2015-2016 External Scholarships

Organizations, business, and individuals’ external of Iowa Central offer scholarship opportunities to students.  Listed is the summary of the scholarship and the contact information for the person, organization or business that are awarding these scholarships.  Students may apply for these scholarships by completing the application process designated by the organization, business, or individual offering the scholarship.

A Place for Mom Annual Senior Care Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Scholarships – 5 Awards


  1. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student.
  2. Must be seeking a degree in gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology or long-term care administration.
  3. Applicant must be attending classes at the time of the spring deadline.

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Application: www.aplaceformom.com/scholarship

Contact: Angel Ridout at angelr@aplaceformom.com or visit www.aplaceformom.com

American Association of University Women (AAUW Scholarship)

Amount: $500 Scholarship


  1. Non-traditional college student who are or have returned to college in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.
  2. College juniors and seniors from Hamilton County

Deadline: Scholarship forms will be available to April 13th.

Contact: Send request for a scholarship form to Ruth Shoars rashoars@aol.com or call 515-832-6245.

BBG Communications Scholarship

Amount:$500 – 1 Award


  1. Be between the ages of 16 and 21 on June 30, 2015
  2. Submit answers to the two essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 30, 2015 deadline.
  3. Have at least one full year of post secondary studies remaining at the time of the award
  4. Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Application: Click here for application

Business and Professional Women of Iowa Foundation

Amount: (5) $1,000 Scholarships


  1. Completes the formal application in its entirety by March 18, 2015.
  2. Submits a copy of official transcripts from an accredited institution of higher learning. (Transcripts if stamped “Issued to Student” are acceptable.)
  3. Provides three (3) letters of reference from non-family members. One each from an employer, teacher, and community leader who can attest to applicant’s character and need for this scholarship.
  4. Is a resident of Iowa.
  5. Is a United States citizen.
  6. Wants/needs to reenter the workforce but needs additional education.
  7. Graduated high school five (5) or more years ago (2010 or before) and now wants to start or resume a college education.
  8. Demonstrates financial need, scholastic ability, leadership skills and career goals.
  9. Click to download application.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by March 18, 2015.

Contact: DiAnne Lerud-Chubb, 319-759-3896 or lerud2@mchsi.com 

Carl and Eva Swanson Scholarship


  1. Be a high school senior at a high school located in Webster County,   Iowa.
  2. Be of Christian character.
  3. Be under privileged or a member of a minority group.
  4. Have a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.5 through the latest fall term. 
  5. Attend any accredited college, university or vocational   school full- time within the State of Iowa.
  6. Scholarships may be renewable for up to three years or until a bachelors degree is obtained, whichever is earlier.

Deadline: April 1st, 2015

Contact: www.csascholars.org

Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship

Amount: (2) $1,000 Scholarships


  1. US Citizen
  2. Permanent residents of one of the following states: Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin.
  3. Seniors at a high school located in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin during the 2014 – 2015 school year.
  4. Attend college in fall 2015 at an eligible institution located in Iowa.
  5. Are at least 13 years of age as of the date they begin the scholarship process.
  6. Register & read scholarship rules at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Come2Iowa
  7. Follow the instructions they will receive by email to complete two online financial literacy tutorials and a related assessment by midnight on March 31, 2015.
  8. If necessary to break a tie among top scorers on the assessment, write and submit a brief essay.

Deadline: Registration deadline March 27, with all steps needed to be completed by March 31, 2015 Midnight.

Contact: scholarship@studentloan.org

D. Fred and Marian L. Bovie Technical Scholarship

Amount: One award for $2000 for tuition and fees only.

  1. Applicants must be pursuing an Associates Degree in welding.
  2. Must have a  minimum 2.8 grade point average.
  3. May be enrolled full-time or part-time.
  4. Financial need is required to qualify.
  5. To apply go to scholarship.aws.org

Deadline: Application due February 14, 2015

Contact: For more information or questions, contact the AWS Foundation office at 800-443-9353

