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

Due Date

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
La’James International College  * $1,500 scholarships are available in the Counseling Center to students interested in attending La’James to study Cosmetology, Esthetics, or Massage Therapy  * See Mrs. Maly 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

 August Due Dates

Drake University Balanced Man Scholarships  * Five scholarships of $500 for incoming freshmen males at Drake University for the 2018-19 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://goo.gl/forms/vNYqZQrceyWgY3tG2 8/1/18

September Due Dates

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 9/27/18
The Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women  * $500 (amount will increase in 2018) scholarship to provide financial support to college women who are striving to lead healthy lifestyles  * 500-word essay on the importance of a healthy lifestyle  *Skin Care Ox Scholarship details and application 9/30/18

 October Due Dates

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, October 1, 2018.  Once the local chapter has 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. 10/1/18, Noon CST
AES Engineering Scholarship  * $500 scholarshiphttp://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm 10/6/18
Distinguished Young Women Scholarship * Open to senior women involved in school and/or community activities  * Outstanding in academics, leadership, athletics or the arts * The October 14th date is two weeks prior to the Qualifier nearest our area: Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Norwalk, IA, 3-5 p.m. * www.IA.DistinguishedYW.org 10/14/18
2018 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards  * Educational grants are available for students who are part of the graduating class of 2018  * 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)  * www.hispanicheritage.org or www.hhfyouthawards.com 10/15/18
Wendy’s High School Heisman  * Eligible students have a 3.0 GPA, participate in at least one sport, and lead in the classroom and community * One male and one female winner from each school, leading to competition at the state and national level  * Scholarships awarded to students who advance to national level  * Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship application  (link) 10/17/18
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 10/21/18
Golden Door Scholars  * Scholarship recipients will receive funding to support tuition, room and board for a four-year degree at Golden Door partner schools and schools offering in-state tuition to students with DACA status * Students who have applied to or are interested in other colleges should also apply  * Applicants must have DACA  * Strong preference will be given to applicants who plan to concentrate their studies in one of the following areas (or one similar): Engineering, Computer Science, Technology or Math  *  https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/ 10/25/18
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/ 10/25/18
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 10/31/18
ACT College & Career Student Champion * The ACT Student Champion is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and a plan in place  * High school seniors who have overcome challenges and can articulate their education and/or career actions  * At a minimum, students must have a composite ACT score of 22 on a single test date OR a Gold ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate®  * Applicants must be members of the graduating class of 2019 who have taken the ACT  * ACT Student Champion Application  10/31/18
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition  * Audio-essay program open to students in grades 9-12  * 2018-2019 Theme: Why My Vote Matters  * 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

10/31/18
KidGuard for Education Scholarship Program  * $500-$1,000 scholarship for students in grades 9-12  * Candidates will submit an essay based on a prompt regarding issues such as cyberbullying, online predators, teen suicide and childhood depression in the age of technology  For more information and to submit visit https://www.kidguard.com/nonprofits/high-school-scholarship/ 10/31/18

 November Due Dates

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. 11/6/18
Garage Door Nation Scholarship  * $1,500 scholarship to rewards students who have shown a “DIY” attitude by helping out their communities and being involved in school programs to better their environment  * Criteria include academic achievement, financial need and active participation in our community  * Applicants prepare a 1-3 minute video explaining why they’re a good fit for the scholarship  * Find more information and apply online at http://www.garagedoornation.com/#Scholarship 11/15/18
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/ 11/15/18
James Cox Student Photography Scholarships  * 11 $2,500 scholarships  * Honors the life of Television Photojournalist James Cox  * https://www.jamesalancoxfoundation.org/ 11/15/18
Jerry Woods IRMCA Scholarship  * Eligible students will pursue a major course of study in the building trades, including concrete technology and practice  * Student must be entering an Iowa community college or tech school  * 2019 Jerry Woods IRMCA Scholarship(pdf) 11/30/18

 December Due Dates

H.S. Ostlin Memorial Scholarship  * Eligible students reside in six Iowa counties, including Polk and Dallas  * Students must file FAFSA and have an offer of admission from Iowa State University by December 1, 2017  * To apply for this and other ISU scholarships visit http://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/scholarships/  12/1/18
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) 12/5/18

