Scholarship List

The scholarship list is updated as information is received, so check back frequently!

Scholarships with ORANGE DUE DATES HAVE EXPIRED OR HAVE NOT YET BEEN OPENED FOR THE CURRENT YEAR. Many will be renewed for the current school year so keep checking back for an updated due date. 

Scholarship (PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO FIND SCHOLARSHIPS ORGANIZED BY APPLICATION DEADLINE DATES.)

Due Date

Iowa Tuition Grant  * Up to $6,000 in grant money awarded to Iowa residents enrolled at one of Iowa’s eligible private colleges and universities  * Priority given to applicants with the greatest financial need  * Recipients can receive grants for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study (part-time students may be eligible for adjusted amounts) * For more information visit IowaTuitionGrant.org See website
College Board Opportunity Scholarships  * A program that guides you through the college application process  * No essay, application, or minimum GPA required  * Students are rewarded for effort and initiative by completing key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships  * The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Complete all six steps, and you’re eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action  * College Board Opportunity Scholarships Monthly Drawings
Bright Scholars of Iowa Award  * Funded by the Bright Foundation this award is a need and merit based grant designed to help ensure a selected number of outstanding Iowa high school seniors have the financial means to complete a two-year or four-year college education without debt  *  The amount of the scholarship is equal to the cost of attendance, less other gift aid (including Pell Grants, institutional grants and scholarships, and private scholarships). * This award is renewable for up to three additional years, providing the student maintains a 2.50 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment * Bright Scholars of Iowa Awards are granted by Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Southwest Community College, and Indian Hills Community College  * For more information visit http://www.brightscholarsofiowa.org/ Deadlines vary by college
Mount Mercy University Catherine McAuley Scholarship (Cedar Rapids. IA)  * Eligible students are Iowa residents who graduated from an Iowa high school, and whose family income is $45,000 or less annually  * Students are expected to reside on campus all four years, participate in the College Success Program during their first year, and file FAFSA  * mtmercy.edu/free-tuition No Due Date
Guardian Scholars Program * Scholarships intended for students who have spent time in Foster Care in Iowa, or lived without the support of parents, between the ages of 14-18 * Up to $8,000 year to help fund education at an Iowa college or university * http://www.guardianscholarsfoundation.com Ongoing
Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program  * Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree  * Must complete high school (or earn a GED) * Must exhibit commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program  * Demonstrate critical financial need  * Demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity * Be under the age of 30 and a US citizen * Application will be open with a rolling deadline until all awards have been given out  * Horatio Alger Scholarship Program Application Monthly Deadlines
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Undergraduate Scholarship Program  * Financial needs based scholarship to attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the Agency  * Scholarship recipients receive tuition assistance up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees and books, daily allowance for meals and incidentals during summer tours, reimbursement for transportation costs between school and Washington, DC, annual salary, insurance and more  * Recipients are required to work at the Agency after college graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of the college sponsorship you received from CIA * Visit this website for more information. Ongoing
Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship  * Designed to work with other state and federal programs to completely cover the cost of tuition toward a certificate, diploma, or associate degree in a high-need field  * Can be used at Iowa community colleges or accredited private colleges in Iowa that offer eligible programs of study  * See website for list of eligible programs IowaCollegeAid.gov/LastDollar  * To apply, must file FAFSA. See website
Kibbie Grant (Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant)  * Eligible candidates are Iowa residents enrolled in specified career or technical education programs at Iowa community colleges  * The maximum Kibbie Grant award is one-half of the average Iowa community college tuition and mandatory fees per year for up to two years of education. Part-time students may be eligible for prorated amounts * IowaCollegeAid.gov/KibbieGrant * To apply, must file FAFSA. See website
Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant  * Eligible candidates are Iowa residents in career or technical education programs at Iowa community colleges  *Max award is $900 per year for up to two years  * IowaCollegeAid.gov/IowaVocational-TechnicalTuitionGrant * To apply, must file FAFSA. See website
The Ron Brown Scholar Guided Pathway Support Program  * Open to African American juniors and seniors  * Free online college access and advising program that helps African American juniors and seniors navigate the college application process using Ron Brown scholars as guides  * Guided Pathway Support Program website Rolling Deadlines

 August Due Dates

Drake University Balanced Man Scholarships  * Five scholarships of $500 for incoming freshmen males at Drake University for the 2020-21 academic year  * The scholarship recognizes students who have excelled inside and outside of the classroom by maintaining a balanced life. * Applicants have no obligation to join or affiliate with the organization to be eligible or win the scholarship  * To apply visit: https://forms.gle/59odjw7ADGqDM1YV6 8/25/20

September Due Dates

IOWA STATE SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL, ONEAPP, OPENS  * Undergraduate students can submit scholarship applications in one system  * Deadlines will vary depending upon the scholarship or opportunity, so students are encouraged to log in to OneApp early and often to ensure deadlines are met  * There will be some university scholarships not using OneApp to award 2021-2022 scholarships. Go to the additional ISU scholarships page to view additional scholarships available at Iowa State  * Questions? email scholarships@iastate.edu.
Opens 9/1/20 for 2021-2022 Scholarships
The Gates Scholarship  * Provides last-dollar scholarship funding (meaning it will cover cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA) to outstanding minority students from low-income backgrounds  * Started by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2018 the scholarship will fund 300 students per year totaling 3,000 students over the life of the program  * https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/ 9/15/20
P.E.O. STAR Scholarship  * $2,500 scholarship for an exceptional high school senior woman  * Eligible women exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success. Candidates must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a citizen or legal permanent resident, and plan to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States or Canada, full-time or part-time, in the fall of the academic year following high school graduation.  * To be recommended as one of Valley’s nominees, please submit a resume of your activities, leadership, academic performance, and community service to Mrs. Maly in the Counseling Center, no later than Noon on Monday, September 16, 2019. Once the local chapters have approved and recommended an applicant, the formal application to PEO International will be submitted online.  The student/applicant receives the forms and instructions for all these in the link she is sent once a chapter has recommended her. Applications are not currently being accepted for 2020. Please check back.
QuestBridge National College Match   * Guaranteed full four-year scholarships  * QuestBridge is a nationally recognized nonprofit that connects high-achieving, low-income students for full four-year scholarships at many of the nation’s best colleges  * Eligible students excel academically and exhibit strong personal character, and come from households earning less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four), with limited assets, and maybe eligible for their school’s free or reduced-price lunch * Apply at www.questbridge.org 9/29/20

 October Due Dates

AES Engineering Scholarship  * $500 scholarshiphttp://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm 10/5/20
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition  * Audio-essay program open to students in grades 9-12  * 2019-2020 Theme: What Makes America Great  * National first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. * To enter download the rules and form from the national website below. Fill in the local Post 8879 information on the form with the following:

Post 8879 Valley Junction

PO Box 65445

West Des Moines, IA 50265

Contact thru email vfw8879awards@gmail.com

Submission of audio-essay and application form will be received no later than October 22nd before the October 31st deadline. A printed copy of the essay, an audio, and the application form needs to be dropped off at the counselor’s office and will be picked up by a Post representative. Email a copy of your essay to vfw8879awards@gmail.com titled (Voices of Democracy) so the representative will know how many packets (audio, printed essay, and application form) to be picked up.

