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Abdelkader Essay Contest: Deadline: April Yearly 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.” Ideal for AP, TAG, and independent study students, the contest relates to global civic education, social studies, world history, English, and Human Geography with focus on culture, civility and leadership. 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”. Entry Form: www.abdelkaderproject.org/essay-contest/
Acacia Iowa State Fraternity Greek Leadership Scholarship Deadline: March 23, 2018 Only open to senior males and preference given to students associated with the fraternity. Application: With details 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.
Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism/Conference ScholarshipDeadline February Yearly To qualify as an applicant for this program: 1. Applicant must be a high school junior . 2. Applicant must be committed to pursuing a career in journalism. 3. Applicant must demonstrate qualities of a “free spirit.” 4. Applicant must be available to attend the all-expenses-paid week-long conference the following summer. Application: http://www.newseuminstitute.org/initiatives/al-neuharth-free-spirit-and-journalism-conference/how-to-apply/free-spirit-application/
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 9 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: https://www.briarcliff.edu/BishopScholar
Burger King Scholars Program : *Early Deadline*: December Yearly ~Created in memory of BURGER KING® Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the BURGER KING℠ Scholars program has awarded $32 million in scholarships to more than 30,000 high school students, BK® employees and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2017 alone, the Foundation awarded $3.5 million to more than 3,200 students in North America. Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service. Application: https://www.scholarsapply.org/burgerkingscholars/
Charlie Burkhart Scholarship (PGA Golf): Deadline: June Yearly $4,000 for 4 years Iowa graduating Senior Withing 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: 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. Details and Application: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship:Deadline: December 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: www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm
Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. Deadline: Feb. 1 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:http://grandlodgeofiowa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017_18_Scholarship_Application.pdf
Hixson Iowa State Opportunity AwardDeadline: January 1 Yearly Scholarship Eligibility:
Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by filing the FAFSA.
In order to be considered for the Hixson Award, your FAFSA must be verified as complete when application review begins (approximately January 1).
A delay in meeting the deadlines below will affect your eligibility for the Hixson Award.
Complete the following by the suggested deadlines:
File FAFSA by December 1 (Iowa State University deadline).
Select IRS data porting option when filing FAFSA.
Review and correct your Student Aid Report (SAR) promptly when returned from FAFSA or review the FAFSA status page at accessplus.iastate.edu.
If selected for further verification, it is your responsibility to complete the process in time for application review (approximately January 1).
Applicant must have faced challenges of personal and/or financial hardship and demonstrate this information in the student essay, recommendation and FAFSA.
Applicant must be a resident of Iowa.
Applicant must be admissible to Iowa State University.
Applicant must possess the potential to succeed.
This scholarship is available to high school seniors graduating in 2018 who will be entering first-year students at Iowa State University in Fall 2018. This program will provide 100 undergraduates with half-tuition scholarships (estimated value of more than $16,000 over eight semesters). Selection is based on the student's county, eligibility and potential as demonstrated through the application, letter of recommendation, and financial need analysis. Students may major in any curriculum and must maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average for renewal. Recipients will be notified by May 1. Application: https://www.hixson.dso.iastate.edu/procedures
Home Builders Association Deadline: March 31 Yearly For students continuing education in the areas of construction, architecture, civil engineering etc. $1000 Scholarship Application: http://www.siouxlandhba.com/hba-scholarship-program/
Horatio Alger Association Scholarship ProgramDeadline: October 25 To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria*: Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
Hy-Vee Employee Foundation Scholarship: Deadline Feb. 10 Yearly
HIGH SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES: Qualified students are eligible to apply every year. You are eligible for consideration if: 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 of September 15, 2017, AND Completed application form.
Personal statement describing a time when Hy-Vee made a difference in your life and/or the life of your customer(s). Minimum of 300 words, maximum of 500 words.
Resume listing accomplishments in academics, activities, arts and athletics, community service and future post-secondary plans.
Official transcript, which should include present student status (for example, junior second semester), last semester’s GPA and cumulative GPA.
Test results from the ACT (American College Testing) examination.
