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Foundation Scholarships

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The following is a summary of scholarships available through Iowa Central Community College. All scholarships will be awarded to students on the basis of academic achievement and/or financial need. Please complete ONE application electronically, and submit it online. Please read the application instructions carefully at the top of the application and provide all required information.  Actual amounts awarded may vary each year based on investment earnings. Scholarships for the 2023-24 school year are due March 31, 2023.

$500 per semester for three semesters (fall, spring, summer) awarded to a student attending (full-time) at Iowa Central Community College. Applicant must be in the Nursing program and have a 3.0 GPA. Recipient must also maintain a 3.0 GPA and include an essay stating why this scholarship is important in pursuing a nursing career and why you have selected the nursing field.

Required essay should be emailed with your name, scholarship name, and date to Mary Ludwig at ludwig@iowacentral.edu

Awarded to Valedictorians (Full Tuition), Salutatorians ($3,000), and students with 3.75-4.00 GPA ($800) and 3.25-3.74 GPA ($600).

For talented students in the arts, drama and music. Determined by activity director.

Awarded to full-time agriculture students attending Iowa Central Community College. First year students must have a 2.5 GPA, the GPA requirement for second year students is 2.75. The amount of the scholarship is $750 unless the student holds an Iowa FFA degree, the scholarship amount is $1000. Financial need is not a consideration. Scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

Awarded to four non-traditional students attending Iowa Central Community College. Applicants must be non-traditional students, at least 21 years of age, and must be a resident of the Webster City School District. Recipient must also demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is renewable for a second year if the recipient maintains a 2.0 cumulative GPA, demonstrates progress toward completion of his or her educational objective, and maintains status as enrolled at least half-time.

Awarded to a full time student at Iowa Central Community College with a 2.5 GPA or better attending classes on the Fort Dodge Campus. Applicant must be a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High or St. Edmond’s High School. First preference to a student involved in music, but not required.

Awarded to an Iowa student attending Iowa Central Community College fulltime. Must be a nursing student accepted into the Nursing program.

Determined by head coaches.

Awarded to a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High who was active in the Music Department, band or choral, with a 3.00 GPA, and demonstrated financial need. Must attend Iowa Central Community College fulltime in a Music related course of study.

Awarded to one full-time student in each of the following programs - Diesel Technology, Welding Technology, Ag Technology, Electrical Mechanical Technician, and HVAC. Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA and be from Iowa. Two scholarships ($300 for tool belt and $200 for tuition) are also awarded to students going into the Carpentry program.

Awarded to a first year fulltime student attending Iowa Central Community College in a medical field. Recipient must have a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship may be renewed for a second year with satisfactory academic progress and an application for renewal.

Awarded to two students attending Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must be enrolled in the Fire Science/EMS courses of study with a 2.5-3.0 GPA.

Awarded to a second year student attending Iowa Central Community College. Student must be in the field of Humanities (music, theatre, or visual art studies majors).

Awarded to a student attending (full-time) Iowa Central Community College. Student must be in the Health Care field and be a resident of Buena Vista, Sac, Ida, Pocahontas, Clay, or Cherokee County.

Awarded to a fulltime student attending Iowa Central Community College who maintains a 3.0 GPA, demonstrates financial need, and is a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High.

Awarded to a fulltime student attending Iowa Central Community College involved in instrumental or vocal music. Recipient must be a grad of Fort Dodge Senior High, St Edmond High School, or Eagle Grove High School and a participant in the vocal or instrumental music programs while in high school.

Awarded to a fulltime student attending Iowa Central Community College. Student must be a track athlete graduate from Fort Dodge Senior High, St Edmond High School, or Eagle Grove High School and a track athlete at Iowa Central Community College.

Awarded to a fulltime student at Iowa Central Community College who is a freshman or returning Sophomore participating on the Iowa Central Men’s Basketball team that exemplifies the ideals that Coach Pilcher stood for – work ethic, passion, dependability and loyalty.

One scholarship to a full-time student attending Iowa Central Community College. Must be a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High or St. Edmond High School, maintain an average GPA, and demonstrate financial need.

This scholarship is awarded to a second year culinary student who has differentiated him/herself in the classroom, in hours of community service, and in mastering culinary techniques. Scholarship is awarded by the Culinary instructors.