For more information and to download the entry form visit: VFW Youth Scholarships

10/22/19
Golden Door Scholarship  * Scholarships (up to $40,000) for high performing students with DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) at Golden Door partner schools  * For more information visit https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/future-scholars. 10/25/20
Horatio Alger Scholarship Program  *Need-based scholarship program Seeks students who’ve exhibited determination, integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and critical financial need  * https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/ 10/26/20
Iowa Student Loan Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway* Fifty $1,000 deposits into College Savings Iowa accounts will be awarded to parents and guardians of Iowa students in grades 6-12  * Visit the new Parent Handbook guide for important college financing information and enter contact information to register  * www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SaveNow 10/30/20
Cooke College Scholarship Program  * Undergraduate scholarship program for high-achieving high school seniors with financial need  * Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding  * Apply only through Common App  * Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website
10/30/20
Distinguished Young Women Scholarship * Open to senior women involved in school and/or community activities  * Outstanding in academics, leadership, athletics or the arts * For more information on the DYW program and to apply, visit www.IA.DistinguishedYW.org. 10/31/20
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship  *  Achievement-based $20,000 scholarship awarded to 150 students annually  * Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Coca-Cola Scholars Information & Application 10/31/20

 November Due Dates

Ron Brown Scholarship (EARLY DEADLINE; Regular Deadline 1/9/21)  * $40,000 scholarship to up to 30 African American high school seniors based on academic excellence and commitment to public service  * Ron Brown Scholar Program Website  * Ron Brown Scholarship Guidelines & Application (pdf) 11/1/20
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards  Recognizes middle and high school student active in community service. * Applications found online: http://spirit.prudential.com  Submit applications to David Maxwell, VHS Principal. 11/10/20
James Cox Student Photography Scholarships  * 11 $2,500 scholarships  * Honors the life of Television Photojournalist James Cox  * https://www.jamesalancoxfoundation.org/ 11/15/20
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest  * Open to any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen  * Applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need * $4,000-50,000 scholarships * http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/
11/15/20

 December Due Dates

Iowa State Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) Scholarship * Four-year-full tuition award for 100 multicultural Iowa high school students  * Applicants must apply to Iowa State University, submit the MVP application and complete the FAFSA by 12/1/20  * https://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/programs/mvp/apply 12/1/20
H.S. Ostlin Memorial Scholarship  * Eligible students reside in six Iowa counties, including Polk and Dallas  * Preference given to students enrolled in the College of Engineering  * To apply for this and other ISU scholarships visit http://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/scholarships/  12/15/20
Steven J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships * A program that recognizes students driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant for their hunger-related charity. Steve J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship Application (link) 12/5/20

2020 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards  * Educational grants are available for students who are part of the graduating class of 2020  * Selections based on recipient’s accomplishments in the classroom, community, and for their focus in various educational categories including Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)  * https://hhfawards.hispanicheritage.org/2020/forms/welcome.php

12/6/20

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities  * $2,500 award (renewable up to three years) for full-time study or a $1,250 (renewable up to seven years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, which occurs first) award for half-time study  * Eligible candidates have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major life activity)  * For full criteria and to apply visit https://scholarsapply.org

12/6/19 by 11:59 p.m. CST or until the first 700 applications are submitted, whichever comes first.
Science Ambassador Scholarship  * Full tuition scholarship (coverage up to four years) for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity  * Apply at  http://www.scienceambassadorscholarship.org/ 12/14/20
E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship  * Recognizes exemplary Iowa female athletes who excel on the playing field, in the classroom, in school, and in the community * Award winner will receive a $15,000 scholarship, with five finalists receiving $1,000 scholarship grants. * One nomination from each school. * Visit website for full criteria and to complete online application at E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Info & Application. * COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO MRS. MALY IN THE COUNSELING CENTER NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH TO BE CONSIDERED AS VALLEY’S NOMINEE. 12/14/20 (Nominations will be submitted to IHSGAU by posted deadline 12/31/20)
Equitable Excellence Scholarship  * $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 awards  * Applicants must demonstrate courage, strength and wisdom as shown by community impact through volunteer service  * Open until deadline or when first 10,000 applications have been received  * Equitable Excellence Scholarship
12/15/20
Iowa State University Hixson Opportunity Award  * $18,000 grant to be used at Iowa State University * One hundred high school seniors from across Iowa will receive the award each year  * Eligible students must be residents of Iowa who have faced challenges of personal and/or financial hardship  * Financial need must be demonstrated  * This award is considered separate from Iowa State’s OneApp scholarships  * http://www.hixson.dso.iastate.edu/ 12/15/20
Burger King Scholars Program * Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000  * Eligible students will attend college or post-secondary vocational/technical school  * Recipients selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service  * Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholars Application 12/15/20