Iowa Annual Conference Board of Church and Society Deadline: April 2, 2018 Open to both juniors and seniors. Must be an Iowa Resident. Three winners of $500 annually. Need not be a member of the United Methodist Church nor any other religious organization. Short Essay Contest. Applications: In Guidance
Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union Cooley ScholarshipEARLY Deadline: Dec. 30, 2017 The E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award was established in 1993 as a tribute to the man who served as Executive Director of the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union from 1954 through 2002. The recipient of this award is recognized as being representative of the most elite of the superlative Iowa Girl, not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom, in her school and in her community. Her profile will reflect discipline, perseverance, character, citizenship and leadership, which personified the life and expectations of E. Wayne Cooley.Each high school is limited to one nomination. It is the responsibility of the local school to determine how the nominee is selected. The criteria for the award are as follows: Cumulative High School GPA of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) Minimum ACT score of 25 Must have participated in at least two sports each year of high school Shall have earned at least one varsity letter in a minimum of two sports Must be enrolled full-time in an IGHSAU member school Must be an Iowa resident Must attend an Iowa college or university Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA throughout her college career Application: https://forms.ighsau.org/aspx/cooley_award.aspx
Iowa's Matthew Shepard LGBT Scholarship Deadline: March 1 Yearly The program is open to self-identified Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender graduating high school seniors meeting the prescribed criteria.The applicant must: Be graduating from high school in the year he / she applies for a scholarship.
Be a United States Citizen. Be attending an accredited college, university, or vocational school within the United States or Canada. Proof of acceptance is required.
Provide an OFFICIAL copy of his / her high school transcript showing a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better using a 4.0 scale or equivalent. Weighted average can be used in this calculations. If the applicant’s high school does not use a numerical grading system, then a complete description of the measures of success and requirements for graduation is required. Complete 2 personal essays as outlined on the application form. Provide at least 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members. Prepare a detailed list of community involvement. "Extra-Credit" is given to those activities and leadership roles relating directly to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Application: http://www.leaguefoundation.org/league-foundation-scholarships/matthew-shepard-memorial-scholarship/
Iowa Newspaper Foundation Journalism Scholarships Deadlines: Vary
JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest Deadline: Jan. 4, 2018 Eligibility:The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate. Requirements
The 2018 contest will open for submissions on September 1, 2017.
Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
Essays must be the original work of the student.
John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.
Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level.
Essays about the senators in Profiles in Courage will be disqualified.
Karen Sundberg-Campbell Scholarship Deadline: April 17, 2018 Scholarship for a student with learning barriers and/or educational difficulties that wishes to pursue secondary education or may also help with funding for Opportunities Unlimited Etc. Application: In Guidance
Leo H. Grether Memorial Scholarship: Vocal Music Deadline: April 15 Yearly
Candidates must: 1. be a citizen of the State of Iowa; 2. be a graduating senior; 3. be enrolling in college as a vocal music education major; 4. submit a tape containing two selections of a contrasting nature; 5. submit a listing of school music participation and accomplishments; 6. provide a letter listing music involvement in church and/or community cosigned by the pastor or civic leader; 7. submit a one-page essay entitled, “Why I Have Chosen Choral Music Education As A Career.” Application Online:http://ihsma.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/grether.pdf
Monsanto Ag Business Scholarship Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018 The Program scholarship application is administered by the FFA. Eligible students must visit to complete the application 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2018. To be eligible, students must also obtain two farmer endorsements. Application Online:FFA.org/scholarships . Morningside Nylen School of Nursing Deadline: April 11, 2018 The Nylen School of Nursing will award a $1,000 Nursing Scholarship to an incoming Morningside student. Application: In Guidance Office
Pottebaum Technical Scholarship Deadline: April 17, 2018 $1000 for student who plans on enrolling in a technical program ie. welding. electrical etc. Application: In Guidance
Quota International (Hearing Impaired)of Sioux City Deadline: March 16, 2018 Awarded to students pursuing post-secondary education who are deaf or impaired. Also students who are going into a field of study that will benefit those who are deaf/impaired such as Speech Pathology. $500-$1000 Application: In Guidance Office
Sioux City Retired Educators Scholarship Deadline: April 1 Yearly Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two high school seniors enrolling in a post-secondary institution (2 or 4 year college). Applicants must attend Sioux City East, North or West, Bishop Heelan, Hinton, Lawton-Bronson, Sergeant Bluff, Westwood, Woodbury Central, South Sioux City, or Dakota Valley. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required. Deadline to apply is April 1.
Siouxland ELKS MVP Scholarship Early Deadline: Nov. 27, 2017 The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.
Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are 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.
