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Iowa Scholarships

by Mary Brito | Last Updated: October 5, 2022

Important Note: The purpose of this detailed listing is to help you plan your scholarship search throughout the year. Please find information below about scholarships for Iowa students. Some of the deadlines may be from prior years. Scholarship deadlines are cyclical, so even if a deadline has passed, the website will likely be updated for the 2022-23 cycle. Be sure to reach out to the sponsor or check sponsor websites for the most recent details.

January

This is for $2,500. Applicants must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be studying engineering and/or science at their chosen school. Applicants must have permanent residence in the NACE Central Area which includes the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The deadline to apply is January 1st. Website found here.

This is for $1,000 apiece. Preference is given to students involved in the Hometown Pride Program. To be eligible, you must be graduating high school seniors in Iowa, matriculate full-time in an in-state bachelor’s program, and plan to study environmental science, sustainability, conservation, natural resources, landscape design, architecture, urban planning, or related fields. The deadline to apply is January 6th. Learn more here.

This is for $2,500. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture and reside in one of the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required as well as participation in community service, financial need and leadership ability. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application. The deadline to apply is January 14th. More info. here.

 

This is for $2,000. Applicants must be working toward four-year degrees in specific areas of agriculture. Applicants must also be residents of one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application. The deadline to apply is January 14th. Read more here.

 

This gives twenty $1,500 awards. This is available to members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) who are residents of one of the following states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin. The applicant must plan to major in an eligible agricultural field and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The deadline to apply is January 15th. More details here.

 

This is available to entering freshmen who will graduate from an Iowa high school and demonstrate financial need.  Preference is given to students whose parents have not graduated from an accredited four-year college or university.  The amount of the scholarship is equal to the cost of attendance less all other gift aid (including Pell Grants, institutional grants and scholarships, and private scholarships).  Applicants must be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class; OR RAI of 299+; OR ACT of 28+ and qualify for Federal Pell Grant. The deadline to apply is January 15th. For full details, click here.

This is for $16,000 ($4,000 per year for four years). To be eligible, you must be an Iowa resident entering UNI directly from high school and have an ethnic or racial status of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. You must also have an ACT composite score of 23 or higher, (SAT combined EWR+M of 1140 or higher), OR a 3.7 GPA. The deadline to apply is January 15th. More info. here

 

This ranges from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. Applicants must be a female U.S. citizen, national or legal permanent resident of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity (as defined by the U.S. Census) who is from Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Wisconsin, and will be enrolling in an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student in the upcoming academic year. Minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA required (or GED). The deadline to apply is January 26th. Learn more here.

This ranges from $1,000 – $80,000. Applicants must reside and study in one of these regions: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin. Applicants must have taken the SAT or ACT and intend to enroll in an Opportunity Partner College and have a minimum GPA of 2.8. The deadline to apply is January 28th. More info. Here.

 

This awards one $1,000 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 is also given to the best qualified applicant who matriculates at the University of Iowa and has declared physics or astronomy as their major. The deadline to apply is January 31st. Apply here. 

 

This is for $1,000. To be eligible, applicants must have FFA membership. Applicants are required to apply online and complete Ford Dealership Endorsement. The deadline to apply is January 11th. More info. here 

This is for applicants pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships will be given to a resident of Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm. The deadline to apply is January 14th. Learn more here.

This is for $1,000. This award is available for high school seniors who are residents of select counties in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Georgia, and North Carolina. Applicants must plan to major in select agricultural-related fields; preference is given to students majoring in food science or animal/poultry science. The deadline to apply is January 15th.  Learn more here.

This provides $13,500 to assist students who pursue a degree in a health and human service-related field. To be eligible, applicants must be members of MSSA (membership for students is free). The deadline to apply is January 15th. More info. Here

This is for $2,000. To be eligible, applicants must be a registered student in or a legal resident of central Iowa: Polk, Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story, or Warren Counties. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior who is pursuing a major or minor degree in Language and Literature, Language Arts, Journalism, Writing or Language Education. Along with the application, applicants must submit one poem, one short story, one narrative essay, and a short biographical essay including future writing goals. The deadline to apply is January 18th. Learn more here.

This awards $500 to high school and college students. Applicants must be  current enrolled high school or college students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The deadline to apply is January 20th. Read more here.

