Financial Aid at Iowa Central
External Scholarships

2021-2022 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.

Amount: (2) $2,500


  1. Currently enrolled full-time in an accredited United States technical institute, 2/4 year college/university with program in construction management, secondary votech school or tuition bearing apprenticeship program in the traditional building trades(e.g. carpentry, HVAC, electrical or related fields of study). Students pursuing certificate programs or apprenticeship programs are welcome to apply.
  2. Currently attending high school and will be attending an accredited school in the next academic year to one of the aforementioned programs.


Deadline: Spring- October 15, Fall- June 15


Amount: $1,000 Per Semester


  1. Applicants must be residents of Webster, Buena Vista, or Palo Alto counties in Iowa.
  2. Must be pursuing a degree in the arts, environmental sciences, agriculture, or conservation/natural resources management.
  3. Applicants must also be a current college student, graduate student, pursing a PhD or have completed at least one year of college coursework post high school. Special consideration will be given to upper classmen, non-traditional students, and college graduates seeking professional improvement/education.
  4. Click to download application

Deadline: Scholarship requests for the fall semester must be submitted by June 1st and spring semester requests must be submitted by November 1st.

Please mail a copy of this application and all pertinent paperwork to:

Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust
c/o Scholarship Applications
PO Box 791
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501-4245

Amount: $1,000 per year


  1. Permanent resident of Buena Vista County or adjoining county of Ida, Sac, Pocahontas, Clay or Cherokee.
  2. Completed at least one year of pre-nursing education at an accredited school and has applied or will be applying to a nursing program for the upcoming academic year.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

Deadline: March 31, 2021


Contact: Katie Schwint:

Amount: (5) $1,000 Scholarships


  1. Completes the formal application in its entirety by March 12, 2019.
  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 (2014 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 30, 2021.

Contact: Charla Schmid
1890 215th Street
Red Oak, IA 51566-6013


  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 bachelor’s degree is obtained, whichever is earlier.

Deadline: January 7, 2021


Amount: (10) $1,000 Scholarships


  1. Legal U.S. residents
  2. Residents of: Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin.
  3. High school seniors at a high school in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin during the 2020 – 2021 school year.
  4. Planning to attend an eligible college in Iowa in fall 2020.
  5. Register & read scholarship rules at

Deadline: Registration deadline April 30th, 2021


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 June 1st, 2021.  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 June 1st, 2021. We prefer all documents to be sent at the same time.

Contact: Questions can be emailed Additional information can be found at

Amount: $500


  1. Iowa high school seniors interested in studying a manufacturing-related career.
  2. You can print the application at

Deadline:May 30th, 2021

Contact: Michele Farrell at

Amount: $Up to $1,000


  1. 1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Utilize personal assessment and/or re-entry programs available through colleges, community agencies, service groups, or career professionals .
  3. Clearly define career goals and objectives.
  4. Specify the education requirements to attain above goals and objectives.
  5. Provide most recent tax return.
  6. Applicant must be residing in the boundaries of an EWI Chapter. For EWI of Des Moines the boundaries are:
  7. Adair, Appanoose, Boone, Clarke, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshal, Monroe, Polk, Ringgold, Story, Union, Wapello, Warren, Wayne, and Webster Counties.

Deadline: March 26, 2021


Contact: Robin Taylor, 515-401-1673 or

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: May 1, 2021 & November 1, 2021


Contact: Chad Hill at

Amount: Various

  1. Must be enrolled at an accredited institution for a Facility Management or related field. “Degree” (Associate, Bachelor, and Graduate) is determined by your institution at the time of application submission
  2. Must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 in FM or related courses. For international students, equivalent documentation of academic achievement level equivalent to a 4.0 GPA. Click International Grade Equivalencies as a basis to determine eligibility.
  3. Applicants awarded a scholarship are required to attend IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, CA October 20th to 22nd and participate in the IFMA Foundation activities
  4. Working students are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: April 30, 2021


Amount: (5) $1,000 Scholarships

  1. Is a resident of Iowa.
  2. Is a United States citizen.
  3. Wants/needs to reenter the workforce but needs additional education.
  4. Wants to start or resume a college education. Graduated high school five (5) or more years ago (2016 or before).
  5. Demonstrates financial need, scholastic ability, leadership skills and career goals.