Awarded to a student enrolled in the diesel, logistics, accounting, semi-truck driving, or CNT program at Iowa Central Community College. Satisfactory academic standing, good moral character, and financial need are all considered. Deadline to apply for this scholarship is May 1st.

Available to students in the diesel program. Could be required to complete a 240 hour paid internship at Decker Truck Line, Inc.

Deadline: May 1st

Eligible applicants will be Decker Truck Line employees or their families.

Deadline: May 1st

Awarded to a student attending Iowa Central Community College fulltime and is a member of the Track & Field team. Recipient must also have a 2.0 GPA.

Determined by Department Head/Program Coordinator.

Two scholarships are awarded to second year Iowa Central students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who demonstrate high ambition, accomplishments, or who foster entrepreneurship and business leadership skills. Applicants must obtain two letters of recommendation from Iowa Central faculty or staff highlighting why they meet the criteria.

This scholarship is awarded to a male student of good character, good scholastic ability, and excellent athletic ability enrolled at Iowa Central Community College.

Awarded to a student attending Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must be a student in the arts: Art, English, Speech, Literature, Modern Language, Music, Social Science, or Theatre.

Awarded to a student attending (full-time) Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must be an Area 5 resident (Buena Vista Co. Calhoun Co. Greene Co. Hamilton Co. Humboldt Co. Pocahontas Co. Sac Co. Webster Co. Wright Co.).

Awarded to a second year nursing student attending Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be an Area 5 resident (Buena Vista Co. Calhoun Co. Greene Co. Hamilton Co. Humboldt Co. Pocahontas Co. Sac Co. Webster Co. Wright Co.). First preference will be given to a resident of Webster County.

Awarded to two second year students attending (full-time) Iowa Central Community College majoring in an agricultural related field with a 3.0 GPA or higher preferred. Student must use his/her major in the chosen field to serve their rural community and perhaps return to the farm or ranch. Preference will be given to residents of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, or Wyoming.

Awarded to a student attending Iowa Central Community College based on academics with demonstrated financial need. Must be Iowa resident and U.S. citizen.

Awarded to a Spring graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School attending Iowa Central Community College. Recipients must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and demonstrate financial need.

Awarded to two fulltime female students attending Iowa Central Community College. Recipient can be a traditional or non-traditional student but she must reside in Webster County and be enrolled in a Health Science program, Science, or Education fields.

Awarded to one fulltime student attending Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must be enrolled in the Automotive Technology or Auto Restoration program and have a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to Iowa residents.

$500 awarded to two first year students attending Iowa Central Community College full time. Must be an Area 5 resident (Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster or Wright County) and must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Scholarship recipients may apply for a second year $1000 award if the 3.00 GPA and other criteria are maintained.

Awarded to two first or second year students attending Iowa Central Community College full time and enrolled in the Electrical Technology program. Recipients must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Awarded to one female student and one male student enrolled in the Carpentry program fulltime. Recipient must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Awarded to Valedictorians ($1,000), Salutatorians ($800), and students with 3.75-4.00 GPA ($400) and 3.25-3.74 GPA ($300).

Awarded to applicants with 2.5-3.24 GPA who are enrolled in an industrial technology program at Iowa Central. ($250 each semester).

Awarded to student in the Iowa Central Electrical program. Non-traditional students encouraged to apply. Student may be part-time or full-time. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required, have financial need, and reside in the Iowa Central Area V (counties include Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright). Scholarship can be use for tuition or supplies.

Awarded to one student attending Iowa Central full or part time and majoring in Education. Student must be non-traditional, have a 3.0 or greater, and financial need. Applicants from under-represented populations are encouraged to apply. Two letters of recommendation are required plus an essay with an emphasis on why you qualify for the scholarship.

The James R. Stuart Memorial Scholarship is named for Professor James Stuart who spent three decades at Iowa Central teaching Developmental and Educational Psychology. Professor Stuart served as a member of the Fort Dodge Human Rights Commission, spearheaded the education associations’ bargaining unit, and was a pillar of the Iowa Central community. With his booming voice and sense of humor leading the way, Professor Stuart always made an indelible impression on his students. He endeavored to make his students engaged learners, inspiring teachers, and better people. This scholarship will be awarded to students who hope to continue his legacy of inclusion, tolerance, and equal opportunity no matter the consequences.