Des Moines Mothers of Multiples Scholarship

Amount: $500

  1. Be a multiple birth student (twin, triplet or higher order multiple).
  2. Be either
    • A senior in high school with plans to attend a college, university, trade or vocational school; or
    • A high school graduate (or equivalent) student currently attending or planning to attend a college, university, trade or vocational school as a degree seeking student.
  3. Be a resident of Iowa.
  4. Provide an official copy of your most recent academic transcript in a sealed envelope from your school. Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher is required.
  5. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation that state the strengths and character of the applicant.  The name, address and phone number of the person writing the recommendation, as well as the nature of the relationship (cannot be an immediate family member) and the length of time the applicant has been known by said individual, must be included.
  6. Submit a 300-500 word essay discussing one of the following two topics:
    • Your educational plan stating how this scholarship will help further your education; or 
    • How being a multiple has impacted you and advice you would give to parent(s) who are raising multiple-birth children.
    • The essay must be typewritten, double-spaced and printed on white paper only.
  7. Provide an acceptance letter from the college, university, trade or vocation school you plan to attend or an enrollment verification letter from the registrar’s office if currently enrolled in the institution.  An enrollment verification letter will also be required upon the start of the term.
  8. Submit copies of Birth Certificates for the applicant and the multiple birth child(ren) in order to verify multiple birth family status.
  9. Have all envelopes postmarked no later than April 1, 2015.  We prefer all documents be sent together at the same time.  However, if some documents need to be sent separately, they should clearly identify the applicant.
  10. Please mail completed applications to:

    Des Moines Mothers of Multiples
    Attn: Scholarship Committee
    PO Box 8205
    Des Moines, IA 50301

Deadline: Postmarked April 1, 2015. We prefer all documents to be sent at the same time.Click to download DMMOM Scholarship Application.

Contact: Questions can be emailed todmmom.scholarship@gmail.com. Additional information can be found at www.dmmom.com

Elevate Scholarship Program

Amount: $500


  1. Iowa high school seniors interested in studying a manufacturing-related career.
  2. You can print the application at http://www.elevateiowa.com/assets/Elevate%20Scholarship%20Application.pdf.

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Contact: Lisa Deignan at ldeignan@measuredintentions.com

Global Health Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $3,000


Selection Criteria is evaluated by overall merit and quality of the scholarship essay in addition to the other criteria below. Financial need is not a consideration for this scholarship. The winner of the annual scholarship will be chosen by the administrative staff of NurseJournal.org based upon the overall merit of their registration. Candidates are judged on formal registration and the written essay portion. Registration is weighted 25%, Essay 50%, and Work History and Activities at 25%. Additional considered criteria are: GPA (min 3.2 on a 4.0 scale) Extra-curricular activities Employment history. The criteria considered in the written essay is your ability to write a strong answer that directly answers the global health question that is presented. You will also need to provide insights based upon facts to support any claims you make.

More Information: http://nursejournal.org/global-health-nursing-scholarship/

Got a Spine Scholarship

Amount: $500 – 1 Award


  1. Be attending college or university no later than October of 2015.
  2. Be attending college or university on a full-time basis by October of 2015.
  3. Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year.
  4. Be attending a school in the U.S. or Canada by October of 2015.

Deadline: June 2, 2015

Application: click here for application

Great Lakes STEM Scholarship

Amount: $2,500 Scholarships


  1. High school senior or graduate, or current postsecondary undergraduate or graduate level student
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  3. United States citizen or permanent resident
  4. Able to demonstrate financial need by providing documentation from the most recent tax return filed by the student or the student’s parents
  5. Plans to enroll full-time at an accredited, nonprofit two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire 2015-2016 academic year
  6. Apply online at www.scholarsapply.org/greatlakes

Deadline: April 6, 2015 or until they receive 20,000 applications, whichever comes first

More Information: greatlakes@scholarshipamerica.org or call 507-931-1682 and ask for the Great Lakes National Scholarship Program

Hill & Ponton Veterans' Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Scholarships – 4 Awards (2 in the fall, 2 in the spring)


  1. Must be a veteran of the armed forces.
  2. Applicant must plan to use their education to help fellow veterans.
  3. Provide a statement of 300 words or less on how the applicant plans to use their education to help veterans.

Deadline: November 1, 2015 & May 1, 2016

Application: http://www.hillandponton.com/veterans-scholarship/

Contact: Chad Hill at cahill@hillandponton.com

Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship (High School Graduates/College Students)

Amount:  40 - $1,000 Scholarships

  1. High School Seniors:
    • Be a high school senior working for Hy-Vee or Subsidiary who began employment on or before September 15, 2015.
    • Be a high school senior son or daughter of a full-, regular-, or part-time Hy-Vee or subsidiary employee who has a minimum of six months employment as of September 15, 2015.
    • Applicant must be enrolling in college for the first time.
  2. Returning College Students:
    • Applicant must have been employed at a Hy-Vee location (office, distribution, retail) or subsidiary location after June 1, 2015.
    • Applicant must be classified as a full-time student in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year during time of application process
    • Applicant must be classified as a full time sophomore, junior, or senior at the time funds are disbursed.
  3. All High School Senior applicants must complete an ACT Test.
  4. Click to Download Application

Deadline: Application must be postmarked by February 10, 2016

Contact: Sandy Barrick, 515-313-2738 or sbarrick@hy-vee.com

Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 Scholarships

  1. Must be enrolled in an accredited health care education program listed on the application
  2. Be within two years of completing your education.
  3. Must work for an Iowa hospital. (one year per scholarship awarded)
  4. Must be willing to commit to working one year in an Iowa hospital for each year of scholarship award.
  5. Apply online at www.iowahospitalscholarships.org.

