Prospective Students/High School Seniors Only

Make sure to look carefully at the criteria and deadline for each scholarship and, if you think you might be eligible for a scholarship click the link to be brought to their website for more information. Scholarships are listed by submission deadline.

Disclaimer: The Outside Scholarship page is provided as a service to our students and is not a comprehensive list of all outside scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid maintains the accuracy of the listed scholarship information to the best of our ability but cannot guarantee the authenticity of every scholarship or the accuracy or timeliness of information found on any of the links. A scholarship's inclusion on our page is in no way an endorsement of the scholarship. Please use caution when applying for any outside scholarship.

* Links in crimson are scholarships received by Coe students in past years 


Ron Brown Scholar Program
Available to African American high schools seniors, Ron Brown scholarships are in the total amount of $40,000-$10,000 per year. Application materials can be downloaded from the Ron Brown Scholar Program website, printed, and mailed in for consideration. The program offers the added benefit of distributing applications received by November 1 to other reputable scholarship benefactors to be considered for alternate scholarships as well.
  • Criteria: Be an African-American high school senior
  • Submission Deadline: January 9
  • Amount: $10,000 annually

US JCI Senate Scholarship
The U.S. Junior Chamber International Senate Foundation awards several scholarships to students who plan to continue their education. A personal statement of no more than 300 words and reference letters are required to apply.

  • Criteria: Be a high school senior, Be a U.S. citizen
  • Submission Deadline: January 20
  • Amount: $1,000

Ronald McDonald House Charities
RMHC focuses on assisting studentsin "financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement" with some scholarships targeted toward assisting racial minority degree-seeking high school seniors as well as some open to non-minority students.

  • Criteria: Vary among individual scholarships
  • Submission Window: October 1 - January 18
  • Amount: Varies among individual scholarships

Grand Lodge of Iowa Masonic Scholarship
Grand Lodge of Iowa offers sixty scholarships to high school seniors who show strong service to their school and community with special emphasis upon leadership roles in these areas. No masonic affiliation is required.

  • Criteria: Be a public high school senior
  • Submission Deadline: February 1
  • Amount: $2,000

Mark K Ulmer Memorial Native American Scholarship Foundation
Grants are given to studentsover the course of four years, as long as the student maintains annual eligibility for the award.

  • Criteria: Be culturally identified as an American Indian/Native American high school senior through membership in an Indian tribe, GPA of at least 2.0, Be able to demonstrate financial need
  • Submission Deadline: February 1
  • Amount: $1,000

Iowa Scholarship of the Arts
The Iowa Arts Council is offering scholarships to high school seniors who excel in and are pursuing careers in the arts. A full online application can be found on their webpage.

  • Criteria: Be pursuing a degree in dance, literature, visual arts, music, or theatre
  • Submission Deadline: February 1
  • Amount: $1,500

The Jackie Robinson Foundation
The Jackie Robinson Foundation offers four-year scholarships for studentswho are of a racial minority. Awards are granted on the basis of demonstrated leadership potential, and financial need. A completed online application, letter of recommendation, and submitted SAT or ACT scores are required in order to be considered. Recipients are ultimately decided after an interview with a regional representative from the foundation.

  • Criteria: Be a racial minority high school senior, Math/critical reading combined SAT score of at least 1,000 or a composite ACT score of at least 21
  • Submission Window: November 1 - February 15
  • Amount: $24,000 (dispersed over the course of four years)

P.L.A.Y. Scholars for Collars Scholarship
Pet Lifestyle and You offers an annual scholarship to students who have volunteered working with animals. An essay of 500-1,000 words describing the effect of their volunteer work is required to apply.

  • Criteria: Be a high school junior or senior
  • Submission Deadline: February 15
  • Amount: $1,000

World Class Scholarship
This Mediacom scholarship program is designed to help graduating high school students with their college expenses, such as tuition and books. Applications and instructions are available on their website.

  • Criteria: Live in an area served by Mediacom
  • Submission Deadline: February 16
  • Amount: $1,000

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
This organization is offering a variety of scholarships to area students pursuing further education. To apply for these scholarships, students can visit the webpage and ask to receive contact information.

