Scholarships

Scholarship season is right around the corner, as we are informed of scholarships available for the 2023-24 school year we will update the list below. Under that you will find all of the scholarships that we were made aware of for 2022-23, most will once again be available to our students with a similar deadline.

***Unfortunately our office staff doesn’t have a lot of time to devote to this process, so we suggest if this page isn’t updated that you search for those offered before. Any local ones that we get new forms for will for sure be added to this page when received. We will also email out to both seniors and their parents all scholarships received in our office. Watch specifically for emails from Mrs. Lasack on scholarships.**

The counselors or the front office can print transcripts as needed, just stop by and ask. If anyone knows of any additional scholarship info please forward to the front office so we can share with all!

IMPORTANT – Maybe one of the most important things to keep in mind with scholarships is to WATCH THE APPLICATION DEADLINES. Be sure to give any references plenty of time to write their letter of recommendation for you, don’t ask them at the very last minute as you want that letter to be as complete as possible and to be submitted on time. Missing the deadline by as little as a day can make the difference between receiving a scholarship and not even being considered for it no matter how well qualified you are. Be vigilant with deadlines!

Always try to type your applications, if you cannot do that then use pen and take your time writing legibly. Never use pencil to fill out any type of important form.

Iowa College Access Network has created this website with great information on Applying for Scholarships and Grants, as well as a number of other informational items. https://www.icansucceed.org/financial-aid/scholarships-and-grants

Also always check for scholarship information on the website of the school you plan to apply for. They have many sources that are specific to their college or university. Use their search bar to narrow down what might work for you.


Scholarship Hints borrowed from Dutrac Credit Union scholarship website:

High school students can improve their chances of earning a scholarship with these tips.

  • Research Opportunities
    Start looking for scholarships now. Although eligibility may not occur until becoming a senior, start becoming informed of various scholarship eligibility requirements as early as possible.
  • Improve Grades
    If not already making straight A’s in the most challenging courses the school offers, everyone can always improve upon their grades. Not all scholarships are based on academic achievement, but having a strong GPA will only increase the chances of receiving a scholarship. Keep in mind many athletic scholarships carry specific academic requirements as well.
  • Get Involved
    Becoming involved in extracurricular activities will also increase the opportunity to be selected for a scholarship. Many eligibility requirements for scholarships are based on participating in outside school activities, leadership experience or specific skills learned through non-school activities.
  • Gain Experience
    Become more skilled in those areas of expertise rewarded or recognized by scholarships. For example, if interested in a business scholarship, consider an internship or part-time job in a specific industry of interest. Gain further insight and experience through volunteer opportunities as well as extracurricular activities.
  • Organize Your Materials
    Keep a binder of scholarship opportunities, applications, essays and letters of recommendation. Organize materials by deadline to ensure submission in a timely manner
  • Apply For As Many Scholarships As Possible
    The best way to improve your chances of qualifying for scholarships is to submit as many applications as possible – and for those scholarships that best meet your qualifications or experience. Find opportunities through your school’s guidance office, local businesses and various civic organizations.

Remember, all these actions will benefit you in many ways. Make decisions that are “right” for you, rather than “right” for scholarship applications alone. Becoming prepared, more socially and academically well-rounded, and involved as well as community active will automatically make you a stronger scholarship candidate.


COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE

The following guide includes instructions from a teacher and college counselor on the scholarship application process, information on the benefits of scholarships, a list of different types of scholarships, and other forms of financial aid for students. 

https://edubirdie.com/blog/college-scholarship-guide


Iowa Scholarship Directory, a list of 100+ vetted scholarships for students across the state, broken down by month.  


2024 SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES & INFORMATION

Apr 30 – Calkins Prize – $150 – Seniors can write a 400-500 word essay on “How will your education at Midland affect the rest of your life.” Essay should be typed, double spaced in Calibri or Times New Roman 12 point font. Put your name on another sheet of paper or post it and staple it to your essay. Due to the HS office by 3:15 on Apr 30. LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR

Apr 30Iowa Pork Producers Scholarship

May 1 – Midland Education Association Scholarship LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIORS

May 1 – OJ Improvement Scholarship – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP – must live in the Midland District or attend Midland HS.