This awards a total of $32,000. To be eligible, applicants must be high school seniors studying STEM. Applicants must be a Quad City area resident in the Iowa Counties: Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, or Louisa. The deadline is January 25th. More info. here

February

This is for $2000 and given to seniors. The selection is based on academics, character and citizenship, communication skills, financial need and service and leadership to school and community.  (Do not have to have Masonic affiliation).  The deadline is February 1st. Learn more here.

 

This gives three awards of $2,500 each. This merit-based scholarship is for freshmen & sophomore men enrolled at Iowa State in engineering, architecture, and science majors. The ideal candidate demonstrates credible academics, passion for their field, leadership and community involvement. The deadline to apply is February 1st. Read more here.

Students must be first year students entering the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for the upcoming fall semester. Applicants must be from one of the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. The amount varies and the deadline to apply is February 4th. Website found here.

 

This range from $500 to $5,000. Applicants must be high school seniors or college freshmen or sophomores who are residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia or the District of Columbia. Students must also  have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for high school seniors or 2.75 for college students. Selection is based on academic excellence, community involvement, leadership skills, awards and honors and financial need. The deadline for applications is February 5th. Read more here.

This is for seniors planning a career in an area of the newspaper industry. The deadline to apply is February 12th. More details here.

This is for applicants pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships will be given to a resident of Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Learn more here.

This gives three state-level scholarships for $2,000, $3,000, and $4,000 each year. Funding is intended for young environmentalists doing their part to save the planet’s natural resources. No applications are accepted after February 17th. More details here.

 

This recognizes outstanding community leadership in young people and helps students reach their academic goals. Up to 25 $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students annually. Award selection is based on participation in a leadership role in community service activities and volunteer work; academic grade point average; standardized test scores; and the content of a 300-word essay submission. The deadline to apply is February 1th. Learn more here.

This is an $1000 renewable scholarship for graduating seniors who plan to pursue a two-year or four-year degree in agriculture or agribusiness – must be the son/daughter of a Johnson County Farm Bureau member. The deadline is February 26th. Read more here.

This is an $1000 renewable scholarship for graduating seniors who plan to pursue a two-year or four-year degree in agriculture or agribusiness – must be the son/daughter of a Johnson County Farm Bureau member. The deadline is February 10th. Read more here.

This offers $1,000 to high school seniors who will be attending the College of Engineering at either Iowa State university or the University of Iowa financial support. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens who are residents of Iowa and have a minimum 3.0 GPA for both 10th and 11th grade as well as a minimum ACT score of 26. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Read more here.

This awards $1,275 to students pursuing a four-year degree in agronomy, crop or plant science, horticulture, business/landscape/nursery or turfgrass management, agricultural communications, public relations, sales or marketing, entomology or plant pathology. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Read more here.

This awards $3,000 to students pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Read more here.

 

This funds three state-level scholarships for $2,000, $3,000, and $4,000 each year. Funding is intended for young environmentalists doing their part to save the planet’s natural resources. No applications are accepted after February 17th. More details here.

 

This recognizes outstanding community leadership in young people and helps students reach their academic goals. Up to 25 $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students annually. Award selection is based on participation in a leadership role in community service activities and volunteer work; academic grade point average; standardized test scores; and the content of a 300-word essay submission. The deadline to apply is February 17th. Learn more here.

This awards $500 to high school and college students. Applicants must be  current enrolled high school or college students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The deadline to apply is February 20th. Read more here.

 

This offers four $3,000 and eight $1,000 scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students in the fields: business continuity and disaster recovery, cybersecurity, governance, risk and compliance, and physical security. Applicants must be a resident of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Read more and apply here.

March

This provides up to $8,000 yearly for former foster youth. To be eligible, you must have spent time in Iowa fostering between 14 to 18 years old, graduate from high school with a minimum 2.3 GPA, gain admission to an accredited university or community college, and exhibit leadership, good decision-making, and motivation. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Learn more here.

These are available for animation, art, art therapy, graphic design, scientific illustration, digital media, instrumental music, music production or vocal music; both those majoring in these disciplines or participating in the associated co curricular program. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Learn more here.

 

This is for $12,000. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 and higher and a 32 ACT/1450 SAT. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Read more here.

 

This is for National Merit finalists who designate the University of Iowa as their first-choice institution. This is also for National Recognition Program Scholars (African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous) who enroll at Iowa. This is for $3,000 a year for up to four years. The deadline to apply is March 1st. More info. here.