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/pwdscholarship

12/6/18 by 3 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/ 12/11/18
 Annual CGTrader Scholarship   * $2,000 award for winner, two $500 awards for runners-up  * CGTrader is a 3D model marketplace backed by the strong designer community of more than 500k members  * CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology writing an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives  * 500-1,000 word essay required on “The future of technology in education”  * https://www.cgtrader.com/scholarships 12/14/18
AXA Achievement Scholarship  * $10,000 and $25,000 with a winner in every state  * Open until first 10,000 applications have been received  * AXA Achievement Scholarship 12/14/18
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. 12/14/18 (Nominations will be submitted to IHSGAU by posted deadline 12/31/18)
Iowa State University Hixson Opportunity Award  * $16,000 grant to Iowa State University * 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/ 12/15/18
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 12/15/18

Zeta Kappa Lambda Educational Foundation Scholarship * Open to ethnically diverse students from the Des Moines area * ZKL Educational Foundation Scholarship Information and Application (link)

12/31/17

 January Due Dates

The Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women  * $1,000 scholarship to provide financial support to college women who are striving to lead healthy lifestyles  * 500-word essay on the importance of a healthy lifestyle  *Skin Care Ox Scholarship details and application 1/1/19
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) 1/4/19
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 1/4/19 to be considered for Valley’s nominee; One selected nominee will then complete online application by 1/9/19  * Click here for information on BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship  * BBB Student of Integrity Judging Criteria 2019  * 2019 BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship Valley Nomination Process 1/4/19 to submit judging criteria; 1/9/19 Nominee to complete online application
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) 1/4/19
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  * 2018-2019 Timberline Scholarship Brochure  * 2018 2019 Timberline Scholarship Application (pdf) 1/15/19 by 4pm
United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship  * $1,000 grants * Open to graduating high school seniors in states that have an active JCI Senate program  * Students must plan to continue education at accredited post-secondary college, university or vocational school. * 2018-2019 United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Application (pdf) 1/11/19
Clive Chamber of Commerce Scholarships  * Two $1000 scholarships to graduating 2019 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.  

1/15/19

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) 1/18/19
2019 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 2020 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. 1/23/19 by 5pm EST
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) 1/31/19
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 1/31/19

 FEBRUARY Due Dates

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

2/1/19
Grand Lodge of Iowa Scholarship  * Open to high school seniors graduating from an Iowa public high school  * $2,000 scholarships * No Masonic connection required  * Principal criterion is service to school and community with an emphasis on leadership roles  * 2019 Grand Lodge of Iowa Masonic Scholarship Application (pdf) 2/1/19
2019 Drake Physics Prize Examination  * Online exam given in early February (February 6-8, 2019) 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) 2/4/19

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship  * $1,500 scholarship  * Students must be studying an ag-related field of study (including science, technology, business and engineering)  * Applicants not required to be FFA members  * FFA.org/scholarships

