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Both Prospective & Current College Students

Both Prospective and Current Students

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.

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JANUARY

Avant-Garde Moving Scholarship

Write a 1500-2000 word essay for a prompt based on innovation in business

Criteria: Must be studying business, logistics, hospitality, HR, marketing or related fields, with a minimum 3.5 GPA
Submission Deadline: January 1
Amount: $1,000

Unity Point Health Trinity Scholarships

Unity Point Health is offering several scholarships to help further education. An overview of the different scholarships can be found on the webpage.

Criteria: Varies among scholarships
Submission Deadline: January 6
Amount: Varies among scholarships

Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

A collection of scholarships available to Asian and Pacific Islander students studying and living in the United States

Criteria: Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity, Cumulative GPA of 2.7
Submission Window: September 21 - January 11
Amount: $2,500-$20,000

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships

HSF Scholarships are reserved solely for Hispanic students seeking a college education though the organization offers several scholarships with varying criteria. We encourage you to watch for updated scholarship info throughout your scholarship search.

Criteria: GPA of at least 3.0, Be a Hispanic student
Submission Deadline: January 15 (may vary)
Amount: Varies between scholarships

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program For People With Disabilities

Wells Fargo has committed $1 million to awarding this scholarship for the next four years in order to help people with disabilities obtain the education needed to succeed. Scholarships are awarded to both full-time and half-time students, and are renewable. An essay submission is needed.

Criteria: Have an identified disability, Have a G.P.A. of at least 3.0
Submission Deadline: January 17 or until 700 applications are submitted
Amount: Up to $2,500

Des Moines Women’s Club Scholarships

The Des Moines Women’s Club offers scholarships to students primarily on the basis of his/her area of study and on being female, though some are offered to any student regardless of sex or major. There are 13 scholarships in total, each of which has its own application. Students may only apply to a single DMWC scholarship. We encourage you to glance at the easy-to-access eligibility requirements and applications for each of these scholarships and apply to the one best suited for you.

Criteria: Varies between scholarships
Submission Deadline: January 20
Amount: $1,000-1,500

MOPH Scholarship Program

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) awards approximately 80 scholarships a year. To apply, students must submit an essay of 300-400 words answering the prompt listed on their website.

Criteria: Be a purple heart recipient (or spouse or direct lineal descendant ) who is also a member of MOPH OR be the spouse, widow/widower, or direct lineal descendant of a service member killed-in-action or who died of wounds, have a GPA of at least 2.75
Submission Deadline: January 27
Amount: $2,500

Point Foundation National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund

Point is currently supporting 80 full-time undergraduate and graduate scholars; each scholar is paired with a mentor who advises the scholar on education and career decisions, and also helps guide them through the completion of an annual community service project.

Criteria: Identify as a LGBTQ student
Submission Window: November 1 - January 30
Amount: Up to $10,000

BikesReviewed Scholarship

A scholarship, with special consideration to students pursuing education in fitness, health, and sports, involving filming a video or writing an 800 -100 word essay about cycling

Criteria: Accepted into a full-time institution in the US, UK, or Canada
Submission Deadline: January 31, June 30
Amount: $1,500

Buenas Opiniones Scholarship

This annual scholarship is offered to a student who submits a 500 – 1,000 word essay on the struggles of being a Latino student. The award is offered twice a year and applicants can re-apply and win up to four times.

Criteria: Be of Hispanic heritage, have a minimum GPA of 3.0
Submission Deadline: January 31, August 31
Amount: $2,500


FEBRUARY

Iowa National Guard Officers Auxiliary 2018 Student Scholarship

A scholarship for children or grandchildren of members or affiliates of the Iowa National Guard, involving a 500 word or less essay on you have learned from the National Guard member in your life.

Criteria: Iowa students who have a parent or grandparents affiliated with the Iowa National Guard
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2019
Amount: $1,000

National FFA Scholarship Program

The National FFA Organization has $2 million available - more than 1500 individual awards - to assist students across the country pay for their college educations. One in every five students who apply are said to receive scholarships.

Criteria: Be an FFA member, but can also apply if not an FFA member 
Submission Deadline: February 1
Amount: Varies between scholarships (Student has received $1,000)

Helen M. McLorain Figure Skating

The Pioneer Fund aims to assist current and former amateur and professional ice skaters who have previously dedicated their lives to skating. In 2013, forty scholarships were awarded.