 

This is for resident undergraduate first-year students. This ranges from $500 to $8,500 a year for up to four years. Scholarship awarding is also based on outstanding academic merit (standardized test scores and GPA) and exceptional promise at the University of Iowa. The deadline for applications is March 1st. Read more here.

This is for $8,000. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 and higher and a 28 ACT/1300 SAT. The deadline to apply is March 1st. More info. here.

 

This ranges from $500 to $10,000 and is open to current high school Juniors in eastern Iowa. This program offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills and earn a 4-H Scholarship. The deadline is March 1st. Read more here.

 

This is for seniors who plan to enroll in a mechanical or technical course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College.  Selection is based on academics, character and citizenship, communication skills, and financial need. The deadline is March 1st. More info. here.

 

This has over 100 scholarships available. There are scholarships specifically for graduating high school seniors, general scholarships for students going to non-Methodist colleges, scholarships for students going to United Methodist colleges and seminary scholarships designated for individuals following the call to join the ministry. The deadline is March 1st. More details here.

 

This gives ten $1,000 academic scholarships and scholarships for students planning to pursue Industrial Arts/Technology/Trade careers in college. The deadline is March 2nd.  Apply here.

This is a state-funded scholarship program for Iowa students who attend an eligible Iowa college/university. Preference will be given to students who age out of Iowa’s foster care system, age out of the State Training School, and students adopted from Iowa’s foster care system after age 16, children of deceased public safety workers (including peace officers, police, firefighters, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and correctional officers), etc. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Read more here.

 

This recognizes outstanding Iowa high school seniors who have actively participated in the Iowa State Fair. Up to ten awards, not to exceed $5,000 per award, will be awarded annually. No student shall receive more than the student’s established financial need. Scholarships are awarded for the recipient’s first year of college only. The deadline for submitting is March 1st. More info. here.

 

This ranges from $600 to $1000 for two to eight students. To be eligible, you must be a senior attending high school in the Iowa City Community School District who is planning on pursuing a college education to teach in K-12 schools.  The deadline is March 8th. Apply here.

 

This is a chance for 25 Iowa high school seniors to earn $2,000 for college, all while learning important financial literacy skills. The Senior Scholarship is open to all Iowa high school seniors, regardless of financial need, grade point average, class rank or intended college. The registered students with the top 25 scores each receive a scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 11th. Apply here.

 

This vocational school scholarship (a minimum of $500) is designed for Iowa students on the autism spectrum who desire to study automotive technology, collision refinishing, diesel technology, marine technology, motorcycle technology, HVAC or plumbing & heating. The deadline is March 15th. Learn more here.

 

This gives a total amount of $11,500. The program annually identifies and honors up to 15 Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish a project of their own choosing and design.The deadline is March 15th. More info. here.

 

This is for member families of Hemophilia of Iowa (HOI) with a high school senior enrolled in a degree-seeking program at an accredited U.S. college, university, or trade school may seek one of several scholarships for students with bleeding disorders or immediate family members of persons with a bleeding disorder. $1000 is awarded to individuals with a bleeding disorder and $500 for an immediate family member of a person with a bleeding disorder.  The deadline is March 15th. Read more here.

 

This provides a minimum $500 award to be applied toward the completion of an accredited, post-high school educational or vocational program of study (such as college, trade school, and so on). The deadline is March 15th. More info. here.

This ranges from $500 to $10,000. is open to current high school Juniors in eastern Iowa. This program offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills and earn a 4-H Scholarship. The deadline is March 1st. Read more here.

 

This awards education scholarships each spring. To be eligible, applicants must be Iowa residents who dedicate themselves to automotive-related studies at a two- or four-year post-secondary institution and show satisfactory performance in those studies. The deadline to apply is March 1st.  Read more here.

This range from $500 and up. To be eligible, applicants must be a legal Iowa resident intending to practice funeral in Iowa after graduation. Applicants must have completed two years, have accumulated 60 credits at college or university, and have at least one term or semester left in their program. Being enrolled in and attending an American Board of Funeral Service Education approved funeral service or mortuary science education program. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Read more here.

This awards up to $10,000. To be eligible, applicants must be high school seniors who plan to be a full-time student at an accredited post-secondary institution or continuous education program in the following year. The deadline to apply is March 8th. Read more here.

This is for $1,000. To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior or a former graduate of the high school in the Community School District of Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa. The deadline to apply is March 15th. Read more here. 