Deadline: Paper applications must be postmarked by March 30, 2015.

Contact: Dennis White, 515-288-1955 or whited@ihaonline.org

Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2016 Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Scholarships

  1. Applicant must be enrolled at an accredited two or four year institution of higher learning in Iowa, or any school with a “concrete construction” program.
  2. Students shall have attained sophomore status or higher (as of November 30, 2015).
  3. Students must be seeking a degree in an area of study that would benefit his or her preparedness for a potential career in the ready mixed concrete and construction/engineering industries.
  4. Download IRMCA scholarship application by clicking here or at www.iowareadymix.org.

Deadline: Application must be submitted no later than November 30, 2015

Contact: Julie Harbert, 515-963-0606 or jharbert@iowaconcretepaving.org

ISU Transfer Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) at Iowa State University has an online scholarship application called FinAidScholar.  The FinAidScholar application is a single application for all scholarships administered through the OSFA.


Here are the steps that your students need to complete to be considered for OSFA awards:

  1. Go to http://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/scholarships/finaid/transfer.php
  2. Read the directions
  3. Register for a Net-ID (Directions included on website)
  4. Click on “Apply on our FinAidScholar Website!”
  5. Log in with your Net-ID
  6. Select the Transfer Application
  7. Click on “Click Here to Apply!”
  8. Complete the application by March 1st  
  9. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 1st

This application is ONLY for scholarships administered through The Office of Student Financial Aid.  Please be sure to let your students know that they will need to check with their college and/or department, and private donors to maximize their scholarship search.   

If you or one of your students has questions on this application or our new process, please have them email our office at scholarships@iastate.edu or call us at 515.294.5627.

Iowa Women in Natural Resources (IWINR) Scholarship

Amount: $500 Scholarship
Requirements: The Iowa Women in Natural Resources (IWINR) has a $500 scholarship opportunity for a graduating senior or a current student that intends to or is already attending a college, university, or community college in the State of Iowa.  This is a non-gender based scholarship.  The scholarship is for somebody pursuing a career in the natural resources field.  This could include, but not limited, to the following

  • law enforcement
  • habitat management
  • environmental science
  • biology
  • wildlife
  • education
  • computer-related skills (GIS, web design)
  • environmental law
  • financial management
  • farmers
  • landowners
  • engineers
  • landscape architects

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2015. Click here to donwload the scholarship form.

Contact: Julie Harbert, 515-963-0606 or jharbert@iowaconcretepaving.org

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Receive up to $40,000 per year to attend a 4-year undergraduate institution for tuition, living expenses, books, and other required fees.

  1. Be a current student at an accredited US community college or 2-year institution with sophomore status ora recent graduate (within the last 5 years)
  2. Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or above.
  3. Plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university to begin studies in the following fall.
  4. Demonstrate unmet financial need. Applicants with annual family income up to $95,000 will be considered. However, the majority of scholarship recipients to date have been eligible to receive a Pell Grant.

Contact: Learn more and apply online at www.jkcf.org – application period is now open and will close on December 2, 2014.

Karl King Memorial Scholarship

Amount: 2 $1000 scholarships

  1. Only band instrument scholarships will be awarded to Iowa students. (String Bass and Piano are not considered regular “band” instruments).
  2. Two one-year scholarships to Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge. These tuition scholarships will be $500. The award is paid in 2 installments – one each semester upon receipt of a class schedule indicating enrollment in music classes.
  3. A one-year scholarship will be awarded to an Iowa resident student for tuition to an Iowa college of his/her choice. This scholarship is for $1000. The award is paid in 2 installments – one each semester upon receipt of a class schedule indicating enrollment in music classes.
  4. The recipient of each instrumental scholarship must be either a graduating high school senior or a college freshman.
  5. Scholarship applicants must submit the following materials to the address below by March 21, 2014.
    a. Completed application form.
    b. Three completed scholarship recommendation forms.
  6. All finalists are expected to play with the band on one march selection that will be rehearsed after the audition (approximately 2:00). The finalists that are not selected as winners will receive $50 in the mail shortly after the audition day. If you are senior in high school that does not win, you may re-apply next year as a college freshmen.
  7. Applicants will audition in Fort Dodge on Sunday, April 6, 2014 before a committee of three Karl King band members. Auditions will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. Selections written with an accompaniment part should be performed in that manner. ALL finalists will be expected to play on one march with the Karl King Band on their regular concert at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. One scholarship winner will be invited to perform their solo on this concert.
  8. Past recipients of this scholarship may not re-apply.
  9. Click to download the fill scholarship form