Criteria: Have competed at least once in a U.S. Figure Skating competition
Submission Deadline: Mid-February
Amount: Varies $3,000-$7,000

Daughters of the American Revolution

Daughters of the American Revolution offer several scholarships to students who fill out the necessary application materials which are easily downloadable from their website. Scholarships each have their own criteria based on area of study or on personal heritage as an American Indian. Financial need is taken into account for each scholarship.

Criteria: Varies between scholarships
Submission Window: August 1 - February 15
Amount: Varies between scholarships

Fahrney Education Foundation Scholarship

A scholarship for Wapello County, Iowa residents who will be attending college/university in Iowa

Criteria: Resident of Wapello County, Iowa, be attending college in Iowa
Submission Deadline: February 15
Amount: $2,500

AACE International Scholarship

A competitive scholarship for students pursuing a program related to cost engineering/cost management

Criteria: Minimum 3.0 GPA pursuing a degree in construction, business, engineering, Computer Science, IT, or quantity surveying
Submission Window: January 1 - February 28
Amount: Scholarship amounts determined individually


MARCH

NANBPWC Scholarships

A collection of scholarships for African American Women

Criteria: Depends on the Scholarship
Submission Window: January 1 - March 1
Amount: Varies

American Chemical Society Scholarship

The American Chemical Society provides a scholarship for minority students interested in chemical science related fields

Criteria: Be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian, have a 3.0+ GPA, and pursue an interest in the field of chemistry and chemical sciences, but you must not be on the pre-med track
Submission Window: November 1 - March 1
Amount: $2,500 - $5,000

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

A scholarship available to children of fallen post-9/11 service members and post-9/11 veterans VA-rated 50% or higher disabled

Criteria: Children of fallen or disables post-9/11 service members
Submission Deadline: March 1
Amount: Up to $20,000

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers significant, renewable awards to children of current and past Marines. If eligible, a student can apply by filling out an application on their website and submitting specified financial documents.

Criteria: Be a child of a current U.S. Marine or Navy Corpsman or a veteran, Have a GPA of at least 2.0, Demonstrate financial need
Submission Window: January 1 - March 2
Amount: $1,500-$10,000 per academic year

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

This very untraditional scholarship is awarded solely on the basis of a visual image to be used for a greeting card. More details can be found on their website and their easily accessed entry form.

Criteria: None
Submission Window: May 31 - March 1
Amount: $10,000

Account Control Technology Foundation Scholarships

ACT offers two scholarships, the ACT Cares Community Scholarship and the ACT Foundation Second-Year Scholarship. Potential applicants for the two scholarships are, respectively, high school seniors and first year college students. A total of twenty-five of each scholarship—for a total of fifty—are awarded each year to students nationwide.

Criteria: Be a high school senior or a first-year college student, Be from one of the communities listed on their webpage
Submission Window: January - March 15
Amount: $1,000

Foster Care to Success

Foster Care to Success provides both Education Training Vouchers of $5,000 (in select states) and general awards which are renewable for up to five years.

Criteria: Have been in a foster care and fulfill more specific requirement listed on their webpage.
Submission Window: January 1 -  March 31
Amount: $1,500-6,000 per academic year

Folds of Honor Scholarship

The Folds of Honor Foundation offers scholarships annually to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in service of the United States.

Criteria: Must be the spouse or child or a service member in the U.S. armed forces who was killed while in service, died as a result of injuries sustained, is a POW or MIA, or was awarded a Purple Heart
Submission Window: January 1 - March 31
Amount: Varies between scholarships

Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarship

A scholarship supporting gay men going into or in college

Criteria: Be a US citizen and a gay male
Submission Deadline: March 31
Amount: $1,000 - $2,500

Mary Greeley Medical Center Scholarships

In the search bar in the top right corner, search “scholarship” and click on the first result, titled “Scholarship Opportunities.”  The scholarships listed are reserved for students pursuing degrees in nursing or in another health-related career.

Criteria: Varies between scholarships
Submission Deadline: March
Amount: Varies between scholarships

SFM Foundation Scholarship

The SFM Foundation offers scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working in Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin and who are eligible for workers’ compensation. Students must demonstrate financial aid.