This is for $1,000. To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior or a former graduate of the high school in the Community School District of Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa. Female applicants are preferred. The deadline to apply is March 15th. Read more here. 

This awards scholarships to high school students in southwest Iowa (Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby) and students who attend to the following high schools: Boyer Valley, Exira-EHK, IKM-Manning, and Southwest Valley. The deadline to apply is March 15th. Read more here.

This awards $500 to high school and college students. Applicants must be  current enrolled high school or college students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The deadline to apply is March 20th. Read more here.

This is up to $10,000. This benefits children of workers disabled or fatally injured in work-related accidents. To be eligible, you must be the natural, adopted, step-child or full dependent of a worker injured or killed in a work-related accident during the course and scope of employment with a Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa-based employer and entitled to receive benefits under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act, Workers Compensation Act of Wisconsin or Iowa workers’ compensation law. You must also be a Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa resident between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of the application. The deadline is March 31st. Read more here.

This provides funding for educational pursuit of those that have declared an interest in law enforcement, fire or emergency medical service careers. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Application found here.

This is for $1,000. To be eligible, applicants must be an African-American, male or female, U.S. citizen or permanent resident who resides in the counties of Sarpy, Douglas, Cass, Lancaster, or Pottawattamie. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Applicants must be a high school senior participating in athletics who plans to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Read more here.

This awards $5,000 for high school seniors and $3,500 for college students. To be eligible, applicants must be a legal U.S. resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Texas. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is also required. Applicants can either submit a written essay or video essay for the contest. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Read more here.

This awards scholarships up to $15,000. To be eligible, applicants must be the natural, adopted, step-child or full dependent of a worker injured or killed in a work-related accident. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Read more here.

April

This supports the development of outstanding high school seniors who excel in the arts and are enrolled in accredited educational programs leading to careers in the arts. Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 are awarded to academic year tuition expenses at Iowa colleges or universities. The deadline for applications is April 1st. Click here for more information.

 

This recognizes outstanding athletes from Iowa. One $1,000 scholarship annually will be awarded to one male and one female Iowan. Throughout the selection process, the degree of participation in the Iowa Games will be given consideration, as well as the applicant’s display of character. Eligible recipients for the scholarship are those students who will be in their junior or senior year of high school during the year the scholarship is offered. The award must be used in pursuit of post high school education. The deadline to apply is April 5th.  More details here.

 

This $500 award is designed to assist first-generation college/university students who are pursuing a degree in a STEM field. Applicants must be a senior at a Johnson County public high school and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. The deadline is April 20th. More info. here.

 

This $3,750 award is designed to assist senior high school students who are pursuing a degree in Education from a post-secondary institution in the state of Iowa. Applicants must reside in and attend a high school in Johnson County. The deadline to apply is April 20th. Learn more here.

 

Selected Iowans receive $2,000 each year for $8,000 total. This is for college-bound high school seniors who have experience or background in golf and participate actively in extracurricular activities. The deadline to apply is April 1st. Learn more here.

This awards scholarships that are available to all Iowa students. The deadline to apply is April 1st. Learn more here.

This awards $1,000. To be eligible, applicants must be a senior (with a cumulative GPA between 2.0 and 3.5) at either Southeast Warren High School or Clear Creek Amana High School and planning to attend a community college, trade school, or public service program in Iowa. The deadline to apply is April 13th. Read more here.

This awards $500 to high school and college students. Applicants must be  current enrolled high school or college students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The deadline to apply is April 20th. Read more here.

May

This is for $1,000. It’s intended for the children or stepchildren of chapter members, but any local residents could apply. To be eligible, you must reside in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, or Eastern Iowa. You must also pursue collegiate study in the Tri-State Area (Iowa, Missouri, or Illinois), major in project management or a related business field, and excel academically with a minimum “B” average. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Website found here.

This will award a full amount of $5,000, but it will be sent to the selected student’s school. To be eligible, he/she needs to be a high school junior or senior graduating from a high school whose physical address is located in the Quad-Cities. The Quad-Cities are Bettendorf, Davenport, East Moline, Eldridge, Moline, Pleasant Valley, and Rock Island.Then, you need to plan to matriculate into an accredited college program and pursue a major in science, technology, engineering and/or math. The deadline for applications is May 1st. Learn more here.




To be eligible, you must have earned a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma, be a current DMACC student, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher with a minimum of 6 credit hours. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Click here for more information and to apply.




