WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund
UPCOMING DEADLINE NOTICE:
Seniors!! The WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund applications are now available through the Valley Counseling Scholarship List. Applications are available by accessing a Google doc. Follow the link to view the application, and follow instructions for filling out the application. Be sure to note the RED instructions at the top of the page! A WDMCS login is required to view the document. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PRINTED AND TURNED IN TO MRS. GERSDORF IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY 2/28/18. No late applications will be accepted!
What is the WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund?
The WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund, a division of the West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation, is a locally operated and supported, nonprofit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation founded in 1993 and operated by an all-volunteer board of directors, The purpose of the WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund is to expand access to educational opportunities by involving and assisting our community in the support of students and in the encouragement of educational achievement.
Why is the WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund so important?
Rising costs are closing doors to higher education for many individuals in our community. Through the WDMCS Scholarship Fund, we have an opportunity to make a strong, collective statement about the importance of education beyond high school. We can provide both encouragement and financial support for local students.
How are funds for local awards provided?
Each year our community is invited to demonstrate support for local students through a variety of fundraising activities. Individuals and businesses participate in the WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund Gold Outing in June, all proceeds of which go into the general scholarship fund. Support also comes from the generous support of businesses, service organizations and individuals who desire to sponsor scholarships in their name. Memorial Scholarships, to honor a loved one, can also be established.
Who may apply for a scholarship?
Any graduating senior of Valley High School or Walnut Creek Campus is eligible to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships can be for a two-year, four-year or vocational and technical college.
How are local scholarships awarded?
By completing a common form, applicants become eligible for several local awards. Applicants are scored anonymously by trained volunteers serving on the awards committee. Applicants receive points for a variety of qualities, including academic record, school and community involvement, educational objectives, work experience and financial need. In this way, the selection process is objective and non-discriminatory, making scholarships available to a wide range of deserving students planning on attending an accredited post-secondary institutions.
How can I help?
Anyone in the community can help the WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund in the following ways:
- Make a contribution.
- We encourage you to give as generously as you can, but be assured than any and all gifts are appreciated. Your tax-exempt contribution of $10, $100 or $1,000 reflects your pride in our students and your commitment to the ongoing education of the young people of our community.
- Help with fund-raising activities.
- Become a game sponsor or participate in the golf outing.
- Sponsor a Tiger wrestling meet or basketball or football game.
- Share your time, your skills and your ideas.
- Become an active WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund volunteer. We invite you to share any ideas for new approaches to encourage community participation.
Through the WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund, you can make a strong statement about the importance of post-secondary education. Your contributions provide financial support for Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus Students. All tax-deductible donations support the WDMCS Scholarship Fund and WDMCS Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. You can mail checks payable to WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund to: WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund, c/o Cindy Todd, 3775 EP True Pkwy., #155, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265.