Criteria: Be the natural, adopted, step child, or full dependent of a worker injured or killed in a work-related accident
Submission Deadline: March 31
Amount: Up to $10,000

Earth’s Lab Scholarship

For students interested in medicine or the pursuit of a career in the healthcare industry involving a 500 word essay answering one of two questions.

Criteria: Interest in medicine or health
Submission Deadline: March 31
Amount: $1,000

Cobell Scholarship

Indigenous Education Inc. offers six different scholarships annually, each specific to a certain type of student (undergraduate, graduate, vocational, etc.). These scholarships are offered to indigenous students who are planning to, or are pursuing a vocational degree, an undergraduate degree, or a graduate degree.

Criteria: Be an enrolled member of a US Federally recognized Tribe
Submission Deadline: March 31, May 5
Amount: Varies


APRIL

Des Moines Mothers of Multiples Scholarship

The Des Moines Mothers of Multiples is awarding one scholarship to a student who is a multiple birth and who completes the application found on their website.

Criteria: Be a multiple birth (twin, triplet, etc.), Be a resident of Iowa, Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
Submission Deadline: April 1
Amount: $500

Mercy Medical Center Scholarships

Mercy Medical Center offers two scholarships—the New Hampton Auxiliary Scholarship and the Vianna Holschlag Nursing Scholarship—which are offered, respectively, to Chickasaw County high school seniors and any prospective or current student. Applications can be easily found online and completed with one supporting letter of reference.

Criteria: Be pursuing a career in nursing or a medical field
Submission Deadline: April 1
Amount: $500

Army Scholarship Foundation Scholarships

A collection of scholarships for children and spouses of active duty Reserve, or active duty National Guard U.S. Army members in good standing or of former U.S. Army members who received an honorable discharge or medical discharge, or who were killed while serving in the U.S. Army.

Criteria: Child or spouse of active duty, honorable discharge, or deceased Reserve of National Guard US Army members, 2.0 minimum gpa, US citizen, less than 14 years of age if a child
Submission Deadline: April 15
Amount: $500-$2,000

American Legion Scholarships

The American Legion offers several distinctly unique awards with specific criteria for each one. We encourage all students to read through the list of award opportunities on their website.

Criteria: Varies between awards
Submission Deadline: April 15
Amount: Varies greatly between awards

Design a Better Future Scholarship Contest

A scholarship involving the design of a community improvement project with three rounds of development on the proposal, artifact, and reflection, each with separate deadlines.

Criteria: Going to a US University/College
Submission Deadline: February 11, March 18, April 15
Amount: $10,000

Media Rooms of the Future Scholarship

Write a 500-2000 word essay on what the “media room of the future” may look like

Criteria: Minimum 2.5 GPA with good academic standing
Submission Deadline: April 20
Amount: $1,000

RentHop Apartment Scholarship

The RentHop Apartment Scholarship awards students who complete a 1000 word essay explaining where they see themselves 5 years after finishing school. The award also includes an optional internship with RentHop, if applicable.

Criteria: None
Submission Deadline: April 30, August 31
Amount: $1,000


MAY

Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Fund

Offering up to 300 scholarships to students residing in specific counties of western Illinois, the Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Fund are renewable annually as long as the student maintains proficient academic standing.

Criteria: Reside in one of six Illinois counties (Fulton, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, or Warren)
Submission Window: February 1 - May 1
Amount: Varies $600-1,700

ICSAC: Robert D. Blue Scholarship

ICSAC Scholarship recipients are chosen on a basis of truth, courage, fellowship, and moral force of character. The awards are reserved solely for those attending Iowa colleges or universities. Applications for the award can easily be filled out and submitted online.

Criteria: Presently reside in Iowa
Submission Deadline: May 10
Amount: $500-$1,000

Live Más Scholarship Program

The Taco Bell Foundation is awarding $1,000,000 to support 100 young adults. Scholarships are awarded to innovators, creators, and dreamers who want to share their passion. A two-minute or less video that answers the questions posted on their website is necessary to apply.

Criteria: Be Between the ages 16 and 24, be a legal resident of the U.S.
Submission Window: February 15 - May 12
Amount: Up to $25,000

SeniorCare Aging Matters Scholarship

One student is chosen each year on the basis of a response to why aging matters in under 1,000 words. A brief online application, including the essay, is available on their webpage.

Criteria: Be in good academic standing
Submission Window: October 15 - May 15
Amount: $1,500

B. Davis Scholarship

A scholarship involving the writing of a 1000 word essay describing the three characteristics of leadership you value most.