Awarded to an Iowa Central athlete with a 2.5 or higher GPA. Jerry was a long time active member of the Fort Dodge Noon Kiwanis Club involved in service projects and community service. He has made the Fort Dodge community a better place through his involvement and significant work in promoting sports especially through his love of baseball. Preference will be given to a softball/baseball player from Iowa Central’s nine-county region. $250 per semester.

Scholarships awarded to four fulltime students pursuing a business/agricultural degree who must demonstrate financial need and have a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Awarded to student who is pursuing a music/art degree.

Awarded to a full time student attending Iowa Central Community College in Welding or Advanced Manufacturing. Recipient must have a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Awarded to a full or part-time student attending Iowa Central Community College who graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High or St. Edmond in Fort Dodge with a financial constraint. All applications must include a typed, 200-500-word essay. Please do not cut-and-paste any section of your application to a new page to be used as your essay. The essay should instead be a unique space for you to expand on how the John M. Etzel scholarship would be used to help you achieve your education and also as a place to explain any hardships you face, whether financial or other. Letters of recommendation are also helpful. For a detailed breakdown of what the JME Board is hoping to see on your application, visit https://katherineetzel.wixsite.com/jmescholarship. Amount of award will vary each year. Required essay should be emailed with your name, scholarship name, and date to Mary Ludwig at ludwig@iowacentral.edu

Awarded to a student attending Iowa Central Community College full time. Recipient must be a Science major or enrolled in a Health Science program.

Awarded to three non-traditional students, 21 years of age or older, attending Iowa Central Community College fulltime or part-time in any major.

This scholarship is awarded to a nursing student studying at the Webster City campus who is full-time. The student must have a GPA of 2.00 or better

Awarded to one full time or part time student who attends Iowa Central Community College in the Fire Science/EMS program and demonstrates financial need. Applicant must perform and document a minimum of 16 hours of voluntary community service, and must receive certification in field of study.

Awarded to a non-traditional student in Business Administration or Office Technology programs attending Iowa Central Community College. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Scholarship dollars must be used for tuition, fees, or books.

Awarded to a full time student enrolled at Iowa Central Community College’s Fort Dodge campus. Student must be a St. Edmond or Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, maintain a 3.00 GPA during previous two semesters of high school and first semester at Iowa Central and demonstrate financial need. Scholarship dollars to be used for tuition and fees first.

Awarded to an Iowa Central Community College Men’s Soccer player who plays for the love of the game and was a Fort Dodge Senior High School Boys Soccer participant. Applicants must also indicate involvement in a Christian Youth group and use the funds for books for the Fall term.

Awarded to one student pursuing a degree in social work, human services, psychology, criminal justice, EMS or fire science. A personal essay is required to be eligible for the scholarship. Student may be part-time or full-time.

Awarded to one student, first or second year, enrolled in the Iowa Central electrical program. Requirements include a GPA of 2.5 or higher, full or part-time enrollment, Iowa Central area V resident which includes the counties of Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster, and Wright. A personal essay must be included with application explaining how the scholarship will help you. Financial need is not a consideration.

Awarded to three students enrolled in Ag studies, Ag business or Agronomy. Student must be full-time at Iowa Central with a GPA of 2.75 or greater, have a financial need and be a resident of Iowa. Preference given to students who have demonstrated leadership in agriculture (FFA, 4H, PAS etc.) Preference given to students intending to obtain a career in ag related to the grain industry.

Awarded to a non-traditional (over age 21) student pursuing a degree in Education at Iowa Central, attending full or part time. GPA requirement is 3.0 or higher and financial need is a consideration. Students who have demonstrated volunteer work in their application will be given first priority.

Awarded to one full time 1st year or 2nd year student enrolled in Business Administration or Business classes at Iowa Central Community College. Must have a 2.0 GPA or higher. Preference to Eagle Grove High School seniors.

Awarded to a 2nd year student from Webster County enrolled in Biology or Criminal Justice courses at Iowa Central Community College with a minimum 2.0 GPA

Awarded to two full time students attending Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must have a 3.0 GPA, low income, demonstrated financial need with first consideration given to students of single family households as designated on their application.