Deadline: March 21, 2014

Contact: Paul Bloomquist, 515-574-1203, bloomquist@iowacentral.edu

James B. Morris Scholarship

Amount: 20-30 scholarship awards of $1500 & $2500

  1. Applicants must be of minority ethnic status as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity
  2. Have a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. * All applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have a social security number as well as being: (1) Iowa high school graduates or May 2014 graduates and residents of Iowa who are, or will be, attending any U.S. college or university; or (2) Non-Iowa residents who are attending Iowa colleges or universities.
  3. Apply online at https://www.morrisscholarship.org/index.php/application

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Contact: Morris Scholarship Fund at 515-864-0922

LifeServe Blood Center Scholarship

Amount: $750

  1. Host a blood drive between December 21, 2015 & January 16, 2016
  2. Collect a minimum of 50 units at their blood drive
  3. Recruit blood donors and acts as the chairperson of the blood drive

Deadline: Interest should be expressed by October 19, 2015

Contact: lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 1-800-287-4903

Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarship

Amount: Variable, will be determined at a later date

  1. Applicant must be a 2014 graduating senior of an Iowa Public High School
  2. Must be enrolled in a mechanical or trade course of study
  3. Masonic connection is preferred, but not required
  4. You can print the application at www.grandlodgeofiowa.com under Grand Lodge, Awards, Forms & Applications, click on “MCEC Technical Scholarship App”

Deadline: Application must be postmarked by March 3, 2014

Contact: Karen Davies, 319-365-1438 or scholarships@gl-iowa.org

Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Variable, depending on scholarship

  1. Visit www.mgmc.org/foundation and click on Scholarship Opportunities to see scholarships available and requirements for each.

Deadline: Application must be received by Mary Greeley Medical Center’s External Relations Office by March 28, 2014 by 5:00pm.

Contact: Melissa McGarry, 515-239-2147

MassMutual Life Insurance Company

Amount: $5,000

  1. Applicant must show proof of US citizenship or permanent residency.
  2. Applicant must be entering sophomore, junior, senior or 5th year senior year at an accredited college or university.
  3. Applicants of all majors will be considered
  4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  5. Full time enrollment during the 2014-2015 academic year
  6. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate:
    • An interest in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry
    • Leadership and participation in extracurricular activities
  7. Applicant must apply for federal financial aid by completing a FAFSA
  8. Students must submit and online application at www.act.org/massmutual

Deadline: March 31, 2015 by 4:30pm

Contact: www.act.org/massmutual, Use Contact Us link.

MaxYield Cooperative Agricultural Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 (6 will be awarded)

  1. Applicant must be a MaxYield Cooperative client or dependent of a MaxYield Cooperative client.
  2. Applicatant must be a high school or college student enrolled in an agricultural curriculum.
  3. The applicant must complete the application form. Forms are sent to area guidance couselors and high schools, avaliable on our website, PDF below, or may be picked up at any MaxYield locations.
  4. Applications must submit a written essay with the application, no more than one page, entitled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”
  5. Applicants must submit a copy of your  high school and college (if applicable) transripts.
  6. Applictants must be enrolled as a full time freshman, sophomore, or junior student at an accredited College, Trade School, or a high school graduating senior enrolling into the fall semester at an accredited College or Trade School .
  7. Applicatants must have cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at a local high school or college.
  8. Maximum number of times a student can win the scholarship award is twice.
  9. The awarded scholarship will be applied toward tuition for Fall semester.
  10. Click here to download the application.
  11. Mail completed applications to:

    Chad Meyer
    MaxYield Cooperative
    PO Box 49
    West Bend, IA 50597

Deadline: March 2, 2015 (postmarked)

Contact: Chad Meyer, 515-887-7211

MCEC Technical Scholarship


  1. Applicant must an Iowa high school senior
  2. Applicant must plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an Iowa Community College
  3. Applications are available at www.grandlodgeofiowa.com

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2016

Contact: Grand Lodge of Iowa office 319-365-1438 or email scholarships@gl-iowa.org

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

Applicants Include:

  • Those who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma).
  • Those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer


  1. Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university, community college or junior college, or a graduate degree program.
  2. This scholarship is offered nationwide to US Citizens
  3. Students must be in academic “Good Standing” and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.