Criteria: N/A
Submission Deadline: May 22
Amount: $1,000

Vernon Computer Source

Vernon Computer source is offering two scholarship awards to students who show strong academic and career goals. To apply, students must submit an essay of 500 words or less describing their academic and career goals.

Criteria: Have a GPA of 2.5, Be a U.S. citizen
Submission Deadline: May 31
Amount: 2,000

Sleep Sherpa Scholarship

A student scholarship consisting of making a short video answering three questions

Criteria: N/A
Submission Deadline: May 31
Amount: $1,000


JUNE/JULY/AUGUST

180 Medical Scholarship Program

This scholarship, offered by 180 Medical, is only available to those who have suffered from one of the physical injuries listed on their scholarship page.

Criteria: "Be under physician's care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, or neurogenic bladder or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy)."
Submission Window: January 1 - June 1
Amount: $1,000

Abbott and Fenner Scholarships

The application process includes a required essay about your educational and life goals. The number of awards has varied since 2007 between 1 and 4.

Criteria: None
Submission Deadline: June 14
Amount: $1,000

Feldco Windows, Siding and Doors Scholarship

Feldco is offering one scholarship award to one student who best answers the question listed on their website. Answers must be submitted in essay form, between 700 and 1,000 words.

Criteria: Be a legal U.S. resident
Submission Deadline: June 15
Amount: $1,000

MyBioSource Scholarship

Five scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a degree in a related science major. A 250 word response that answers why you have chosen to enter the field of science and why you should receive the scholarship is required.

Criteria: Have an intended major in a STEM field, but there is also a scholarship application for non-STEM majors
Submission Deadline: June 30
Amount: $1,000

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention Inc.’s Academic Scholarship

ABC Wildlife is offering a $1,000 scholarship to female students looking to pursue a career in science. An essay response of 1,000 or fewer words is required to apply. The essay prompt can be found on the ABC Wildlife website. Up to nine additional students may receive awards for their submissions.

Criteria: Identify as female, be planning to study in a STEM field
Submission Deadline: July 1 
Amount: $1,000

Factor Finders Business Scholarship

A semi-annual scholarship for students not only pursuing business, involving writing a 1000 word essay on the question: “Why do businesses fail?”

Criteria: 18+, US Resident
Submission Deadline: January 1, July 16
Amount: $1,000

BikesReviewed Scholarship

A scholarship, with special consideration to students pursuing education in fitness, health, and sports, involving filming a video or writing an 800 -100 word essay about cycling

Criteria: Accepted into a full-time institution in the US, UK, or Canada
Submission Deadline: January 31, June 30
Amount: $1,500

RawSpiceBar Community Volunteer Scholarship

A scholarship for exceptional community volunteers, involving answering five questions about volunteering and volunteer work

Criteria: Exemplify outstanding community involvement
Submission Deadline: June 30
Amount: $1,500

#ShareTheGoals Scholarship

Create a social media post about the importance of Global Goals, based of the United nations global sustainability goals

Criteria: Attending school in the United States
Submission Deadline: Monthly Awards until July 2018
Amount: $500 + $5,000 for the Grand Prize Winner

Solar Scholarship

Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about using the sun as a source of renewable energy. To do this, they are offering a scholarship to one student who writes an essay of 500-1,000 words on the topic.

Criteria: Minimum GPA of 3.2
Submission Deadline: July 1
Amount: $1,000

Military College Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for students who are either in the military themselves or have a parent serving in the Armed Forces. Applications are to be found on their website and emailed in for submission. Friends and family can also nominate potential recipients though the application must still be filled out by the deadline.

Criteria: Have a mother or father in the U.S. Armed Forces or be in the military yourself
Submission Deadline: July 3
Amount: $1,250

Tutor the People Scholarship

Tutor the People are offering a Pre-Med scholarship to one student who writes an essay of 300 – 500 words answering a prompt given on their webpage.

Criteria: Be enrolled in college for the upcoming academic semester
Submission Deadline: August 15
Amount: $1,000

RentHop Apartment Scholarship

The RentHop Apartment Scholarship awards students who complete a 1000 word essay explaining where they see themselves 5 years after finishing school. The award also includes an optional internship with RentHop, if applicable.