  • Criteria: None
  • Submission Deadline: February 27
  • Amount: Varies among scholarships

Hadden Scholarships
The Youth Foundation awards Hadden Scholarships to high school seniors with an academic plan for college. The online application is available only during the submission window and requires academic information, financial statements, an essay, and two letters of recommendation. Community and extra-curricular engagement is also strongly encouraged. Interviews may be required.

  • Criteria: GPA of at least 3.50, Have financial need
  • Submission Window: January 25 – February 29
  • Amount: $2,500-4,000 (renewable for up to four years)

Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation is offering multiple scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors who have unmet need but do not qualify for federal grant assistance. The scholarships are awarded for four consecutive years and are awarded to students who show that they have distinguished themselves through school and community and/or church activities.

  • Criteria: Be graduating from an eligible high school, have a GPA of at least 3.3, be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum test score of 22/ACT or 1030/SAT, show unmet need
  • Submission Window: January 4 - March 1
  • Amount: $5,000

National Presbyterian College Scholarship
Offered to members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who plan to attend one of the participating Presbyterian colleges including Coe. Students must file a separate application to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). (The student must complete the FAFSA to renew the scholarship).

  • Criteria: Must be a Presbyterian Church (USA) member, Must be eligible for need-based aid and have completed the FAFSA.
  • Submission Deadline: March 1
  • Amount: $250 - $1,500

Women’s Western Golf Foundation
Scholarships are available to high school senior girls. Renewable for four years, WWGF scholarships are awarded "on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, excellence of character, and an involvement in the sport of golf" though expertise in the sport is not necessary.

  • Criteria: Be a high school senior girl, Have continuing financial need, GPA of at least 3.0
  • Submission Window: October 1 - March 1
  • Amount: $8,000 over four years

Better Business Bureau Scholarship
Eight $2,000 scholarships are awarded to students who personify values, leadership and integrity. An essay of around 500 words is required as well as letters of recommendation, a description of post-secondary education plans, and a description of participation in extracurricular activities.

  • Criteria: Be a high school senior, be a resident of specific counties in Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, or Iowa
  • Submission Deadline: March 6
  • Amount: $2,000

Ann Griffel Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a high school senior girl who plans to attend an Iowa institution of higher learning. A total of six recipients are chosen on the basis of academic, extracurricular, and personal achievement.

  • Criteria: Be a high school senior girl
  • Submission Deadline: March 14
  • Amount: $2,000

Sachs Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
The Sachs Foundation focuses on assisting African American students financially succeed in college. Students who apply must presently reside in Colorado.

  • Criteria: Be an African American high school senior residing in Colorado
  • Submission Window: January 1 - March 15
  • Amount: Average of $5,000 per year

Dolly Ahrens Achievement Scholarship
Since 1994, the Dolly Ahrens Scholarship Achievement Award has helped fund the college educations of over 200 Grinnell-Newburg High School seniors. "Nominees… should be a self-directed person who is a responsible contributor to the community."

  • Criteria: Be a graduating student from Grinnell-Newburg High School
  • Submission Window: December 1 - March 15
  • Amount: Up to $2,500

Air Force Aid Society
Since 1942, the Air Force Aid Society awards grants tostudentswho have a parent or a spouse who has served or is presently serving in the Air Force. Applications can easily be found and filled out online.

  • Criteria: Be a dependent son or daughter or a spouse of an Air Force member, GPA of at least 2.0
  • Submission Window: November 1 - Mid-March
  • Amount: $2,000

PFLAG National Scholarship Program
Incoming students are encouraged to apply for PFLAG scholarships which are offered nationally and more locally. Scholarships are awarded to those who express an interest in service to the LGBT community.

  • Criteria: Identify as LGBT or as an ally to the community
  • Submission Deadline: April 30
  • Amount: Up to $5,000

The Sara Scholarship
The Henry & Sara Sheehan Foundation offers multiple renewable scholarships annually to female students who have some involvement in golf and show financial need. A personal essay along with an online application is needed to be considered for this award.

  • Criteria: Be female, have a minimum GPA of 3.2, demonstrate financial need, demonstrate excellent character and active involvement with the sport of golf
  • Submission Deadline: May 1
  • Amount: $2,000

Educational Foundation Scholarship Program
The Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois offers multiple scholarships annually based on demonstration of leadership skills, community service, academic achievement, and a written or video essay on what Ethics and Integrity mean to the candidate.