Deadline: March 30, 2021

More Information:

Contact: Charla Schmid,

Amount: $500 Scholarships

  1. Must be a resident of Iowa
  2. A high school senior OR non-traditional student returning to college in the state of Iowa
  3. Currently a full-time student at any college, university, or community colletge in the state of Iowa
  4. An Environmental Health major or related field

Deadline: Must be postmarked by February 1, 2021.

Application and Website:

Contact: Sandy Burke,

Amount: Varies

  1. Must be enrolled in an accredited Iowa college.
  2. Must be enrolled in an associate, bachelor, masters, or nurse practitioner program.
  3. Apply online at

Acceptance of application begins April 1, 2021.

Deadline: May 28, 2021 at 4:00pm.

Contact: Iowa Heart Foundation at 515-633-3555 or email Laura Jackman,

Amount: $750 Scholarship (2)

  1. Must be an Iowa Resident.
  2. One award for a high school senior and a second “open” scholarship to individuals already in college or graduate school.
  3. Must be a current member in good standing of the Iowa Horse Council or one of its affiliated organizations.

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Application: Click here for application

Contact: Rebecca Howe or 515-689-2733

Amount: $3,500 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

Deadline: Paper applications must be postmarked by March 30, 2021.

Contact: Clara Stults, or

Amount: $2,000 Scholarships – 30 total


  1. Must be a legal US resident
  2. Must be a graduating Senior at an Iowa High School
  3. Must be planning on attending an eligible college the fall following the registration dates

Application Period: Oct. 15, 2020 – Feb. 26, 2021

More Information & Application:


The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) at Iowa State University has an online scholarship application called OneApp.  The OneApp 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
  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 or call us at 515.294.5627.

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 U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2020, or a recent graduate (since spring 2020).
  2. Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2020.
  3. Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  4. Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
  5. Have not previously enrolled at or attended a four-year institution.

Contact: Learn more and apply online at – application period is now CLOSED FOR 2021-2022 school year.

Amount: Two one-year $500 Scholarships (awarded to attend Iowa Central)
$1000 scholarship (awarded to an Iowa resident for tuition to a 4 year Iowa college or university

The Karl King Memorial Education Foundation exists to provide band instrument scholarships for students majoring in music. Three scholarships are to be awarded each year. This tribute is to honor the late Karl L. King, the memories of Everett and Dorothy Olson, and Tom Dowd.

  1. Scholarships will be awarded only to Iowa resident band instrument students. (String Bass and Piano are not considered regular “band” instruments).
  2. The recipient of each instrumental scholarship must be either a graduating high school senior or college freshman. The award is paid in two installments – one each semester upon receipt of a class schedule indicating enrollment in music classes.
  3. Applicants will submit a recorded audition that will be reviewed by a committee of Karl King band members.
  4. It is recommended that selections written with an accompaniment part should be performed with live accompaniment, but not required.
  5. The finalists that are not selected will earn a $50 stipend toward expenses.
  6. High school seniors that do not win may re-apply as a college freshmen.
  7. Past recipients of this scholarship may not re-apply.
  8. Click to download the fill scholarship form

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by April 23, 2021.

Contact: Paul Bloomquist, Office: 515-574-1203 Cell: 514-571-4539,

Amount: $500

  1. Host a blood drive
  2. Have a minimum of 40 Donors at their blood drive

Website and Information:

Contact: 1-800-287-4903

Amount: Variable, depending on scholarship

  1. Visit and click on Scholarship Opportunities to see scholarships available and requirements for each.

Deadline: Vary depending on scholarship

Contact: Melissa McGarry, 515-239-2147

Amount: $2,500 or $1,000

  • High school seniors and undergraduate college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are:
      1. Sons or daughters of full-time employees of firms that are members of the IGIA. The parent must have been employed for at least two years as of January 1, 2021.
      2. Employees (full-time or part-time) who are full-time students employed by firms that are members of IGIA. Applicants must have worked a minimum of 300 hours for the six-month period between July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
      3. Employees (full-time or part-time) who are full-time students employed by firms that are members of IGIA. Applicants must have worked a minimum of 300 hours for the six-month period between July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Deadline: March 15th, 2021

Application & Website:

Contact: Call Ann Seuferer at 800-383-3663 or email

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

  1. Applicant must be a MaxYield Cooperative client or a dependent of a MaxYield Cooperative client.
  2. Applicant 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 counselors and high schools, available on our web site, or may be picked up at any MaxYield location.
  4. Applicants 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) transcripts.
  6. Applicants 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. Applicants 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.