This is for $5,000. Each recipient of the Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship must be of the Protestant Faith, a resident of the State of Iowa, and a full time student at the University of Iowa. The deadline to apply is May 3rd. Click here for the application

 

This provides funds ranging from $500 to $1,000 to Iowa students who demonstrate literary and scholastic ability. They must also exhibit qualities of truth, courage, and fellowship as well as 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. The deadline is May 10th. Read more here.

 

This is offering up to $3,000, the fund helps low-income minority students succeed in undergraduate or graduate education. To be eligible you must be African American Iowa residents that are enrolled full- or part-time in accredited college programs, and you must exemplify Carter’s perseverance to achieve goals. The deadline to apply is May 15th. More information here.

 

This is for $2,500 per academic year, per four years. This is available to American Indian high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher who reside in one of the 23 states serviced by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Pacific Corporation and its affiliated companies: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, or Iowa. The deadline to apply is May 31st. Learn more here.

 

This is for $1,000 per year. To be eligible, you must be a high school senior or college transfer student entering BVU in the Fall, and you must make a BVU visit. The deadline to apply is May 31st. Read more here.

 

This awards $1,000 to students with an interest in environmental action. To be eligible, applicants must be a senior or graduate of an Iowa high school and accepted for enrollment as a full-time undergraduate in the following academic year. The deadline to apply is May 31st. Read more here.

This ranges from $1,000 to $10,000. This is a vital resource and community builder for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving. Applicants must identify as LGBTQIA and live or attend school in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. The deadline is May 31st. More details here.

June

This offers an annual scholarship opportunity in memory of Charlie Burkart.  It is for $1,500 per year for four years. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students in furthering their education.  It is open to any graduating high school senior or previous graduate residing within the Iowa PGA Section or the state of Iowa.  The deadline to apply is June 18th. Click here for application.

This provides $2,500 for current or future education costs. Scholarship selections are made four times a year. Annually, the OppU Achievers Scholarship awards a total of $10,000 to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement. The deadline to apply is June 30th. Click here for more information and to apply.

 

This is for $5,000. This is for students of Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals), who will be a full-time student at a school in one of the designated Midwestern region states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). A minimum 3.0 GPA is required, as well as demonstrating financial need. The deadline for applications is June 30th. Read more here.

 

This offers free tuition to Iowa students whose family income is $50,000 or less annually.  The scholarship helps cover tuition costs and is renewable for all four years. The deadline is June 30th. Learn more here.

 

This is for Iowa students interested in studying abroad in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan; Yucatan, Mexico; Hebei Province, PRC; Terengganu, Malaysia; Stavropol Krai, Russia; Taiwan; Cherkasy; Oblast, Ukraine; Veneto Region, Italy; or the Republic of Kosovo. To be eligible, applicants must be an enrolled college student who is a current Iowa resident and has been living in Iowa for at least 5 years. The deadline to apply is June 1st. Read more here.

This awards $5,000 to support undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM fields that support NASA’s mission. The deadline to apply is June 24th. Read more here.

July

This is for Iowa residents enrolled in specified career or technical education programs at Iowa community colleges may be eligible for this grant program. The maximum 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.The deadline to apply is July 1st. More details here.

 

These are awarded to Iowa residents enrolled at one of Iowa’s eligible private colleges and universities. Applicants must have an undergraduate enrollment in an associate or bachelor degree. 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. The deadline to apply is July 1st. Read more here.

This is for up to $1,200 per year. This is given to Iowa residents enrolled in a barber or cosmetology program at one of Iowa’s eligible licensed barber schools or schools of cosmetology arts and sciences Priority is given to students with the greatest financial need. The deadline to apply is July 1st. learn more here.

 

This covers tuition for many high-demand career & technical areas. The deadline to apply is July 1st. Click here for more information.

 

August

This is a state-funded program for Iowans who are recent high school graduates enrolling in an eligible program full-time OR recent high school graduates who are enrolling in an eligible program part-time and are employed in an approved work-based learning program OR adult learners (20 and older) starting an eligible program at least part-time. This program is intended to cover any remaining gap between federal and state grants/scholarships and tuition and qualified fees. The deadline to apply is August 1st. Apply here.

 

September

This awards $500 to high school and college students. Applicants must be  current enrolled high school or college students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The deadline to apply is September 20th. Read more here.

October

This recognizes and rewards high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities. To be eligible, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, have participated in at least one sport and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community. The deadline to apply is October 19th. More information found here. 