Awarded to two students attending Iowa Central Community College. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Electrical Technologies, then Ag Technology or Carpentry who show financial need and have a 2.5 GPA.

Awarded to a fulltime student attending Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must be a Music major, have a 3.0 GPA, and be an Area V resident (Buena Vista Co. Calhoun Co. Greene Co. Hamilton Co. Humboldt Co. Pocahontas Co. Sac Co. Webster Co. Wright Co.). Applicants must include a Letter of Recommendation from the Music Department.

Awarded to a second year student or student with 30 or more credit hours attending Iowa Central Community College majoring in education. Recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. First preference will be given to students from Buena Vista County.

Awarded to five second year students with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Recipient must possess high moral standards and be of good character. Must demonstrate financial need.

Awarded to seven students attending (full-time) Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must be a resident of Webster County.

Awarded to a fulltime Iowa Central Community College student who was an Area V high school wrestler. Area V includes Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster, and Wright counties. Must be a member of the Iowa Central wrestling team and have 2.0 GPA or higher.

Awarded to four students attending Iowa Central Community College. Students must fall under the New Iowan definition. That is, an immigrant who has been in Iowa no more than 5 years and in the United States no more than 7 years. The student should demonstrate financial need and the desire to prepare himself or herself for the Iowa workforce. Preference will be given to those students entering the Health Sciences, Industrial Technologies, Social Services, Agriculture or Law Enforcement fields of study.

Based on North Central Iowa Chapter membership NYCL membership.

Awarded to two fulltime Iowa students enrolled at Iowa Central Community College with an agriculture background. Applicants must be pursuing a degree beneficial to a cooperative career such as Agriculture, Ag Business/Accounting, Ag Technology, Truck Driving, Advanced Manufacturing, and Electrical. Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and include two letters of recommendation.

Awarded to one second year nursing student attending Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must have a 2.5 GPA, submit 3 letters of support, and a letter from the applicant addressing goals, accomplishments, obstacles to completing education, why they chose nursing, why applicant is deserving of the scholarship, and how applicant would benefit from the scholarship.

One scholarship awarded to a fulltime student who has attended high school in Wright County and demonstrates financial need.

Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in elementary education. Must demonstrate financial need and have a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Awarded to a student from Webster County who attends Iowa Central Community College and demonstrates financial need.

Awarded to an Outstanding Female Athlete who is a returning sophomore enrolled fulltime at Iowa Central Community College. GPA and leadership skills will be considered along with athletic achievements.

Awarded to a 1st year, full time student attending Iowa Central in the Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science or Criminal Justice program. Application must include an essay explaining why you have chosen your field of study and a letter of recommendation. Scholarship is renewable for 2nd year student with a 2.5 GPA. Preference given to Iowa residents.

Awarded to one full time student enrolled in the Engineering, Pharmacy, or Education field of study at Iowa Central Community College. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and maintain an average GPA. Recipient must be a Region V resident with preference to residents of Webster County. Region V includes Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster, or Wright County in Iowa.

Awarded to one student who is a 2nd year member of the Iowa Central Baseball team. Applicant must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, enrolled full-time, and have a financial need.

Awarded to a student attending Iowa Central Community College enrolled in Computer Programming. The purpose of the Rural Forge Scholarship is to significantly reduce financial barriers for students in rural areas to gain access to expert faculty and staff at Iowa Central Community College. Eligible students can receive up to $7,500 towards tuition, fees and books. Created in 2019, the Rural Forge Scholarship is the result of a partnership between Accenture and Corteva Agriscience to educate and train students in high-demand, high-value software technology skills.

Scholarship eligibility requirements: Student must be enrolled in Computer Programming, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (10 years or more with no recorded GPA are exempt), and reside in one of the following rural Iowa communities served by the Lincoln Corridor.

The Lincoln Corridor is defined as the following communities in the State of Iowa: Adaza, Angus, Bagley, Bayard, Beaver, Berkley, Boone, Bouton, Boxholm, Carroll, Churdan, Coon Rapids, Cooper, Dana, Dawson, Dedham, Farnhamville, Fraser, Glidden, Gowrie, Grand Junction, Green Brier, Harcourt, Jamaica, Jefferson, Lake City, Lanesboro, Lanyon, Lidderdale, Lohrville, Ogden, Paton, Perry, Pilot Mound, Ralston, Rippey, Scranton, Willey and Winkelmans.

