She must also have lettered in one varsity sport sponsored by the IGHSAU each year of high school. There was a special place in Bob’s heart for the underdog, because of this there will be extra attention given to the application showing a specific need. Each high school is limited to one nomination. The local school shall determine how the nominee is selected. Accompanying the scholarship application must be a letter of recommendation from a school faculty member or administrator AND a 200-word essay by the nominee describing adversity she faced and/or overcame to make her the person she is today. Application/Info.:https://ighsau.org/upl/downloads/content-blocks/robert-b-smiley-scholarship-application.pdf
Are new high school graduates starting college full-time or adult learners starting college at least part-time
Have applied for all other available aid
Plan to earn a credential for a high-demand job
This program, as the name implies, is intended to cover any remaining gap between federal and state grants/scholarships and tuition and qualified fees. Credentials include post-secondary certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. The Last-Dollar Scholarship will be available in fall 2019. Eligible StudentsThe Last-Dollar Scholarship is available to: NEW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES who enroll in a qualified program of study full-time for the fall immediately following high school graduation, apply for all other available state and federal grants and scholarships, and meet ongoing requirements. ADULT LEARNERS (age 20 and older) who enroll in a qualified program of study full-time or part-time, apply for all other available state and federal grants and scholarships, and meet ongoing requirements. Eligible SchoolsEligible institutions are Iowa community colleges or accredited private colleges in Iowa that offer qualified programs of study and that agree to provide student services (including orientation and academic and career advising) and to facilitate the assignment of a volunteer mentor if a student requests one. Eligible ProgramsBecause this list is based on job demand, it might change from year to year. Students whose programs are removed from the list will still be eligible for the Last-Dollar Scholarship until they complete their credentials or leave school, as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria. Directory of Eligible Programs
Leo H. Grether Memorial Scholarship in Choral Music Education Deadline: April Yearly
Candidates must be enrolling in college as a vocal music education major and: 1. be a citizen of the State of Iowa 2. be a graduating senior 3. submit a tape containing two selections of a contrasting nature 4. submit a listing of school music participation and accomplishments 5. provide a letter listing music involvement in church and/or community cosigned by the pastor or civic leader 6. submit a one-page essay entitled, “Why I Have Chosen Choral Music Education As A Career.”Application/Info: https://ihsma.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/grether.pdf
Siouxland Community Foundation Scholarships ***Varying Deadlines
This website has many local scholarships available for our students to apply for
Tylenol Future Care Scholarships Deadline: June Yearly Overview: Each year the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. Twenty-three years and over eight million dollars later, we’re proud to continue a tradition that supports those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. Application/Info:https://www.tylenol.com/news/scholarship
Walmart Associate Scholarship Deadlines: Several Application Periods Yearly
The Walmart Associate Scholarship is available to associates (employees) participating in Walmart’s Lifelong Learning Program through American Public University and for associates pursuing a postsecondary education at an institution of higher education that is located in the U.S. and is accredited and listed on the official site of the U.S. Department of Education (http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx). Regardless of whether an associate is enrolled in APU or another accredited institution, eligibility requirements and maximum annual award amounts are the same for all educational institutions. Eligibility Associates must meet all of the following criteria:
Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
Must be employed part-time or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior to the application due date for the award period in which the associate is applying.
Must have graduated high school/home school, have obtained a GED or be a graduating high school senior who intends to enroll in a college or university upon graduation.
If applying as a graduating high school senior, must wait to apply until you are within 6 months of starting your college courses.
Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with the required documents. (Note: Associates with other funds that pay entirely for tuition, books, fees and on-campus room and board are not eligible.)
Western Iowa Tech Scholarships WITCC Scholarships are available due to the generous gifts of individuals, foundations, organizations and businesses. Please inquire with Financial Aid regarding the detail and criteria for the following scholarships: WITCC Foundation Scholarship
Up to $1000 per year ($500 per semester) AND Stackable with other WITCC scholarships/grants