May 1 Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship must be Iowa resident of Protestant faith attending the University of Iowa full time.

May 1 – Angelina Kosticheck Memorial ScholarshipLOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR

May 5 – RISE Scholarship – for Midland student – see ParentSquare notification sent 4/29 by Mrs. Lasack

May 10 – Robert D Blue Scholarship – submit online 

June 19 – Big Sun Scholarship – for Athletes

July 1 – Iowa Tuition Grant – must have FAFSA completed by July 1

July 1 – Kibbie Grant – Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant – must have FAFSA completed by July 1

July 1 – Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant – file Iowa Financial Aid Application, FAFSA completed between Oct 1 and July 1


SCHOLARSHIPS WITH NO SET DEADLINES OR THEY VARY:

Sept 1-May 15: Iowa FFA Scholarships – many different ones with different dates

Baldwin Telephone Scholarship – must have 673 phone – must complete application, check w/ their office to verify you qualify – they will mail you an application form.

Onslow Telephone Scholarship – must have 485 prefix phone – no application necessary, contact Onslow Telephone Company directly in April if you have a 485 phone landline.

Tabor Scholarship – OJ resident / outstanding senior – awarded by scholarship committee

River Valley Coop AAS Ag Program Sponsorship – no deadline

ISL Education Lending – for students in 9-12 – two application periods one in fall 9/1-11/30 and one in spring

Great River Bend Community Foundation Scholarships – live in Jackson/Clinton Co – many different due dates, scholarship application is available Nov 1.

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship – Cash Scholarships and College-Granted Scholarships – no deadline listed, see website for more info.

Iowa State Univ Scholarships Awards – OneApp – Opens Sept 15 deadlines will vary depending upon the scholarship or opportunity, encourage students to log in to OneApp early and often. 

Iowa National Guard Service Program  – for Iowa National Guard members attending Iowa colleges/universities

Obrella – Variety of scholarships sponsored by insurance related sources. Check to see if you qualify for any, be sure to check deadlines as they vary.

Bright Scholars of Iowa – for a variety of Iowa schools 

Catherine McAuley Scholarship Program – admitted to Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids 

Scholarship Guidance – several scholarships varying deadlines

Education and Training Voucher Grants – for students who have exited foster care or were legally adopted, see details

Engineering Scholarships at Iowa State University

Horatio Alger Scholarship – 4 year undergrad application Dec 1-Mar 15; Career & Technical available Spring 2022


2022-23 Scholarships deadlines: 

May 1 – Clinton County Master Gardener Scholarship must be Clinton county resident going into horticulture.

May 5 – Hope Education and Social Services Scholarship

June 18 – Iowa PGA Foundation Scholarship


23-24 Scholarships deadlines have passed:

Oct 2, 5PM – Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

Nov 13 at 11:59pm PST – Elks Foundation Most Valuable Student – need NOT be related to a member of the Elks

Nov 30 – ICPA Scholarship – Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association Scholarship (available mid September)

Nov 30 – NHS Scholarship

Dec 1 – Hagan Scholarship – for rural students

Dec 31 – SOY Scholarship Application – child/grandchild of an American Soybean Assoc. member, pursuing agriculture degree – website opens up in October, check after that

Jan 3 Christina Hixson Opportunity Award – Iowa State Univ. – Financial need is a major criteria for this scholarship

Jan 5 at 3PM CST – GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program application opens Oct 16

Jan 12 – Star Student Scholarship of Iowa for senior with IEP  

Jan 12Better Business Student of Integrity Scholarship

Jan 12 – Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa

Jan 15 – UNI Theatre Scholarship Application 

Jan 19 – US JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Program – very detailed application with many requirements

Jan 31 – Farm Bureau Scholarship

Jan 31 at 11:59PM –National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution Awards

Jan 31 – Keep Iowa Beautiful Scholarships: Byers Environmental Scholarship & William J. Fultz Communications & Marketing Scholarship

Jan 31 – AgVantage FS Scholarship– Must be dependent of an AgVantage FS employee or customer and have at least 2.5 GPA.