Siouxland Sportsmanship Scholarship: Deadline: March 30 Up to 5 $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who are leaders in their class as it relates to great sportsmanship on and off the field. 3.0 minimum GPA. Application: In Guidance
Strayer-Rairden Scholarship Deadline: January 31 YearlyThe Department of Physics and Astronomy awards one $1000 grant each year, renewable for up to three (3) successive years following the initial award, to an entering freshman from the state of Iowa. This person is selected by the Department of Physics and Astronomy as the state's best qualified applicant who matriculates at the University of Iowa and has declared physics or astronomy as their major. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, not financial need. As long as a scholarship winner maintains a 3.2 grade point average, and remains in the declared major specified above, the scholarship may be renewed for a total of four years or the completion of a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first.Application Online: https://physics.uiowa.edu/undergraduate-program/undergraduate-scholarships-and-awards/strayer-rairden-scholarship-physics
The Gates Scholarship Program Early Deadline: Sept. 15 Yearly The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.
A high school senior
From at least one of the following ethnicity: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
The Winter Dance Party Scholarship Deadline: April 15
SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW: This $500 scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who are residents of Iowa. To qualify, applicants must be enrolling in college as music majors. To apply, applicants must submit a one-page essay on, "Why I Have Chosen to Major In Music." Application Online: http://www.ihsma.org/document/wdp.pdf
Tyler S. Bay Memorial Scholarship Deadline: March 19, 2018 Two $1000 Awards~Any Siouxland senior who will be attending a post-secondary school. Special consideration will be given to applicant who has displayed courage and outstanding citizenship in overcoming any of the challenges life can place upon today's student. Applications in Guidance
Russel Family Memorial Scholarship Deadline: April Yearly $500 scholarship requiring a short essay Applications in Guidance: Spring
Will to Win "Asthma" Schering-Plough Scholarship Program Deadline:October Yearly Scholarship demonstrates to young asthma sufferers that the condition, when properly treated and managed, need not affect their ability to excel. Two applicants from each category will be selected. Applicant must demonstrate outstanding performance in one of the following categories: performing arts, visual arts, community service, athletics, or science and have a documented track record of achievements relevant to entry category. Applicant must have received at least one award related to their entry category in addition to holding a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Enrollment in college for the fall term is required. Apply Online: http://www.schering-ploughwilltowin.com
WIT Community College Scholarships Deadlines: Vary
2017-18 SCHOLARSHIPS 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:
Valedictorian Scholarships: $4300 ($2150 per semester, maximum four semesters)
A valedictorian planning to attend WITCC should contact the college and provide a final official high school transcript or other document from the high school confirming their valedictorian status Register for 15 or more credit hours each semester Renewal for spring semester after 3.0 Fall term GPA Renewable for second year (2.5 Cumulative GPA and complete 27 credit hours during fall/spring academic year)
President's Scholarship: $2000 ($1000 per semester, maximum four semesters) ACT composite 22 and a high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 Submit a seven or eight semester official high school transcript Register for 15 or more credit hours each semester Renewal for spring semester after 2.5 fall term GPA/ Renewable for second year (2.5 cumulative GPA and complete 27 credit hours during fall/spring academic year)
Western Iowa Tech Board Scholarship: $1500 ($750 per semester, maximum four semesters) WITCC Merged Area and Partner High School may nominate up to three recipients by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . The first two nominees will be awarded, with the third as an alternate. Submit a seven or eight semester official high school transcript Register for 12 or more credit hours each semester. Renewal for spring semester after a 2.0 fall term GPA Renewable for second year (2.5 Cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours during fall/spring academic year)
College Now Scholarship: $1000 ($500 per semester, maximum two semesters) Student has taken a Western Iowa Tech college course(s) or other college courses during their high school career and has earned a Cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or higher. Courses from another college requires an official transcript from that college Register for 12 or more credit hours each semester Renewal for spring semester after 2.0 Fall term GPA Submit a seven or eight semester official high school transcript
Upward Bound/Talent Search Scholarships: $500 ($250 per semester, maximum two semesters) Successful completion of any Upward Bound or Talent Search program. Documentation from the program director to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office Register for 12 or more credit hours each semester Renewal for spring semester after a 2.0 fall term GPA
WITCC Foundation Scholarship: Up to $1500 per year ($750 per semester)
Must apply on MyWIT/ Stackable with other WITCC scholarships/grants