 January Due Dates

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program  * Honors the legacy of our 40th president, Ronald Reagan  * Awards students who exemplify leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship  * Recipients receive $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 per student. * GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Application (link) 1/5/21
Darryl Jahn Memorial Scholarship  * Candidates who apply by this deadline will be considered for three $1,500 scholarships for Lutheran men entering Iowa State University in Fall 2021 (two deadlines to follow in March and July) * Offered by Beta Sigma Psi Lutheran fraternity alumni  * Criteria include scholastic achievement and active participation in the community and churches  * http://epsilon.betasigmapsi.org/scholarship/ (link)
1/5/21
Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity * $2,500 scholarships to seniors who personify high character and ethical behavior in their leadership and contributions to their communities and schools * ONLY ONE STUDENT MAY NOMINATED FROM EACH SCHOOL; Submit required judging criteria to Mrs. Maly in Counseling by noon on Monday, 1/6/20 to be considered for Valley’s nominee; One selected nominee will then complete online application by 1/6/20  * Click here for information on BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship  * 2020 BBB Student of Integrity Judging Criteria  * 2020 BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship Nomination Process By noon on 1/6/20 to submit judging criteria; 1/13/20 Nominee to complete online application
Ron Brown Scholarship (REGULAR DEADLINE; Early Deadline was 11/1/20)  * $40,000 scholarship to up to 30 African American high school seniors based on academic excellence and commitment to public service  * Ron Brown Scholar Program Website  * Ron Brown Scholarship Guidelines & Application (pdf)
1/9/21
Iowa School Counselor Association High School Senior Scholarship  * For high school seniors attending an Iowa high school  * Essay required about a counselor who made a difference during their K-12 career  * ISCA Scholarship Application (link)
1/10/20
Timberline Billing Services  * $2,000 scholarships to any student in any of the districts served by Timberline Billing Services  * Eligible students must have been, or are currently on, an IEP, attending one of our districts and continuing their education at either a 4 year, 2 year, or trade college  * 2019-2020 Timberline Billing Services Scholarship Application (pdf)
1/15/20 by 4pm
Clive Chamber of Commerce Scholarships  * Two $1000 scholarships to graduating 2020 High School Seniors in the West Des Moines or Waukee School Districts planning to further his/her education at an accredited vocational technical college, a community college or a 4-year university  * Applicant must have a relative who is a Clive Chamber of Commerce Member, or a relative who works for a Clive Chamber Member in good standing. (A complete list of members can be found here.) To apply, please download the scholarship application and mail to the Clive Chamber of Commerce, Scholarship Committee at 1900 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325 or email to info@clivechamber.org.  

1/15/20

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Program  * $1,500 scholarship in an ag-related field of study * Must plan to pursue a degree or certification in specific areas of agriculture and eligible majors (a complete list of areas/majors is available in the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Program Overview)  * Apply at ffa.org/scholarships 1/15/20
2020 Coolidge Scholarship  * JUNIORS ONLY MAY APPLY  * Full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the U.S. * Open to any junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply)  * Scholars are selected based on three main criteria: Academic excellence; Interest in public policy and an understanding of the values President Coolidge championed; Humility, service and leadership. * Apply online at Coolidge Scholars Application. 1/16/20 by 5pm EST
Des Moines Women’s Club Scholarships  * 11 scholarships for high school seniors, six scholarship for college students, and one graduate level scholarship * Scholarships available for students studying Art, Theater Arts, Instrumental Music, Literature, Vocal Music, Music/Dance/ Performing arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math), and Education  * Des Moines Women’s Club Scholarships Applications (link) 1/17/20
NCLD Anne Ford Scholarships  * National Center for Learning Disabilities $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/orADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall  * Anne Ford Scholarship Application (link)
1/17/20
NCLD Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship  * National Center for Learning Disabilities $5,000 scholarship awarded over two years to graduating senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will enroll in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall  * Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Application (link) 1/17/20
APIA Scholarship  * Scholarships range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards  * Open to Asian and Pacific Islander American students who’ll be enrolling or are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university in the fall of 2020  * Need-based with emphasis given to students who are first in their families to attend college . For more information and to apply visit the APIA Scholars website. 1/22/20
Point Foundation Scholarship  * Point is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students  * Scholarship recipients are paired with mentors and participate in leadership development programs and events  * For more information and to apply visit https://pointfoundation.org/point-apply/apply-now/ (link) 1/27/20
TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship  * Up to $80,000 renewable scholarship for undocumented students who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot get in-state tuition (of which Iowa is included)  * Scholarship covers tuition, fees and on-campus housing and meals at one of their Partner Schools  * For more information and to apply visit https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/opportunity-scholarship/ 1/30/20
Strayer-Rairden Scholarship in Physics  * Offered by University of Iowa Dept. of Physics and Astronomy * $1,000 renewable grant (up to four years) to Iowa resident  * Must declare as physics or astronomy major  * Strayer-Rairden Scholarship Application (link) 1/31/20
Discover Student Loans Scholarship  * Eleven $10,000 scholarships randomly selected from registered entrants * Must sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship  * No purchase or loan is necessary to win  *  Discover Students Loans Scholarship Registration 1/31/20
Keep Iowa Beautiful Scholarship  * Three $1,000 scholarships to seniors who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university  * Scholarships are awarded to students who plan to study a variety of areas including environmental science, community development, landscape architecture or architecture, community planning and sustainability, communications, public relations and/or marketing, community & regional planning and volunteer management  * For more information and to apply visit https://keepiowabeautiful.org/grants-awards/scholarship/ 1/31/20
Elks National Foundation Legacy Award  * $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members  * For full criteria and to apply visit https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Legacy.cfm 1/31/20

 FEBRUARY Due Dates

Iowa PTA Scholarship  * This scholarship honors Harold L. Taylor, a longtime employee of the Iowa PTA  * Applicant must be a graduating senior of an Iowa public high school that has a PTA in the school district and must be a resident of the state of Iowa for one year prior to graduation. While Valley has a PTO, Valley students are eligible to apply for this scholarship provided they are sponsored by a PTA member. Within our district both Crossroads Park Elementary and Westridge Elementary have PTA organizations. Students may contact them for possible sponsorship * Iowa PTA Scholarship Application (link) 2/1/20

Iowa Environmental Health Association Scholarship  * $500 scholarships (renewable once) * Eligible seniors will study in an environmental health major or related field  * Iowa Environmental Health Association Scholarship Application