Feb 1 – Iowa National Guard Student Scholarship

Feb 1 – GFWC / Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs Scholarship 

Feb 1 – Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. Masonic Scholarships–  Do NOT need to be Mason to apply.

Feb 2 – Warren A Morrow Memorial Scholarship – Iowa Credit Union

Feb 9 – Conservation Districts of Iowa CDI Scholarship – There are county level recipients and state level recipients. Applications due back to county Soil Water Conservation Development office. Jones county office is in Anamosa

Feb 15 – Alliant Energy Community Service Scholarship – applications accepted Dec 1-Feb 15

Feb 16 – Iowa Newspaper Foundation (INF) for students preparing for careers in media.

Feb 20 – Farm Kids for College Scholarship

Feb 28 – Mediacom World Class Scholars Scholarship Program 

Mar 1 – Jones County Cattlemen’s Scholarship

Mar 1 by 11:59PM – 4-H College Scholarships

Mar 1 – Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship

Mar 1 – FAFSA and Iowa Financial Aid Application – by completing the FAFSA form Iowa students qualify for many scholarships – All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship –  Both FAFSA and Iowa Financial Aid Application must be submitted by Mar 1

Mar 1 – Iowa United Methodist Foundation Scholarships – must be attending a Methodist College – open annually Dec 1-Mar 1

Mar 1American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships 

Mar 1 – Innovative Ag Scholarship 

Mar 1 – Anna Husmann Scholarship –  Wayne Zion Lutheran Church Website (can start looking for it on their website Jan 1 each year)

Mar 1 by 5PM – Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education  (application available here Dec 1 each year)

Mar 1 if used at Iowa State- Farm Credit Land Grant Scholarship – college of ag at Iowa State or other land grant university – There are also some 4 year college opportunities. Click on the application tab for due dates and information.

Mar 1 – Grand Lodge of Iowa MCEC Technical Scholarship

Mar 1 – MCEC Technical Scholarship – mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College.

Mar 1 – Hills Bank Leadership Grant – FOR JUNIORS, do not need to be a 4-H member to apply 

Mar 1 – Great Clips Scholarship – student pursuing cosmetology or barbering school

Mar 1 – All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant – submit FAFSA form, Iowa Financial Aid Application by Mar 1 

Mar 1 – Governor Terry E Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship

Mar 3 – Iowa Communications Alliance Scholarship

Mar 3 – Eastern Iowa Light And Power Cooperative Scholarship 

Mar 4 – Community Foundation of Jackson County – Various Jackson County Scholarships Once you click the link, scroll to “Apply Now” and this will take you to a new page to create an account or log in to begin the application.

Mar 5 Jackson County Scholarships through Community Foundation – applications for multiple scholarships available Jan 5 – committees will score applications in March and decisions will be made in April. This includes Laurie Petersen Scholarship, Barry Watters Scholarship, and Arthur & Ruth Carstensen-Youtz Memorial Scholarship plus many more. You should look to see if you qualify for others. Document on creating an account in their system. Be sure to check junk mail folder if you do not receive it.

Mar 5 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: Laurie Petersen Excellence in Music and Citizenship – If involved in music, citizenship or church PLEASE apply for this scholarship! Laurie was a cook at MMHS and this $1400 scholarship can make a big difference for students, she would love that! Community Foundation of Jackson County – Use “Go Apply” system – Direct link to create an account: https://goapply2.akoyago.com/dubuque/identity/account/login – an email will be sent to confirm their account and if not received, check your junk mail.  Available Jan 15 – due Mar 5

Mar 5 – Barry Watters Community Service Scholarship – Community Foundation of Jackson County – Use “Go Apply” system – Direct link to create an account: https://goapply2.akoyago.com/dubuque/identity/account/login – an email will be sent to confirm their account and if not received, check your junk mail.  Available Jan 15 – due Mar 5