2/6/19
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) 2/15/19
Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship Program  * 80 $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 9/15/18 * Program guidelines and application form available on www.hy-vee.com. 2/9/19
Marine Credit Union Member Scholarship  * Five $1,000 scholarships  * Applicant must be an MCU member or dependent  2018-2019 Marine Credit Union Scholarship Application 2/10/19
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 * 2/12/18
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 are essential qualities of a citizen in your community in 21st century America? * http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/ 2/14/19
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/goyaculinary/ 2/15/18
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Scholarship  * Awards ranging from $500 to $5,000 * Candidates write an essay on the impact Alzheimer’s Disease has had on their life  * For more information and to apply visit www.youngleadersofafa.org 2/15/18
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/
2/15/19
Sparking 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/ 2/15/19
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/ 2/15/19
Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship  * 30 Iowa high school seniors will each receive $2,000 for fall 2018 college expenses   * 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 2/22/19
Legal Support Professionals of Polk County  * $300 scholarship from the Legal Support Professionals of Polk County (LSPPC), together with $500 from Legal Support Professionals of Iowa (LSPI)  * Qualified applicants will pursue a law-related field of education (i.e. training for legal assistant, paralegal, legal secretary, or attorney)  * 2/21/18
2018 University of Iowa Community Credit Union Community Give & Grow Scholarship Program  * Up to three $1,000 scholarships to UICCU members planning to attend an accredited college or university full-time  * Qualified students planning to attend a community, trade, or technical college will be considered  * Emphasizes the importance of volunteer hours and contributions to non-profit organizations  * For more information and to apply online, visit https://www.uiccu.org/give-grow-scholarship 2/26/18
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/2019WDMSSFApplication * COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PRINTED AND TURNED IN TO MRS. GERSDORF IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY 2/28/19 * No late applications will be accepted! 2/28/19
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/2019WDMSSFApplicationSheldon S. Idso Memorial Scholarship 2/28/19
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/2019WDMSSFApplicationLisa Ewald Scholarship Statement and Criteria 2/28/19
WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund + Emily 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 APPLICATION: bit.ly/2019WDMSSFApplication + 2/28/18
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 APPLICATION: bit.ly/2019WDMSSFApplicationCarmen Wade Memorial Scholarship 2/28/19
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DSM Alumnae Chapter) Helen Lemme Scholarship  * Honors the life of Helen Lemme, a civil rights and community leader in Iowa City, IA * African American students are eligible  * Must live in the toll-free calling area of Des Moines  * 2/28/17

 March Due Dates

Polk County Farm Bureau Ag Enhance Scholarship  * $2,000 scholarship  * Candidates must be Polk County residents and a graduating senior, enrolled in a post-secondary Iowa school, and planning to major in an agricultural-related field, education, or nursing  * Parents must be members of Polk County Farm Bureau  * Apply online at www.polkcountyfarmbureau.com (link) 3/1/19
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  3/1/18

IT Leadership Forum Technology Scholarship  * $1,000 scholarship * Eligible students are Iowa high school seniors who have been involved in STEM classes or clubs and plan to pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa college, university or community college  * Candidates must plan to enroll as a full-time student and pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa college, university or community college  * For complete scholarship criteria and the online application visit: http://bit.ly/2018ITLFscholarship

 3/1/18
ICAN Outstanding Student Scholarship Honoring Steve Loven  * Two $250 scholarships honoring ICAN founder Steve Loven  * Eligible students are Iowa high school seniors graduating in 2018 who will be attending a two- or four-year institution in Iowa beginning in Fall 2018  * Online application is available at ICAN Outstanding Student Scholarship Application (link)  3/1/18
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) 3/1/17
Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education Scholarship  * 15 $2,000 scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry or a related field  * Must be from one of a limited number of Iowa counties, including Polk  *  3/1/18
Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program  * For openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Iowa high school seniors  * Gold Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $40,000 over four years to one of Iowa’s three state universities  * Silver Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $9,000 to any U.S. college or university  * Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program Application (link) 3/1/18
Mandelbaum Family Scholarship (Iowa State University)  * Awarded to students from the Des Moines area attending ISU  * Preference given to students enrolled in Political Science, Economics, and International Relations  * Selection also based on academic achievement and financial need  * Visit Iowa State’s Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships online to apply 3/1/18
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) 3/1/18
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) 3/1/18
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  *2019 MCEC Technical Scholarship Application 3/1/19
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  * 3/2/18
DMACC Foundation Scholarship  * Scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000  * Eligible students are students graduating in Spring 2018  * For more information visit https://www.dmacc.edu/foundation/Pages/application.aspx 3/2/18
 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  * 3/2/18
Charles Nicolay Educational Foundation Scholarship (Masonry Institute of Iowa)  * Eligible candidates are high school seniors (or college or university students) interested in a career in Masonry, Construction, Engineering, Architecture  * Must be an Iowa resident, and attend an Iowa college or university  *Masonry Foundation Scholarship Application (link) 3/2/18
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Tau Chapter  * Delta Kappa Gamma Society is an organization of women educators  * $500 award to a senior student in the Polk County suburban area who will be majoring in education  * COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO MRS. MALY IN THE COUNSELING CENTER NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd TO BE CONSIDERED AS VALLEY’S NOMINEE. *  Applications are due to Counseling on 3/2/18: Valley will forward nominee’s application by 3/15/18
Bank Iowa Spirit of Chandy Scholarship * Honors the late Chandy Clanton, a former Vice Chair of Bank Iowa  * $500 scholarship to a senior boy and senior girl from each of seven regions * NEW FOR 2018 – 3 SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AWARDED  * Preference given to students who participate in swimming, biking, running or flying  * 3/5/18
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  *  3/8/18
***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

