Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

**Looking to get ahead? - Peruse the 2017-2018 Scholarship List. Once new applications and deadlines have been announced - they will be added below. Please note that some scholarships may not be available from year to year. 

Local and Statewide Scholarships 

  • Horatio Alger Scholarship 
    • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2019 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
    • Be a United States citizen
    • Deadline - October 25, 2018
  • ACT College and Career Readiness Champion Scholarship
    • High school seniors who have overcome challenges and can articulate their education and/or career actions. 
    • At a minimum, students must have a composite ACT® score of 22 on a single test date OR a Gold ACT® WorkKeys®National Career Readiness Certificate®.
    • Deadline - October 31, 2018
  • Elks National Foundation: Most Valuable Student 
    • Deadline - November 15, 2018
  • Hagan Foundation Scholarship 
    • --Must be a U.S. Citizen.
      --Must attend an Eligible Public High School.
      --Must be a student in the 2019 high school graduating class.
      --Must have achieved a high school Cummulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
      --Must have scored 23 or higher on the ACT (Composite Score) or 1,200 on the SAT.
      --Must enroll at an eligible four-year college the first semester following high school graduation.
      --Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of college; from August 2018 to August 2019.
      --Must complete the FAFSA in 2018 using 2017 tax return information; the EFC must not exceed $6,500.
      --Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants.
      --Must not have been convicted of a felony.
      --The intended recipient of a Hagan Scholarship is a high achieving self-motivated student in need of financial    assistance in order to attend college
    • Deadline - November 15, 2018
  • Iowa College Student Aid Commission
    • Grants & Scholarships for students once applied for FAFSA
  • Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship
    • To qualify for the scholarship, students must:
      • Register online Oct. 22, 2018–Feb. 22, 2019.
      • Complete two online financial literacy tutorials and a related online assessment created by Iowa Student Loan.
  • Rove Pest Control Scholarship
    • Deadline - December 31, 2018
  • National Wild Turkey Federation's - Dr. James Earl Kennamer Scholarship
    • Eligibility Flyer
    • Local Chapter
      • Ottumwa, IA
      • Wapello County Struttin' Toms, IA
      • For information on this chapter, contact:
    • Deadline - January 1, 2019 
  • Iowa School Counselor Association High School Senior Scholarship 
    • For 12th grade students attending a high school in Iowa
    • Applicants must submit a 250 word (maximum) essay about a school counselor who made a difference during their K-12 career.
    • The winner will be announced during National School Counseling Week.
    • Deadline - January 4, 2019
  • United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship 
    • Must be sent to: 
      • John Buttolph #46346
      • 2823 Northwood Drive 
      • Ames, IA 50010
    • Deadline - January 11, 2019 
  • NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship
    • Applicant must be a senior in high school
    • Applicant must have achieved at least two (2) of the following: (a) minimum of B+ average; (b)ranked in the top 25% of class; (c) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1100 (Math and Reading)
    • Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
    • Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
    • Applicant must complete attached scholar/essay application
    • Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
    • School athletic administrator/director must be an NIAAA member and a member of their respective state athletic administrators association
    • The principal or athletic administrator/director must sign the application to ensure that the academic information submitted is accurate
    • All hard copy materials must be postmarked or electronic materials sent to the NIAAA Liaison in your respective state by your states deadline.
      • **Make sure to have your application signed by Mr. Maas or Mr. Egbert 
      • **Recommendations - make sure your give them plenty of time to write them and sign the application
    • Deadline - January 30, 2019
  • Grand Lodge of Iowa - Masonic Scholarship Application
    • Applicants need not to have a Masonic connection 
    • Deadline - February 1, 2019
  • Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarsips
    • For seniors planning to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accreditied Iowa Community College
    • Deadline - Postmarked no later than March 1, 2019
  • Charlie Burkart Scholarship - Iowa PGA Foundation
    • Deadline - June 14, 2019


College Specific Scholarships

These are example scholarship and financial aid websites for different colleges around the state of Iowa. All universities and colleges will have a website similar to these examples. These colleges are our most popular amoungst the senior class. 

Central College

Coe College

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

Grandview University

Hawkeye Community College

Indian Hills Community College

Iowa State University

Kirkwood Community College

Southeastern Community College

The University of Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa

William Penn University

National Scholarships