Deadline: March 1, 2021 (postmarked)

Website and Application:

Contact: Chad Meyer, West Bend, 515-200-5115 or


  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

Website and Applicaiton:

Deadline:Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2021

Contact: Grand Lodge of Iowa office 319-365-1438 or email or

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.


  • March 31, 2021 for the 2021 academic year

Contact: Visit to learn more and apply.

Amount: $500 – 1 Award

  1. Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1st, 2021
  2. Submit answer to the essay question, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 1st, 2019 deadline.
  3. Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  4. Be a resident of the United States or Canada

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Application: Click here

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

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

  1. Sophomore students currently attending a community college in Iowa, who intend to transfer to one of the participating four-year institutions as a junior in the fall semester of the award year.
  2. Residency. Students applying for scholarships must be a United States citizen and have graduated from an accredited high school in the state of Iowa or have been a resident of the state of Iowa for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to application
  3. Areas of Study. Students in all fields of study are eligible for an award.
  4. Social Factors. Students must present evidence of unusual barriers they have encountered, or are facing, in their pursuit of full-time college attendance.
  5. Financial Need. Students must demonstrate financial need on the basis of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed prior to March 1st of the award year.
  6. Merit. Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Administrative officials at the participating institutions will be required to verify GPAs for accuracy based on the student’s official academic transcript.

Deadline: Application and attachments must be submitted by April 1, 2021

Contact: Contact information for school participants listed on 

Amount: $2,000 – 1 Award

  1. Student must be attending a two or four year university or college in the Fall of 2020. They must have been involved in caregiving for a family member or friend.
  2. employees and their family members are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  3. Submission of application is regarded as acknowledgement and adherence to the following agreement guidelines below
  4. Application must be submitted by July 15, 2020. Scholarship winners will be notified by August 1, 2020.

Deadline: July 15, 2020


Amount: $1,500

Deadline: August 13, 29021



Amount: Varies

  1. Must be attending an accredited post-secondary institution by the fall of 2020 at the latest.
  2. Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a program that is at least two years in length.

Deadline: Varies


Amount: $1,000

  1. Iowa High school class of 2021
  2. Must pursue program of study in any field of conservation or agriculture.
  3. Preference will be given to students pursuing programs of study in conservation.
  4. Scholarship must be used for the student’s first year of college education.

Deadline: Application must be returned with attachments to the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office in the county that you reside in by Friday, February 12, 2021. Click to find your SWCD office.

Application: Click to download application

Contact: Conservation Districts of Iowa,, 515-289-8300

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 all the hours your preschool offers programming with a 20 hour minimum)
  2. Have worked with children birth to age 5 in current program for at least 3 months (6 months for bachelor scholarships)
  3. Are working toward an early childhood degree, CDA credential (or renewal), endorsement, or teacher licensure renewal at an Iowa college
  4. Have the support of your employer (if applicable)
  5. Demonstrate participation in or progress towards a quality initiative such as QRS, QPPS, Head Start, or NAEYC/NAFCC accreditation

Deadline: July 15 - fall term, November 15 - spring term, April 30 - summer term

Website & Application:

Contact: 515-331-800 or 800-469-2392 to speak with a T.E.A.C.H. counselor.

Amount: Awards range from $200-$6000

Requirements: Various scholarships available with different requirements. Complete online at

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Contact: UNI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or

Amount: Varies.

  1. Different requirements for different scholarships
  2. To apply go to:

Contact: For more information or questions, contact the Vicki Pinsky at 800-443-9353, ext 212

Amount: $1,000 monthly


  1. Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt.
  2. Entries are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship.
  3. Interested students can enter the contest here:

Deadline: Varies


Contact: Jessica Webb  at her email:

Amount: $1,000

    • Be honorably-discharged (no longer drilling) veterans or spouses of disabled veterans who have served in the United States military, including the Reserves and National Guard, and have received a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs or another document of service.
    • Be high school or GED graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate (first Bachelor's) or graduate (first Master’s degree) study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school* for the entire upcoming academic year. *College must not be on warning or probationary status with the federal government, or must not be in litigation with the federal government or a state.
    • Be Pell-eligible and have applied for Title IV and completed FAFSA to ensure full discovery of actual unmet need.
    • Use any military education benefits for which they are eligible in the upcoming academic year.
    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent


    February 28, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. CST.

Application Process: Click here for more info.

Contact: or call 1-507-931-1682 and ask for Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program

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