  • December 1, 2014 for the Spring 2015 semester
  • March 31, 2015 for the Fall 2015 semester

Contact: Visit http://www.mesothelioma.com/scholarship/ to learn more and apply.

Odenza Vacations Scholarship

Amount: $500 – 1 Award

  1. Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1st, 2015
  2. Submit answer to the essay question, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 1st, 2015 deadline.
  3. Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  4. Be a resident of the United States or Canada

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Application: Click here for application info

Public Health Scholarship

Various scholarships for students pursuing a career in the health care field. Please click on the link for details.


Roy J. Carver Scholarship (for transferring juniors)

Amount: $5,200 and will be considered for renewal for senior year

  1. US Citizen
  2. Graduate of an accredited Iowa high school, or resident of the state of Iowa for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to application
  3. Junior classification fall semester 2015
  4. Full-time enrolment (12 credits or more)
  5. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80
  6. Demonstrate financial need on the basis of a 2015-2016 FAFSA
  7. Present evidence of unusual social and/or other barriers to attending college full-time
  8. Students must submit on-line application, essay, and two letters of reference by April 1st to be considered. Apply on-line at www.carvertrust.org (click on Scholarships and on-line application).

Deadline: Application and attachments must be submitted by April 1, 2015

Contact: Contact information for school participants listed on www.carvertrust.org 

SLAC Scholarship

Amount: $500 – 1 Award

  1. Be Enrolled in full-time studies at a college, trades, or technical school by no later than September 2015.
  2. Complete the Online Application no later than September 15, 2015.

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Application: Click here for application info

SP Scholarship

Amount: $10,000 – 1 Award

  1. Must be attending an accredited post-secondary institution by the fall of 2015 at the latest.
  2. Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a program that is at least two years in length.

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Application: Click here for application info

T.E.A.C.H. Early ChildhoodŽ IOWA

Amount: $2,000/year at a community college or $4,000/year at a university

  1. Work in a regulated preschool, child care center, or home program for at least 30 hours per week (or full time for the hours your preschool offers programming)
  2. Have worked with children birth to age 5 in your current program for at least 3 months
  3. Are working toward an early childhood degree, credential, or endorsement program at an Iowa college (or would like to be)
  4. Have the support of your employer (if applicable)

Deadline: None listed

Contact: You must first call 515-331-800 or 800-469-2392 to speak with a T.E.A.C.H. counselor. Then obtain a T.E.A.C.H. application form from the counselor or www.iowaaeyc.org  

UNI Scholarship

Amount: Awards range from $200-$6000

Requirements: Various scholarships available with different requirements. Complete online at www.uni.edu/finaid/scholarship

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Contact: UNI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or fin-aid@uni.edu

The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

Amount: 20 bi-annual $2,000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books.
Requirements: To be considered, the scholarship applicant must have a connection to the United States Military through falling into at least one of the following categories:

    • A current active-duty service member
    • Veteran of the United States Armed Forces
    • Spouse of a service member or veteran
    • Surviving spouse or child of a fallen service member
    • Child of a service member or veteran

Application Period Key Dates:

Fall Dates: September 15 through October 31: Online application, essay prompts, and essay upload box will be open to applicants. On November 30th, the scholarship recipients will be announced.

Spring Dates: March 15 through April 30: Online application, essay prompts, and essay upload box will be open to applicants. On May 31st, the scholarship recipients will be announced.

Application Process: The scholarship application and ability to upload your essay will be made available at the bottom of the scholarships page during the spring and fall submission periods.
To apply for the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship, these two (2) elements are required:

  1. Fill out the Online Application form, made available on the given Key Dates
  2. Submit a single Essay in response to one of three prompts that will be made available during the key dates.

Essays must meet all of the following criteria (essays failing to meet ALL criteria will NOT be considered):

  • Essay MUST be 750 words or less
  • Essay must be submitted as a Word or rich text(.docx, .doc, or .rtf) document format into the upload box that is included with the online application
  • Essay prompts are now located WITHIN the scholarship application!

*Please note that no confirmation email will be sent from the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship Program upon receiving your application and essay submission.