2/1/20
Grand Lodge of Iowa Scholarship  * Open to high school seniors graduating from an Iowa public high school  * Up to 60 scholarships of $2,000 each * No Masonic connection required  * Principal criterion is service to school and community with an emphasis on leadership roles  * 2021 Grand Lodge of Iowa Scholarship Application (pdf) 2/1/21
Iowa State Triangle Scholar-Leader Scholarship  * Merit-based scholarship for freshmen & sophomore men enrolled at ISU in engineering, architecture, and science majors  * http://www.iowastatetriangle.org/scholarship.html (link) 2/2/20
Capital Striders Scholarship  * Five $1,200 non-renewable scholarship to graduating senior in Polk County  * Must have been a cross country or track letter winner * Must have been accepted to attend a college, university, or vocational school  * http://www.capitalstriders.org/scholarships/
2/3/20
2020 Drake Physics Prize Examination  * Online exam given in early February (February 5-7, 2020) covering topics normally covered during the first semester of high school physics  * Scholarships are offered to encourage interest in physics, astronomy and physical sciences  * First place is an unrestricted four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Drake University  * Drake Physics Prize Online Registration (link)
2/3/20
McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarships  * 30 Scholarship ranging from $5,000 to $100,000  * Eligible seniors have a minimum 3.0 GPA, are eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university, and have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage  * For more information and to apply visit https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/community/hacer.html 2/5/20
Marine Credit Union Member Scholarship  * Five $1,000 scholarships  * Applicant must be an MCU member or dependent  2020 Marine Credit Union Member Scholarship
2/9/20
Davidson Fellows Scholarship  * $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work in one of the following categories: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box  * For full criteria and to apply visit http://www.davidsongifted.org/Fellows-Scholarship 2/12/20
Iowa Newspaper Foundation  * Variety of scholarships for high school (and college) students preparing for a career in newspapers (journalism or communications career)  * Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarship (link)
2/14/20
Conservation Districts of Iowa Conservation & Agriculture Scholarships  * Scholarships ranging from $300-3,000 to graduation Iowa seniors who will be pursuing program of study in any field of agriculture or conservation  * For more information and to apply visit http://cdiowa.org/get-involved/scholarships/ 2/14/20
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)* $500 to $5,000 awards * Scholarships designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree * For full criteria and to apply online visit https://www.hsf.net/scholarship (link) 2/15/20
Sparkling Ice Flavorful Futures Scholarship  * Five $5,000 scholarships that celebrate students’ individuality, creativity and communication of future goals  * Must enroll for Fall 2019 as a freshman or 1st year student in part-time or full-time study at a 2-year, 4-year, college, university, trade or vocational school  * For more information and to apply visit http://flavorfulfutures.com/ 2/15/20
Mediacom World Class Scholarship  * 55 $1,000 non-renewable scholarships  * Must be local residents of a community served by Mediacom  * Awardees may attend any U.S. two- or four-year college, university, technical or vocational school  * Essay required * http://www.mediacomworldclass.com/ 2/15/20
Veridian Credit Union Scholarship Program* $2,000 scholarships to a graduating senior to encourage students to increase their financial education. (Scholarships are also available for undergraduate and graduate college students)  * Applicants must be members of Veridian Credit Union  * https://www.veridiancu.org/belong/community/scholarships  2/16/20
Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship Program  * Assists incoming college freshman majoring in Culinary Arts or Food Sciences at two- or four-year institutions  * https://www.scholarsapply.org 2/17/20
Central Iowa Chapter of the Iowa Engineering Society Scholarship Pre-Application * $500 or $1,000 scholarship (possibly more as funds are available)  * Open to graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing an engineering degree  * Candidates must be U.S. citizens who are residents of Iowa and who will be attending the College of Engineering at either Iowa State University or the University of Iowa * 2019-2020 Central Iowa Chapter of the Iowa Engineering Society Scholarship Pre-Application Form (pdf) 2/17/20
Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship  * 30 Iowa high school seniors will each receive $2,000 for fall 2020 college expenses plus $250 for each recipient’s high school   * Visit the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge Scholarship site for registration and rules  * After registering, follow emailed instructions to complete two online tutorials and a related assessment 2/21/20
TheDream.US National Scholarship  * Renewable scholarships to cover tuition and fees up to $14,500 for an associate degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree at one of their Partner Colleges  * Eligible candidates are all undocumented students who came to the United States before November 1, 2014  * For more information and to apply visit https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/national-scholarship/ 2/27/20
Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship Program  * 90 $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors (scholarships also available for college students)  * Applicant must be a high school senior who works for Hy-Vee or subsidiary, or be the child of a full-, regular-, or part-time Hy-Vee employee, with employment beginning on or before 9/15/19 * Program guidelines and application form available on www.hy-vee.com.
2/28/20
Charles Nicholay Educational Foundation Scholarship Program* Designed to support Iowa students continuing their education in the Construction / Architecture / Engineering field  * Eligible candidates must be an Iowa high school student (or college student), attend an Iowa institution and enter a program related to construction/architecture/engineering/masonry field  * For more information and to apply visit https://masonryinstituteofiowa.wildapricot.org/Scholarships (link) 2/28/20
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Teen Scholarship Essay Contest  * Awards ranging from $500 to $5,000 * Candidates write an 1,200 to 1,500-word essay describing the impact Alzheimer’s Disease has had on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned in light of coping with the brain disorder  * For more information and to apply visit https://alzfdn.org/young-leaders-of-afa/scholarship-contest/ 2/28/20
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship  * Six $1,000 scholarships from each Iowa Farm Bureau district (District 5 includes Polk County)  * Candidates must be accepted by an accredited college, university or community college, and planning to major in an agricultural-related field, education, or nursing  * Parents must be members of Polk County Farm Bureau  * Apply online at https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/Member-Benefits/Iowa-Farm-Bureau-Scholarships  (link) 2/28/20
WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund  * A collection of scholarships exclusively for WDMCS students, locally operated and supported by a volunteer board of business leaders, educators and community members   * Applications are available by accessing a Google doc. Follow the link to view the application, and follow instructions in red at the top of the first page for filling out the application. A WDMCS login is required to view the document. * bit.ly/2019-2020WDMSSFApplication * COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PRINTED AND TURNED IN TO MRS. GERSDORF IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY 2/28/20 * No late applications will be accepted! 2/28/20
WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund + Sheldon S. Idso Memorial Scholarship   * $750 scholarship given in memory of Sheldon Idso  * Awarded to a Valley High School senior female athlete who has played softball for the West Des Moines Girls Softball Association  * Candidates should have notable grades and outstanding character both of and off the field * Students are required to submit this application IN ADDITION TO THE WDMCS SSF Application: bit.ly/2019-2020WDMSSFApplicationSheldon S. Idso Memorial Scholarship  COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PRINTED AND TURNED IN TO MRS. GERSDORF IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY 2/28/20 * No late applications will be accepted! 2/28/20
WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund + Lisa Ewald Memorial Scholarship  * $2,000 scholarship in memory of an extraordinary West Des Moines parent and volunteer, Lisa Ewald  * The scholarship will be awarded to a Valley senior who has recently lost a parent or loved one to cancer, exemplifies academic and extracurricular excellence, and is an active member of the West Des Moines community  * Students are required to submit this application IN ADDITION TO THE WDMCS SSF APPLICATION: bit.ly/2019-2020WDMSSFApplication +  Lisa Ewald Scholarship Statement and Criteria COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PRINTED AND TURNED IN TO MRS. GERSDORF IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY 2/28/20 * No late applications will be accepted! 2/28/20
WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund + Emily Anne Weikert Memorial Scholarship * Honors the memory of Emily Weikert who graduated from Valley in 2005, and Iowa State College of Business in 2009 with honors  * Awarded to a Valley High School senior intending to study business at Iowa State * Students are required to submit this application IN ADDITION TO THE WDMCS SSF APPLICATIONbit.ly/2019-2020WDMSSFApplicationEmily Anne Weikert Memorial Application COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PRINTED AND TURNED IN TO MRS. GERSDORF IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY 2/28/20 * No late applications will be accepted! 2/28/20
WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund + Carmen Wade Memorial Scholarship  * Honors the life of WDMCS Employee Carmen Wade, a Master Gardener and dedicated supported of WDMCS students and activities  * $250 scholarship  * Eligible students intend to study Environmental Science, Horticulture or the Fine Arts  * Students are required to submit this application IN ADDITION TO THE WDMCS SSF APPLICATIONbit.ly/2019-2020WDMSSFApplicationCarmen Wade Memorial Application COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PRINTED AND TURNED IN TO MRS. GERSDORF IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY 2/28/20 * No late applications will be accepted! 2/28/20