Mar 5 – Arthur & Ruth Carstensen-Youtz Memorial Scholarship – English literature, drama or speech arts – Community Foundation of Jackson County – (Jackson County High School students) This scholarship was established in 1997. It has been made possible from contributions made by family and friends of Mrs. Youtz, a former teacher. Eligibility Criteria: • Student must intend to major in English Literature, Drama or Speech Arts in preparation for teaching  – Use “Go Apply” system – Direct link to create an account: https://goapply2.akoyago.com/dubuque/identity/account/login – an email will be sent to confirm their account and if not received, check your junk mail.  Available Jan 15 – due Mar 5

Mar 6 – ELKS Vocational Grants– for individuals pursuing a 2 year vocational training/education program

Mar 11 – Eastern Iowa Light & Power (REC) Scholarship

Mar 15 – Olin Methodist Church Scholarship – Application Form – must be attending a Methodist College

Mar 15 – Cedar Rapids Realtors Scholarship

Mar 15 – 2nd District Merit Award

Mar 15 – Hoover Uncommon Student Award – for JUNIORS

Mar 15 – Road to Success Scholarship – Grinnell Mutual Insurance

Mar 15 American Legion 2nd District Scholarship

Mar 15Midland FFA Alumni Scholarship – local scholarship WILL BE AWARDED TO MIDLAND STUDENTS

Mar 15 – Ronald D & Kathleen M Stender ScholarshipLOCAL SCHOLARSHIP

Mar 15 – CRAAR Scholarship

Mar 15 – Kirkwood Community College Scholarships – deadline for round one of all scholarships (7/15 is 2nd round deadline) – opens Oct 1 each year, need K number to enter.

Mar 19 – Midwest Technical Institute

Mar 22 – Dutrac’s Academic Scholarship Program

Mar 31 – Herman Sani OR Ann Griffel Scholarship – for golfers, one is for girls and one for boys

Mar 31 – Jones Regional Medical Center Foundation Scholarship

Mar 31 – Keith Dirks Scholarship– for Jones Co Students – Application form can be downloaded from Friends of Jones County Conservation and Nature Center website

Mar 31Robert Smiley Scholarship

Apr 1 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: Wyoming Mutual Telephone Company – Parents must have a Wyoming phone (prefix 488) or receive internet or cable service from them. Seniors write a letter stating why you deserve their scholarship. Do NOT include your name on the letter – be sure your name is attached with post it or something and delivered to Midland High School, PO Box 109, Wyoming, IA 52362 so it arrives by APRIL 1. Check will be issued after your first semester of college and you must pick it up in their office. Contact them with any questions if you area awarded this scholarship.

Apr 1 – Jones County Dairy Promotion Scholarship

Apr 1 – American Legion Legacy Scholarship – apply Jan 1-Apr 1

Apr 1 – Jones County Beef Ambassador’s Scholarship

Apr 1 Peace Pipe Players Community Theatre Scholarship

Apr 1 – Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Scholarships – applications open Jan 1

Apr 1 – Professional Educators of Iowa Scholarships 

Apr 1- Jerry Wood Scholarship – Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association Scholarship (Available in Feb)

Apr 1 – Starlighters Theatre Scholarship for the Performing Arts

Apr 14 – Jones County Community Foundation Scholarship

Apr 2 – Midland PATS ScholarshipLOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO 2 MHS SENIORS

Apr 5 Coronado Car Club Scholarship

Apr 10 – LNE Communications Scholarship ApplicationLNE Communications Scholarship Info Letter

Apr 12 – Mabel Vacek Scholarship – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OJ ADDRESS STUDENTS – both seniors and college students ALL application materials due to the HS office by 3PM

Apr 14 – Matthew Shepard Scholarship for students who are openly LGBTQ 

Apr 15 Judy Rohwedder Memorial ScholarshipLOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR

Apr 15 – Wapsi Bottoms Sports Club Whitetails Unlimited – due 15th to counselor OR Apr 20 directly to Derek Feuss

Apr 15 – Olin School FFA Post-Secondary Scholarship