3/15/18
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 3/15/18
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) or 3/15/18
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  * 3/16/18
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 NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017 TO BE CONSIDERED AS VALLEY’S NOMINEE *

 

Applications are due to Counseling on 3/20/18; Valley will forward nominee’s application to IGHSA by 3/23/18
***JUNIORS ONLY***

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 withe admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s best colleges  * Apply at www.questbridge.org

3/21/18
Kiwanis Club of West Des Moines Tuition Grant  * Up to $1,000 grant  * Specifically for students who plan to pursue a one- or two-year post-secondary education program  (see application for examples of eligible programs) COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED BY THE DUE DATE  * 3/22/18
Acacia Leadership Scholarship  * Up to fifteen (15) $1,000 scholarships  * Open to any male graduating senior from an accredited high school who attends Iowa State University  * 3/23/18
Darryl Jahn Memorial Scholarship  * Three $1,500 scholarships for Lutheran men entering Iowa State University in Fall 2018  * 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) 3/23/18
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) 3/31/18
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  *   3/31/18
2017-2018 Iowa National Guard Minuteman Scholarship  * Full Tuition and Fees OR Room and Board with book stipend, and monthly stipend * Scholarship recipients are eligible for State Educational Benefits and receive drill pay through Army ROTC Simultaneous Membership  * Contact Sgt. Lance Golay at 515-252-4364 3/31/18
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) 3/31/18
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  *APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO MRS. MALY IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY THE DUE DATE  * 3/31/18
The Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women  * $1,000 scholarship to provide financial support to college women who are striving to lead healthy lifestyles  * 500-word essay on the importance of a healthy lifestyle  *Skin Care Ox Scholarship details and application 3/31/18
Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund (JMSMSF)  * Qualified candidates are high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with plans to attend a four-year U.S. college or university  *Students must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participating in community services or other extra curricular activities  * Combined adjusted income of the parent(s) cannot exceed $50,000  * For more information and to apply visit https://jmscottmemorialfund.org/  3/31/18

 April Due Dates

Des Moines Mothers of Multiples Scholarship  * $500 scholarship  * Must be a multiple birth student (twin, triplet, or higher order multiple) with plans to attend a college, university, trade or vocational school for the 2018-2019 school year  * 4/1/18
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. 4/1/18
Capital Striders Scholarship  * Five $1,200 scholarships to graduating seniors in Polk County  * Must have lettered in cross-country during the 2016-2017 school year  * Must have been accepted to attend a college, university, or vocational school and attend that school in Fall 2018  * http://www.capitalstriders.org/scholarships/ 4/2/18
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 United Methodist Church member nor any other religious organization  *  4/2/18
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) 4/4/18
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) 4/4/18
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  * 4/6/18
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  * 4/6/18
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) 4/6/18
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 * APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO MRS. MALY IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY THE DUE DATE  * 2019 Mike Siepmann Scholarship Form 4/10/19
ZBH Courageous Scholarship  * $1,000 scholarship named for founder Zachary Bales-Henry  * Benefits LGBTQ students across Iowa who create safe, supportive, and nurturing learning environments and communities  * Applicants must be Iowa residents, enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2017, and “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.  * For full requirements and the application visit ZBH Courageous Scholarship (link) 4/14/18
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 * APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO MRS. MALY IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY THE DUE DATE   * 2017-2018 VandeVenter Family Cross Country Scholarship Application 4/16/18
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  * 2018 Peoples Trust & Savings Bank Scholarship Application 4/15/18
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   *  2018 Northwest Bank Scholarship Application 4/20/18
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  * APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO MRS. MALY OR MR. WIELAND IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY THE DUE DATE  * 2018 CODE Scholarship 4/20/18
Sacred Heart Home & School Scholarship  * $500 scholarship  * Eligible students graduated from the 8th grade at Sacred Heart School in West Des Moines  * 2018 Sacred Heart Scholarship Application 4/22/18
2018 Student-View Scholarship Program  * $11,000 worth of scholarships for students planning to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school  * Students complete an online survey (15-25 minutes) about colleges in your area  * Scholarships are awarded to students selected randomly  * www.studentinsights.com 4/22/18
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  *  APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO MRS. MALY IN THE COUNSELING CENTER BY THE DUE DATE * PAC members are not eligible  * 2018 Principal’s Advisory Council Scholarship 4/23/18
Vietnam Veterans of America Kit Williamson Memorial Scholarship  * Two $500 awards  * Open to Vietnam Era Veteran family members * 2018 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship 4/30/18
Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS) 2018 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) 4/30/18