 March Due Dates

Acacia Leadership Scholarship  * Up to twenty (20) $1,000 scholarships  * Open to any male graduating senior from an accredited high school who attends Iowa State University  * 2020 Acacia Leadership Scholarship Application 3/1/20
All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship (AIOS)  * State-funded scholarship program for Iowa students who attend an eligible Iowa college/university  * Priorities given to students who age out of Iowa’s foster care system, age out of the State Training School, and students adopted from Iowa’s foster care system after age 16; Children of deceased public safety workers (including peace officers, police, firefighters, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs); Students who participated in certain federal TRIO programs; Students who graduated from alternative high schools or alternative high school programs; Students who participated in a Federal GEAR UP Grand program in Iowa * https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/AllIowaOpportunityScholarship * First-time applicants must submit the FAFSA and Iowa Financial Aid Application (IFAA). Renewing applicants only need submit the FAFSA. 3/1/20
Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship  * Recognizes students who have actively participated in the Iowa State Fair  * Up to ten awards, not to exceed $5,000 per award  * To apply must submit FAFSA and Iowa Financial Aid Application (IFAA) * https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/IowaStateFairScholarship 3/1/21
ACS Scholars Program  * Renewable scholarships (up to $5,000 per year) for underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields  * ACS Scholars Program Information & Application (link) 3/1/20
Iowa Scholarship for the Arts  * $1,500 scholarship  * Eligible candidates are Iowa high school seniors who excel and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing an education and career in the arts  * Candidates must plan to attend college in Iowa and major in the fine arts  * For scholarship guidelines and the application visit https://iowaculture.gov/arts/opportunities/arts-recognition/iowa-scholarship-for-the-arts (link) 3/1/20
Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education Scholarship  * $2,500 scholarships for students interested in pursuing automotive-related studies such as technician training, body shop/collision repair, diesel, new vehicle sales, parts sales, accounting or business administration * Download the full scholarship criteria and application here: 2020 Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation Scholarship (pdf) 3/1/20
Autism Society of Iowa Scholarships – Zach Paulsen Memorial Scholarship  * In memory of Valley graduate Zach Paulsen (’11) Scholarship designed for students with autism disorders desiring to study Automotive Technology, Collision Refinishing, Diesel Technology, Marine Technology, Motorcycle Technology, HVAC or Plumbing & Heating fields  * Austim Society of Iowa College Scholarship Application (link) 3/1/20
Autism Society of Iowa Scholarships  * Scholarship available for a student who resides in Iowa, who is on the autism spectrum  * Sue Baker Memorial Scholarship for a students, who resides in Iowa, who will work in the field of autism * Autism Society of Iowa College Scholarship Application (link) 3/1/20
MCEC Technical Scholarship Grand Lodge of Iowa  * Offered by the Masonic Charitable Educational Corporation (MCEC)  * Open to Iowa public high school seniors who plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course at an accredited Iowa Community College  * Masonic connection not required  *2020 MCEC Technical Scholarship Application (pdf) 3/1/20
Prairie Meadows Scholarship* Two $2,500 scholarships awarded to two students from each Polk County high school (Two Valley students will receive this scholarship) * Eligible students must attend an Iowa college or university  *APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO MRS. MALY IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY THE DUE DATE  * STUDENTS ARE REMINDED TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE CHECKLIST OF ITEMS TO BE SUBMITTED FOUND ON THE SCHOLARSHIP GUIDLEINES * Prairie Meadows Scholarship Information & Application (link)
3/2/20
Iowa ACAC Freddy Miranda Access Scholarship  * $1,000 scholarship awarded to five high school seniors whose high schools and chosen colleges are members of Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling (ACAC)  * Valley is an Iowa ACAC member  * 2020 Iowa ACAC Participating Colleges  * Iowa ACAC Freddy Miranda Access Scholarship Application (link) 3/4/20
Robert Smiley Scholarship* $1,000 scholarship * For senior girls who exemplify Bob Smiley’s work towards ensuring the Iowa Girl is a leader among her peers * Eligible students must have a min 2.5 GPA and have lettered in one varsity sport sponsored by Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union each year of high school * Each school is limited to one nomination. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO MRS. MALY IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY THE DEADLINE TO BE CONSIDERED AS VALLEY’S NOMINEE * Only the selected nominee will be notified * 2021 Robert B. Smiley Scholarship Application (pdf)

 