Criteria: None
Submission Deadline: April 30, August 31
Amount: $1,000


SEPTEMBER

Votacall’s Annual $2000 Scholarship Essay Contest

Votacall offers a scholarship to the winner of a short essay writing contest. Essays must be a minimum of 600 words and must be completed on the topic listed on their website.

Criteria: Be currently enrolled or planning to attend accredited college/university
Submission Deadline: September 15
Amount: $2,000


OCTOBER

The LPGA Foundation

The LPGA Foundation offers aid to students on the basis of their participation in golf. Awards are given to more than twenty high school seniors.

Criteria: Involvement in golf (varies slightly between individual scholarships)
Submission Deadline: October 1
Amount: Mostly $5,000, one $1,250

AES Engineering Solutions

The AES Scholarship is awarded to students on the basis of a 500-1,000 word essay which prompts for a demonstration of character and answers a question given on the organization’s website.

Criteria: None
Submission Deadline: October 7
Amount: $500

GreenPal Business Scholarship

GreenPal Business Scholarship is awarded to students who own and operate their own small business, or who have put together a business plan to start a business in college. Applicants must be a high school senior, college freshman or sophomore.

Criteria: Have a GPA of at least 3.0, Be a Business major, Demonstrate high ambition and desire to be an entrepreneur.
Submission Window: March 1 - October 30
Amount: $1,000 per academic year ($2,000 total awarded over 2 years)

Yorkville Blankets ASD Scholarship

Yorkville Blanket Company has created this scholarship to help students living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They are offering this scholarship twice a year to students who submit an essay of at least 500 words on the topic listed on their website.

Criteria: Have ASD or have an immediate family member with ASD
Submission Deadline: April 30, October 15
Amount: $1,000

Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship

A scholarship for women in a Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely related Technical field from Adobe’s research Division

Criteria: Women pursuing a field related to Computer Technology
Submission Deadline: October 31
Amount: $10,000


NOVEMBER

Start Standing Scholarship

Start Standing is offering a biannual scholarship to students who are currently attending or planning on attending college. In order to applicants must submit a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay that answers the questions listed on their website.

Criteria: minimum GPA of 3.0, be at least 16, be at least a senior in high school
Submission Window: March 31, November 15
Amount: $1,000

Insureon Scholarship Program

Insureon offers multiple scholarships throughout the year based on an essay response about how small businesses have changed your life.

Criteria: Have a small business story
Submission Window: September 1 - November 30
Amount: $2,500

Artistic Excellence in Print Design & Marketing Scholarship

The scholarship, sponsored by Digital Brands Inc., is available to any student who submits a business card, brochure, poster, and flyer that showcase the applicant’s design abilities while also displaying why (s)he deserves the award, highlighting academic achievement, experience, and future goals.

Criteria: Be majoring in Graphic Arts & Design or a related field, GPA of at least 3.0
Submission Deadline: November 30
Amount: $1,000


DECEMBER

National Debt Relief Scholarship

National Debt Relief awards 5 scholarships to student pursuing a degree in STEM fields. To apply, students must provide a unique solution to a question listed on their website. The answer can be in the form of an essay, an infographic, or a video.

Criteria: Be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, if a high school senior: have a GPA of 3.0 or above
Submission Deadline: December 23
Amount: $1,000

Google Lime Scholarship

A scholarship supporting exceptional students with disabilities in the computer science field

Criteria: Have a visible or invisible disability, pursuing study in Computer Science or related field
Submission Deadline: December 10
Amount: $10,000

Generation Google Scholarship

A scholarship for underrepresented minorities in Computer Science, computer engineering, or a related field

Criteria: Excellent in Academics and leadership
Submission Deadline: December 11
Amount: $10,000

Arista Pools Marketing Scholarship

A scholarship involving writing a 800-1000 word essay about "Why families enjoy having a swimming Pool Built in their backyard"

Criteria: Minimum 2.5 GPA
Submission Window: December 15
Amount: $1,000

Women TechMakers Scholarship

A scholarship from Google for exceptional women pursuing education in a field related to Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Criteria: Identify as Female, Pursuing a field related to Computer Science and Technology
Submission Deadline: December 15
Amount: $10,000


UNKNOWN/VARYING DATES

Asian Pacific Fund

A collection of scholarships available to Asian Graduate or Undergraduate students studying in the United States

Criteria: Depends on the Scholarship
Submission Window: Depends on the Scholarship
Amount: $1,000-$20,000