  May Due Dates

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 (2022, 2021, 2020, or 2019) and must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen * Students complete an application packet and essay  * Note: This is a national scholarship, and when you start your application you are also allowing ACF to offer you access to additional college search and match resources * Financial need is NOT considered  * ACF Visionary Scholarship Application (link) 5/1/19

Vivint Smart Home Scholarship  * Five $1,000 scholarships * Open to high school seniors or college students who are legal residents of the United States  * Applicants are required to submit a video (more information on the website) * For more information and to apply visit http://www.vivint.com/scholarship

5/1/18
Metro Waste Authority Environmental Stewardship Scholarship  * Two $1,000 scholarships  * Open to students pursuing an environmental field, accepted at an accredited college or university, and residing in Metro Waste Authority’s service area (Clive, Windsor Heights and West Des Moines are included) For complete information on eligibility and to download the application visit Environment Stewardship Scholarship  5/1/18 (opens 1/30/18)
Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship * $800 Scholarship  * Eligible applicants must be Protestant, a resident of Iowa, and attending the University of Iowa full-time * 2018-2019 Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship (pdf) 5/1/19
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/ 5/10/19
College Funding Forecaster Giveaway  * Weekly drawings for educational expense awards plus two college scholarships for high school seniors attending college in fall 2018  * Complete the College Funding Forecaster tool to estimate total college costs over four years and enter contact information to register  * www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Giveaway  5/11/18 (opens March 5th)
3rd Annual CelebrAsian Scholar Application  * Event and award ($750) to showcase young Asian women & men that will best represent their culture, beauty, intelligence and talent  * Runner up gets $250 Scholarship  * Eligible candidates must be a senior in High school (up to a Junior in College) and of Asian heritage by at least one parent  * Candidates must show their dedication to Community Service, education and their culture  * For full requirements and to apply online visit https://www.iowaasianalliance.com/celebrasian-scholar-info 5/11/18 (by 5pm)
Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize  * $1,000 (1st place)  and  $500 (2nd place)  *   Students submit essays addressing questions regarding Humanitarian Emir Abdelkader’s life, legacy, and relevance  * Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize Information and Application (pdf) 5/15/18
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) 5/15/18
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) 5/15/18
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 Scholarship  * 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  * 2018 Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarship 5/25/18
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/ 5/31/18
Accuplan Benefit Services Promotional Scholarship  * $2,000 scholarship * Eligible students are high school seniors and college students enrolled and attending classes no later than Fall 2018  * Candidates must make a short video regarding retirement  * For more information visit https://www.accuplan.net/scholarship-promo.htm  5/31/18

 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
6/14/18
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/  6/15/18
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 Application (link)  6/14/19
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  * Latinos Unidos of Iowa Scholarship Application (link) 6/15/18
 2018 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/ 6/19/18
The Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women  * $1,000 scholarship to provide financial support to college women who are striving to lead healthy lifestyles  * 500-word essay on the importance of a healthy lifestyle  *Skin Care Ox Scholarship details and application 6/30/18
 ZipRecruiter Scholarship  * $3,000 scholarship  * Essay submission required describing a past or present job or an ideal post-graduation job  * Must be 18 to apply  * For full scholarship details visit https://www.ziprecruiter.com/scholarship  6/30/18