3/8/21 (Nominations will be submitted to IHSGAU by posted deadline 3/22/21)
Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Chapter of Polk County, Grants-In-Aid Fund * $3,000 renewable grant as long as the recipient is enrolled in a teacher education program * Delta Kappa Gamma is an organization of women educators  * 2019 Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Chapter, Grants in Aid Fund (pdf will be updated in 2020 if scholarship renews) 3/8/19
Delta Sigma Theta, Des Moines Alumnae Chapter, Helen Lemme Scholarship  * Scholarship for African American students living in the Toll-free calling area of Des Moines  * One-page essay required  * 2018-2019 Helen Lemme HS Scholarship (pdf will be updated if scholarship renews)  3/8/19
Bank Iowa Spirit of Chandy Scholarship * Honors the late Chandy Clanton, a former Vice Chair of Bank Iowa  * $500 scholarships (three awarded in the Des Moines Region)   * Preference given to students who participate in swimming, biking, running or flying  * 2019-2020 Bank Iowa Spirit of Chandy Scholarship Program Details and Application Form (pdf) 3/9/20
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Tau Chapter  * Delta Kappa Gamma Society is an organization of women educators  * $3,000 grant (renewable up to three years) as long as student is successfully enrolled in a teacher education program * 2020 Delta Kappa Gamma, Tau Chapter, Grants-In-Aid Chapter 3/10/20
Elevate Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship  * Fifteen $500 Scholarships to Iowa high school seniors who are interested in studying a manufacturing-related career at one of Iowa’s Community Colleges  * https://www.elevateiowa.com/about/elevate-scholarship-program (link) 3/15/20
***JUNIORS ONLY***

Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award  * The award, which honors Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States and an Iowa native, identifies approximately 15 Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish community-minded projects of their own design  *Finalists receive $1,000 after completing their projects  * Three finalists go on to receive $5,000 awards to be used at a school of their choice  * For more information and the online application visit this link: Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award (link)

Valley is proud to announce Dorothy Junginger, Parker Johnson and Emma Thompson were selected as Herbert Hoover Uncommon Students for 2020. Congratulations!

3/15/20
First Friday Breakfast Club Scholarship  * Up to $3,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership in efforts to increase education and understanding of LGBT issues and reduce homophobia in their schools and/or communities  *First Friday Breakfast Club Scholarship Information and Application (link) 3/15/20
Darryl Jahn Memorial Scholarship* Candidates who apply by this deadline will be considered for two of three $1,500 scholarships for Lutheran men entering Iowa State University in Fall 2021 (one last deadline to follow in July)  * Offered by Beta Sigma Psi Lutheran fraternity alumni  * Criteria include scholastic achievement and active participation in the community and churches  * http://epsilon.betasigmapsi.org/scholarship/ (link) 3/20/21
***JUNIORS ONLY***

UPDATE: THE DEADLINE FOR THE 2020 COLLEGE PREP SCHOLARS PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 21 DUE TO COVID-19.

QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program  * Open to JUNIORS ONLY, typically in the top 5-10% of their class, earning mostly A’s in challenging courses, whose family earns less than $65,000 annually with minimal assets  * The majority of College Prep Scholars are selected as Finalists for the QuestBridge National College Match (which connects high school seniors with admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s best colleges  * Apply at www.questbridge.org (link)

3/24/20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 21)
Dan Oppenheim Jr. Memorial Scholarship  * $2,500 scholarship honors the memory of Valley graduate, Dan Oppenheim  * Financial need will be a strong consideration as well as the student athlete’s academic record and athletic potential  *Applicant must have competed in at least one sport in each of their four years at Valley, earning at least two varsity letters  * 2020 Dan Oppenheim Scholarship Application
UPDATE: The Oppenheim Family has extended the deadline to May 1st. Applications may be submitted electronically directly to Holly Ambramovich at Hollyajo@aol.com. 
3/27/20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 1)
P.E.O. STAR Scholarship (Local Chapter LA)  * $2,500 scholarship for an exceptional high school senior woman  * Eligible women exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success. Candidates must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a citizen or legal permanent resident, and plan to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States or Canada, full-time or part-time, in the fall of the academic year following high school graduation.

* 3/23/20 UPDATE: The Counseling Center was notified by the chapter they regret this scholarship opportunity will not be available this spring for current senior women. It will be available again in the fall for senior women graduating in 2021. 

CANCELLED
Kiwanis Club of West Des Moines Scholarship  *  One or more tuition scholarships (up to $1,000)  * Specifically for students who plan to pursue a one- or two-year post-secondary education program  (see application for examples of eligible programs) * 2020 West Des Moines Kiwanis Scholarship Application (pdf)

UPDATE: For questions concerning this scholarship, students are invited to contact Dale Cremers at dcremers@denman-cpa.com. Students may wait to submit their application to Mrs. Maly after school has resumed, but are also welcome to forward their application to Mr. Cremers directly via that email address.

3/31/20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 28)
SFM Foundation Scholarship  * Provides scholarships to students whose parents were disabled or fatally injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota, Iowa or Wisconsin employers  * Up to $10,000 for up to five years  * SFM Foundation Application (link) 3/31/20
James W. Smith Scholarship  * Honors the memory of Jimmy Smith who loved music and was dedicated to education  * $500 scholarship  * Preference given to students of good character, leadership qualities, and demonstrate financial need  *2019-2020 James W. Smith Scholarship (pdf) 3/31/20
Des Moines Officials’ Association Scholarships  * Two $1,000 scholarships (one for female athlete, one for male athlete) to seniors who participate in football and/or basketball, or are officials  * DMOA Scholarship Application Form (pdf) 3/31/20
Paragon IT Leadership Technology Scholarship  * $1,000 scholarships awarded to Iowa high school seniors who have been involved in technology classes or clubs and plan to pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa college, university or community college  * For more information and to apply online visit http://bit.ly/ParagonITLF2020Scholarship 3/31/20

 April Due Dates

Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS) 2019 HENAAC Scholarship  * $500-$10,000 scholarships  * For students who intend to pursue a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree at an accredited college/university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico  * Must be of Hispanic descent or demonstrate strong leadership or service within the Hispanic community * Great Minds in STEM Scholarship Application (link)
4/1/20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 1)
West Des Moines Lions Club Scholarship  * Two $500 scholarships  * Eligible students must attend Valley High School or Dowling Catholic High School  * Download the application for full requirements  *  2020 WDM Lion’s Club Scholarship Application

UPDATE: The requirement to submit two recommendations and a copy of your transcript has been waived for 2020. Please note: The application references an essay as a requirement, but none is required. Students who don’t wish to wait to submit their application may turn it in electronically to Don Nickerson at DNickerson@bank-northwest.com, or in person to Mr. Nickerson at Northwest Bank, 5700 University, West Des Moines.