  • Criteria: Be a high school senior with primary residence in the counties Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, JoDavies, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will or Winnebago, AND be a child or grandchild of the owner or an employee of a BBB Accredited Business who is working within the counties served by the BBB
  • Submission Deadline: October 10
  • Amount: $2,500

College JumpStart Scholarship
College JumpStart offers annual scholarships based on student merit to students who are committed to going to school and clearly express their goals for higher education. Applications and information for the various scholarships can be found on the webpage.

  • Criteria: None
  • Submission Deadline: October 17
  • Amount: Up to $1,000

Horatio Alger Scholarships
The Horatio Alger Association awards State Scholarships - each ranging from $6,000-20,000 - as well as National Scholarships - to 106 students, each for $22,000. An in-depth application can be found on their webpage.

  • Criteria: Demonstrate financial need, Be involved in co-curricular or community service activities, GPA of at least 2.0
  • Submission Deadline: October 25
  • Amount: $6,000-22,000

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship
A scholarship for excellent, motivated High School Students with plans to enter a college in the US

  • Criteria: Minimum 2.0 GPA, demonstrate Financial Need, be a US citizen
  • Submission Deadline: October 25
  • Amount: $25,000

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
Coca-Cola offers thousands of scholarships to students who create a Coca-Cola scholarships applicant profile and then fill out an online application. Awards are for the following academic year.

  • Criteria: GPA of at least 3.0
  • Submission Deadline: October 31
  • Amount: Up to $20,000 (An average of about $10,000)

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
Each year, The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation selects 30-40 high school seniors to receive this renewable scholarship.  This highly competitive and significant scholarship includes ongoing advising from members of the foundation about transitioning to college and maximizing your college experience.

  • Criteria: GPA of at least 3.5, Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%, Demonstrate financial need
  • Submission Window: Early September - November
  • Amount: Up to $40,000 per year

The Daniels Scholarship Program
The Daniels Scholarship Program offers scholarships and personal support and mentorship to high school seniors with strong character, leadership, and desire to give back to the community. Application includes recommendation letters and a round of interviews for finalists.

  • Criteria: Must be a resident of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Must be a high school senior,  Math/critical reading combined SAT score of at least 840 or an ACT score of at least  17, Demonstrate financial need
  • Submission Window: September 30 - November 30
  • Amount: Varies between scholarships, based on unmet need

Iowa Elks Association Scholarship
Male and female students compete separately for a collection of 500 four-year scholarships awarded each year to high school seniors. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and financial need. 12 finalists will receive scholarships between $20,000 and $50,000 (for all four years) on the basis of interviews to be held in April each year.

  • Criteria: Be a citizen of the United States
  • Submission Window: September 1 – November 30
  • Amount: $1,000-12,500 per academic year

AXA Achievement
The AXA Achievement Scholarship is awarded to 52 students nationwide – one selected from each state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. From that pool of 52 winners, ten are selected as national winners and receive an additional award. Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community, or the workplace. Only the first 10,000 applications are reviewed.

  • Criteria: Be a high school senior, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Submission Deadline: December 15
  • Amount: Up to$25,000

Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarships
The Burger King McLamore Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited college or technical school. Applicants do not have to be related to an employee of Burger King. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service.

  • Criteria: Varies by scholarship
  • Submission Window: October 15 – December 15
  • Amount: Up to $50,000

Make College Happen Challenge
The Make College Happen Challenge challenges students to creatively answer a question in the form of a video, photo, essay, song, or poem. Ten awards of various amounts are presented.

  • Criteria: Be between the ages of 14 and 18
  • Submission Window: November 1 – December 31
  • Amount: Up to $10,000

AutoZone
AutoZone offers 15 scholarships to thosewho are either AutoZone employees or dependents of AutoZone employees. Taken into account when awarding the scholarships are academic achievement, leadership, school activity, and community service.

  • Criteria: Be an AutoZone employee or a dependent of an AutoZone employee
  • Submission Window: Unknown
  • Amount: $3,000
  • If eligible, contact AutoZone employers for more information.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholar Program
This program offers scholarships tostudentswho are nominated by a high school principal or guidance counselor.  Recipients demonstrate leadership abilities through school and have a strong commitment to community service. Comcast Leaders and Achievers has awarded scholarships to about 21,000 students in the past.

  • Criteria: GPA of at least 2.8
  • Submission Window: Unknown
  • Amount: Varies between scholarships