 

November

This is for incoming first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are from historically underrepresented (Alaskan Native, American Indian/ Native American, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more underrepresented races) at the University of Iowa. This ranges from $2,000 to $8,000 annually (amount may increase based on merit and demonstrated financial need). The deadline to apply is November 15th. Read more here.




This awards out-of-state students to reduce tuition at three levels: up to $8,000 per year for Alumni Scholarship; up to $16,000 per year for Sunshine Scholarship; and up to $20,000 per year for Gator Nation Scholarship. You will no longer be eligible if their residency is updated to in-state. No application is required; to be considered, you must apply for admission to University of Florida by November 16th. Read more here.

December

This is available to full-time Iowa State University undergraduate or graduate students with a disability that might cause difficulty in pursuing academic study. First consideration is given to those having eye health or visual problems and demonstrated financial need. The deadline to apply is December 1st. Read more here.

 

Recipients are selected based on one-half of family income being derived from farming; upper half of high school class, leadership, and financial need. You must be a freshman living in Younkers trade area (roughly Iowa, southeast South Dakota, southwest and east central Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin, Illinois, southeast Nebraska). To be considered, you must file  FAFSA before December 1st. Learn more here.

 

This provides a four-year, full tuition award for 100 Iowa high school students who identify as people of color or who have participated in a federally funded Educational Talent Search or Upward Bound program. The deadline to apply is December 1st. More details here.  

 

This is for seniors planning to attend ISU. There is a priority for students who have faced personal and/or/ financial challenges and have extreme financial need. The deadline is December 15th.  More info. here.  

This is a $500 scholarship for students planning or attending an Iowa university, college, or community college and pursuing a career in a natural resources field. The deadline to apply is December 15th. Click here for more information

 

This awards $2,000 to students pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business management, economics, finance or international agriculture. Blain’s Farm & Fleet employees will first be preferred, and financial need will be considered next. The deadline to apply is December 31st. Read more here.

This ranges from $1,250 to $5,000. It awards to students pursuing a four-year degree in an agricultural area (business management, economics, sales and marketing or finance). Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible. THe deadline to apply is December 31st. Read more here.

Deadline's Vary

This is $5,000 per year and is renewable for four years for a total of $20,000. This is awarded to outstanding high school seniors from South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa each year based on ACT/SAT scores or GPA and extracurricular activities. Students are chosen for Stai Honors through a competitive interview selection process. At a minimum, students selected to interview must have a 30 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.9 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement. The deadline varies. Learn more here.

This provides annual awards to Iowa National Guard members who attend eligible Iowa colleges and universities. Maximum individual awards cannot exceed the current maximum resident tuition rate at Iowa Regent Universities. National Guard officials have determined that they will pay 100 percent of the regent tuition rate, an amount of $9,274. The deadline to apply varies. More info. here.

 

This is offering an abundance of scholarships for a total of  $33,500 yearly through 11 high school, eight college, and two graduate scholarships. The amount, deadline, and requirements vary. Read more here.

This is a scholarship of up to $500 per individual per semester available to member applicants to attend post-secondary education. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals with Spina Bifida to assist them in their pursuit of post-high school education. Funds may be used for tuition, books, room and board, and specialized equipment that is required to complete their course of study. Scholarship is paid directly to the educational institution. The deadline varies. Learn more here.

 

This is a book that provides a list of scholarships for students who reside in Iowa. More info. here.

This has awarded more than 700 Central Iowa students a $2,500 scholarship to help pay for the Iowa college or university of their choice. This scholarship program is proud to annually award two $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors at every participating high school in Polk County, and two $2,500 scholarships to our employees or children of employees. The deadline to apply varies. More details here.

 

This gives an additional $4,000 award on top of the merit scholarship. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.25 or above.  Students must also demonstrate a prior history of active engagement in multicultural activities and leadership and/or the desire to be actively engaged in campus multicultural activities and organizations. The deadline to apply varies. Read more here.

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Mary Brito is enrolled at the prestigious Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York Queens College. She is studying urban studies and political science and aspires to one day work in the nonprofit sector for a social justice organization. Knowing the difficulties, hardships, and struggles that students face on their journey to college, Mary offers insight on the ins and outs of college admissions, what colleges look for in personal statements and supplemental essays, and navigating the scholarship and paying for the college process. For fun, Mary likes to paint, travel, and explore the city with friends. She will also be a programming and residential life assistant for high school students in Building Community at Columbia University.