4/1/20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 1)
Audra Alexander Scholarship * Sponsored by the Iowa Association of Colored Women’s Clubs  * Applicants must be a resident of the greater Des Moines metro area  * 2019-2020 Audra Alexander Scholarship (pdf) 4/1/20
Minnie Jones Tawasi Scholarship  * $500 renewable scholarship  *Applicants must be a resident of the greater Des Moines metro area  * Criteria include a one-page essay, a letter of recommendation from an active Tawasi Federated Women’s Club member, and applicant’s participation in Colored Women’s Clubs, school, and community activities  * 2019-2020 Minnie Jones Tawasi Scholarship (pdf) 4/1/20
P.E.O. Chapter CJ, Pamela A. Stark Scholarship Fund  * $500 scholarship  * Senior women planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited college or university or vocational school are eligible * You may request an application by emailing Sue Faller at joelsuefaller@aol.com. Application will be emailed to the applicant with instructions and more scholarship information. 2020 P.E.O. Chapter CJ, Pamela A Stark Scholarship Information 4/1/20 (NEW DEADLINE TBD)
Peace with Justice Scholarship Essay Contest  * Three $500 awards  * Eligible contestants are high school juniors or senior who live in Iowa and attend an Iowa high school  * Applicants need not be a member of the United Methodist Church or any other religious organization  * 2020 Peace With Justice Essay Flyer (pdf) 4/1/20
Iowa Golf Association Foundation Ann Griffel Scholarship  * $2,000 scholarship  * For senior girls who have a passion for golf and attend school at an Iowa college, university of trade school  * IGAF Ann Griffel Scholarship Application (link) 4/1/20
Iowa Golf Association Foundation Herman Sani Scholarship  * $8,000 ($2,000/yr) scholarship  * Any graduating senior, and resident of Iowa, with experience or background in golf  * IGAF Herman Sani Scholarship Application (link) 4/1/20
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship  * $500 scholarship to one boy and one girl  * Eligible applicants have participated in cross-country or track as a senior  * Must have applied and been accepted at a college, university or vocational school  * 2019 Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship (pdf will be updated if scholarship renews)
4/5/19
American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest  * Winner receives $2,500, a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the Secretary of State and a full scholarship for a Semester at Sea educational voyage * www.afsa.org/essaycontest (link) 4/6/20
Mike Siepmann Scholarship (Indian Hills Junior High)  * $1,000 scholarship  * Must have attended Indian Hills Junior High at least one full year and be planning to attend a post-secondary 4-year institution * 2020 Mike Siepmann Scholarship Application (pdf)

UPDATE: Students are now asked to submit their scholarship application directly to the Siepmann Family by May 1st. The Counseling Center will provide Mrs. Siepmann with the information to be completed by the student’s counselor. Please send applications to:

Mrs. Cyndi Siepmann
813-29th St.
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

4/7/20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 1)
Karsyn’s Krusaders/Jessica Miller Memorial Cancer Scholarship Program  * Five $1,000 scholarships  * Eligible candidates have either had a dianosis of cancer before age 18 and have been treated for a pediatric form of cancer OR are a sibling (biological, half-blood or step-sibling) of a person diagnosed with a pediatric form of cancer  * Karsyn’s Krusaders/Jessica Miller Memorial Cancer Scholarship Application 4/13/20
Sacred Heart Home & School Scholarship  * $500 scholarship  * Eligible students graduated from the 8th grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School in West Des Moines  * 2020 Sacred Heart School Scholarship Application REVISED Sacred Heart Scholarship Information (due to COVID-19)
4/14/20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 3)
Peoples Trust & Savings Bank Scholarship  * $500 scholarship to a graduating senior from each of the following schools: ADM, Greene County Schools, Guthrie Center Schools, Ogden, West Des Moines Valley, Waukee, and Urbandale  * Applicant does not need to be an account holder  * 2019 Peoples Trust & Savings Bank Scholarship Application (pdf will be updated if scholarship renews) 4/15/19
Bill of Rights Institute “We the Students” Essay Competition * Over $20,000 in scholarship and prizes  * Students are asked to consider, and write a 500-800 word essay: What does civil discourse mean to you?  * http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/ 4/15/20
VandeVenter Family Memorial Scholarship  * In memory of Valley student Carson VandeVenter and his love of running and Cross Country  * $500 scholarships awarded to one boy and one girl * Must be an active member of the VHS Cross Country Team * 2020 VandeVenter Family XC Scholarship Application 2020 (pdf)  
UPDATE: Students are now asked to submit their scholarship application directly to the VandeVenter Family by May 1:

The VandeVenter Family
605-30th St.
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
4/15/20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 1 )
Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program  *  Up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree  * Applicant must exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States  * Must demonstrate critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA) * Must demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity  * Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Application  * https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/ 4/15/20
DMACC Foundation Scholarship  * Scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000  * Eligible students are students graduating in Spring 2019  * For more information visit https://dmacc.edu/foundation/Pages/scholarships.aspx (link) 4/15/20
Northwest Bank Scholarship Program  * $1,000 scholarship * Eligible students are enrolled as full-time students at an accredited Iowa institution * Students must be in a business program (accounting, finance, communications, marketing) * APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO MRS. MALY IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY THE DUE DATE   *  2020 Northwest Bank Scholarship Application

UPDATE: The requirement to submit two recommendations and a copy of your transcript has been waived for 2020. Students who don’t wish to wait to submit their application may turn it in electronically to Don Nickerson at DNickerson@bank-northwest.com, or in person to Mr. Nickerson at Northwest Bank, 5700 University, West Des Moines.

4/15/20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 1)
CODE Scholarship  * $10,000 scholarship awarded to one Valley High School student  * Letters of recommendation from VHS staff members and a personal recommendation required along with a two-page essay  * Preference is given to applicants whose parents have not attended college  * 2020 CODE Scholarship Application
UPDATE: Please mail your completed application to Mr. David Maxwell, Valley High School. 3650 Woodland Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266 by May 1. NOTE: You do not need to include an official transcript. An unofficial transcript printed from Infinite Campus is acceptable. You will be contacted for an interview after the deadline.
4/17/20  (DEADLINE REVISED TO MAY 1)
Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC) Scholarship  * $500 scholarship awarded to one female and one male student from Valley High School  * Must be a senior with a minimum 3.8 GPA in a challenging curriculum  * Current PAC members are not eligible  * 2020 Principal’s Advisory Council Scholarship

UPDATE: Please mail your completed application to Mr. David Maxwell, Valley High School. 3650 Woodland Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266 by May 1.