The scholarship may be renewed for the student’s second year as long as the student remains in good academic standing and has a minimum GPA at Iowa Central Community College of 3.0.

Scholarships are non-refundable to the student; any unused or refunded portion is returned to the Rural Forge Scholarship at the Iowa Central Community College Foundation.

  • Preference is to award 50% of scholarships to female students.
  • Preference is to award 15% of scholarships to applicants of historically underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic groups (e.g., Black/African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders)

Awarded to up to four first-year students, four second-year students, and four continuing degree students attending Iowa Central Community College. Applicants must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more in the Accounting Associate major -ACC.AS) or parttime (9 credit hours or more in the Numbers at Night major – ACCN.AS) and have a 3.0 or above GPA. Scholarships can be renewed upon meeting the criteria. Applicants who graduate from Iowa Central can apply for a scholarship to continue pursuing an accounting degree at a four year college. (Scholarship will be paid directly to the college/university upon proof of enrollment.)

Awarded to Eagle Grove students continuing their education at Iowa Central Community College.

Awarded to a Fort Dodge Senior High School graduating senior planning to attend (full-time) Iowa Central Community College. Recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA to retain the scholarship each semester. Financial need will be considered when awarding scholarship. (Family awards)

Awarded to a fulltime Iowa Central Community College student enrolled in the Healthcare field with a GPA of 2.00 or higher. First preference to students from Calhoun County, Iowa.

Scholarship recipients must be Storm Lake students and are selected on the basis of academic ability, financial need and potential for long term success. Applicants must demonstrate financial need with preference to those who experience financial challenges, such as furthering their education while maintaining job and family responsibilities; demonstrate academic ability to be successful; and identified a specific career goal and have successfully completed some course work related to that area or have been employed in the field working for advancement.

Based on leadership, character and community involvement.

Awarded to a fulltime student enrolled in Bioscience or Health Sciences with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Preference to students in financial need planning to work in the Fort Dodge, Iowa area.

Awarded to a fulltime student enrolled in Ag or Diesel Tech majors at Iowa Central with a 2.5 GPA.

Awarded to a fulltime student from Fort Dodge enrolled in the Carpentry Program at Iowa Central Community College.

$575 per semester to four students pursuing a career in the Health Sciences field with a 2.00 GPA or higher.

Awarded to a first year, full-time student attending Iowa Central Community College who resides in the Iowa Central Region of Area V (counties include Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright). GPA of 3.0 or higher is required and financial need is considered. All applications must include a typed essay, approximately 500 words, explaining how the scholarship will help you.

Awarded to one student returning to Iowa Central full-time and participating in the Rugby program. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA. An essay and community service participation is required. Financial need is not a consideration.

Awarded to a first or second year student attending Iowa Central, full time, and a member of the Iowa Central Rodeo team. Recipient must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and must submit a one page essay describing what “living 8 seconds at a time” means to them. Scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and/or supplies. Application, including essay, is due April 30th. Required essay should be emailed with your name, scholarship name, and date to Mary Ludwig at ludwig@iowacentral.edu

Ty Carlson, a 2016 graduate of Colfax-Mingo High School, was a member of the Iowa Central Rodeo Team before his passing. Ty’s parents established the scholarship in his memory to pay tribute to the young cowboy who was pursuing his passion of becoming a bull rider and highly skilled horse trainer.

Awarded to three Iowa residents enrolled fulltime in the second year nursing program at Iowa Central Community College with a 2.5 GPA and a Pediatrics focus. Preference to minority students.

Awarded to first or second year first-generation college students or first-generation veterans with unmet need who are seeking an associate’s degree or are in a diploma program offered at Iowa Central with a 2.5 GPA or higher. First preference will be given to Iowa students. $500 per semester for students enrolled in 6-12 hours and $1000 per semester for students enrolled in 12+ hours.

Awarded to two students enrolled fulltime at Iowa Central Community College with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be pursuing a four year degree. Preference to Iowa residents.

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