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Prospective 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.

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, U.S. citizen
  • Submission Deadline: January 9
  • Amount: $10,000 annually

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Through its Mentoring and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.

  • Criteria: Demonstrate Financial Need
  • Submission Deadline: January 12
  • Amount: Up to $30,000

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 24
  • Amount: $1,000

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 students over 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

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 15
  • 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

Scholarships for Linn County Students

A collection of scholarships from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, for high school students going to school in Linn County

  • Criteria: Depends on the scholarship
  • Submission Deadline: February 28
  • Amount: $500 - $1,000

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 28
  • Amount: $1,500

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 3.00, Have financial need
  • Submission Window: February 1 – 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

Iowa Scholarship of the Arts

The Iowa Arts Council is offering scholarships to Iowa 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: March 1
  • Amount: $1,500

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, GPA 3.0
  • Submission Window: January 1 - March 15
  • Amount: Average of $5,000 per year

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: March 15
  • Amount: $6,000-22,000

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 22
  • Amount: Up to $2,500

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: April 1
  • Amount: $2,000

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: High school sophomore, junior or senior
  • Submission Deadline: April 15
  • Amount: Up to $1,000

Air Force Aid Society

Since 1942, the Air Force Aid Society awards grants to students who 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: January 2 - April 30
  • Amount: $500 - $4,000

ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship

Iowa Student Loan offers scholarships to 10 incoming college freshmen from neighboring states.

  • Criteria: Current high school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin who attend college in fall 2021. 
  • Submission Deadline: April 30
  • Amount: $1,000 to 10 students

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 3.3, demonstrate financial need, demonstrate excellent character and active involvement with the sport of golf
  • Submission Deadline: April 30
  • Amount: $2,000

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, High School student, U.S. citizen
  • 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 $55,000 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 SAT score of at least 490 each or an ACT score of at least 18, Demonstrate financial need, GPA 3.0
  • Submission Window: September 30 - November 15
  • 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 15
  • Amount: $1,000-12,500 per academic year

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

A sports scholarship for high school Senior athletes who embody sportsmanship, leadership, diversity, and passion

  • Criteria: Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Submission Window: September 26 - December 15
  • Amount: $20,000

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


AutoZone offers 15 scholarships to those who 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.