4/20/20 (DEADLINE REVISED TO MAY 1)
Vietnam Veterans of America Kit Williamson Memorial Scholarship  * Two $500 awards  * Open to Vietnam Era Veteran family members * Vietnam Veterans of America Kit Williamson Memorial Scholarship Fund (pdf) 4/30/19
Friends of Franklin Avenue Library Scholarship  * $1,000 scholarship for a graduating ’19-’20 senior  * A complete application includes a letter to an author and a reflective essay  * For more information and to apply  visit https://www.ffaldm.org/scholarship (link) 4/30/20
College Funding Forecaster Giveaway  * Weekly drawings for educational expense awards plus two college scholarships for high school seniors attending college in fall 2020  * Complete the College Funding Forecaster tool to estimate total college costs over four years and enter contact information to register  * Iowa Student Loan College Funding Forecaster Giveaway (link) 4/30/20

  May Due Dates

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship  * Scholarships to those who identify as a female/woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science  * For more information and to apply visit https://swe.org/scholarships/ (link) 5/1/20 (Application for the 20-21 school year opens March 1, 2021)
Larry W. Carter Scholarship Fund  * Available to African-American students  * Honors Larry Carter who was educated in Des Moines and worked at Norwest Financial, eventually becoming one of the highest ranking African-American corporate officers in Des Moines  * Larry W. Carter Scholarship Application (link) 5/1/20
Mary E. Wood Scholarship Fund  * Available to African-American students  * Honors Mary Wood, a Des Moines native and graduate of Des Moines schools and Drake University  * Wood was the first African-American woman in the U.S. to be named executive director of a greater metro YWCA  * Mary E. Wood Scholarship Application (link) 5/1/20
Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation *  Group of scholarships open to all undocumented students, regardless of their eligibility for DACA  * Scholarships do not have GPA or volunteer/club involvement requirements  * For more information and to apply visit https://www.undocuscholars.com/. 5/1/20
American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship  * $1,000 to $5,000 scholarship  * Applicant must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (2024, 2023, 2022, or 2021) and must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen * Students complete an application packet and essay  * Financial need is NOT considered  * ACF Visionary Scholarship Application (link) 5/1/21
Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship * $5,000 Scholarship  * Eligible applicants must be Protestant, a resident of Iowa, and attending the University of Iowa full-time * 2019-2020 Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship Application (pdf) 5/1/20
Robert D. Blue Scholarship  * Amounts vary annually from $500-$1,000  * Applicant must be an Iowa resident planning to attend an Iowa college/university during the 2019-2020 school year  * Students must demonstrate literary and scholastic ability; exhibit qualities of truth, courage, and fellowship; and display moral force of character  * http://www.rdblue.org/ 5/10/20
ZBH Courageous Award* $1,000 scholarship named for founder Zachary Bales-Henry  * Recognizes LGBTQ and Allied students across Iowa who work to create welcoming and inclusive spaces for others  * Applicants must be an out member of the LFBTQ community or vocal ally  * Must be active with Iowa Safe Schools and a member of the Iowa GSA Network or Queer Campus Coalition  * 2019-2020 ZBH Courageous Award (pdf) 5/22/20
B. Davis Scholarship  * $1,000 scholarship  * For high school juniors and seniors (and students currently registered at any postsecondary institution. * Applicant must submit an essay addressing the following prompt: “Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.”  * B. Davis Scholarship Application (link) 5/24/19
Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarships  * Applicant must be directly affected by childhood cancer (individuals who currently have or have had cancer before age 18, or a sibling of that individual)  * Applicant must be within CCC’s service area and attend an accredited two- or four-year institution  * 2019 Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarships (pdf) 5/24/19
Nile C. Kinnick Scholarship  * $15,000 in total scholarships awarded to 12-15 males ranging from $750 to $3,000 attending the University of Iowa  * Awarded by Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Iowa  * Apply online at http://www.kinnickscholarship.org/ 5/25/19
Iowa State Triangle Scholar-Leader Scholarship  * $2,000 First place award and three $500 second place awards  * Merit-based scholarship for freshmen & sophomore men enrolled at Iowa State in engineering, architecture, and science majors  * The ideal candidate demonstrates credible academics, passion for their field, leadership and community involvement  * Apply at www.IowaStateTriangle.org/scholarship 5/31/19

 June Due Dates

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants Scholarship  * $1,000 scholarship  * Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of the web site: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm
6/12/20
Latinos Unidos of Iowa Scholarship  * $1,000 scholarships for Latino/Latina students who will attend Iowa institutions of higher education  * Participation in community service important criterion 6/15/19
Iowa PGA Section Charlie Burkart Scholarship  * $1,500 (per year for four years) scholarship to at least one high school  graduate* Awarded in memory of PGA member, Charlie Burkart, head professional of Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids for 47 years  * Winners selected on basis of interest and activity in golf and potential for future contributions to the game among other criteria  * Iowa PGA Charlie Burkart Scholarship (link), 2021 Iowa PGA Charlie Burkart Scholarship Application (pdf) 6/18/21
 2019 BigSun Scholarship  * Open to all student athletes who are high school seniors (or attending a post secondary institution)  * Short essay (500-1000 words) required answering questions regarding participation in high school sports  * For more information visit http://www.bigsunathletics.com/ 6/19/19

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship  * One-year scholarships of $1,500 or $3,000 to those graduating high school (or already enrolled in college in any year of study, including graduate school) established to encourage and support women-identified lesbians in their pursuit of higher education. Submissions will be judged on academic achievement, outstanding community service and leadership, and commitment to impacting LGBTQ issues  * https://www.stonewallfoundation.org/scholarships/

6/26/19 by noon/12pm EDT

July DUE DATES

 

Darryl Jahn Memorial Scholarship  * Candidates who apply by this deadline will be considered for the last of three $1,500 scholarships for Lutheran men entering Iowa State University in Fall 2021  * Offered by Beta Sigma Psi Lutheran fraternity alumni  * Criteria include scholastic achievement and active participation in the community and churches  * http://epsilon.betasigmapsi.org/scholarship/ (link)

7/1/21