Scholarship season is right around the corner, as we are informed of scholarships available for the 2021-22 school year we will update the list below. Under that you will find all of the scholarships that we were made aware of for 2020-21, 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.**
The counselor has a scholarship binder that you can check out and we can also print any needed transcripts, 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.
May 10 – Robert D Blue Scholarship
June 18 – Iowa PGA Foundation Scholarship
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
NO DEADLINE LISTED – see websites for more information:
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.
SCHOLARSHIPS WITH NO SET DEADLINES OR THEY VARY:
Sept 1-May 15: Iowa FFA Scholarships – many different ones with different dates
Nov 1-Mar 11: Iowa Student Loan Scholarships – various deadlines
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
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.
SOONER THAN LATER, open until June or until all scholarships are used up – Medical Associates Certified Medical Assistant Scholarship – 100% Fully Funded
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
Horatio Alger Scholarship – 4 year undergrad application Dec 1-Mar 15; Career & Technical available Spring 2022
2020-21 SCHOLARSHIPS BY DEADLINE usually they are very close, so check them out or google the name of the scholarship to search for this year’s edition:
2021-22 SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES PASSED:
Oct 31, 5PM – Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
Nov 10 – Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Nov 15 – Elks Foundation Most Valuable Student – need NOT be related to a member of the Elks
Available mid-Sept 21, deadline Nov 30 – ICPA Scholarship – Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association Scholarship
Dec 1 – Hagan Scholarship – for rural students
Dec 1 – Christina Hixson Opportunity Award – Iowa State Univ. – Financial need is a major criteria for this scholarship
Dec 31 – SOY Scholarship Application – child/grandchild of an American Soybean Assoc. member, pursuing agriculture degree
Dec 31 – E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award
Jan 14 – Star Student Scholarship of Iowa – for senior with IEP
Jan 14 – US JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Program – very detailed application with many requirements
Jan 28 – UNI Theatre Scholarship Application
Jan 31 at 11:59PM –National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution Awards
Jan 31 – AgVantage FS Scholarship– Must be dependent of an AgVantage FS employee or customer and have at least 2.5 GPA.
Feb 1 – Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. Masonic Scholarship– Do NOT need to be Mason to apply.
Feb 4 – Warren A Morrow Memorial Scholarship – Iowa Credit Union
Feb 10 – Farm Bureau Scholarship – Iowa Farm Bureau Scholarships, Dean Kleckner Global Agriculture Scholarships, Rural Family Medicine Scholarships
Feb 11 – Iowa Newspaper Foundation (INF) for students preparing for careers in media.
Feb 11 – 1st Gateway Credit Union Scholarship
Feb 15 – Great River Bend Community Foundation Scholarships – live in Jackson/Clinton Co
Feb 17 – Alliant Energy Community Service Scholarship – applications accepted Dec 1-Feb 17
Feb 18 – Conservation Districts of Iowa CDI Scholarship – Scholarship Info 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 22 – Farm Kids for College Scholarship
Feb 28 – Aegon Asset Management Scholarship
Feb 28 – Big Sun Scholarship – for Athletes
Mar 1 – Midland FFA Alumni Scholarship – local scholarship WILL BE AWARDED TO MIDLAND STUDENTS
Mar 1 – Jackson County Ag Scholarship
Mar 1 – Great Clips Scholarship – student pursuing cosmetology or barbering school
Mar 1 – Iowa United Methodist Foundation Scholarships – must be attending a Methodist College
Mar 1 – MCEC Technical Scholarship – mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College.
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 by 11:59PM – 4-H College Scholarships
Mar 1 – Anna Husmann Scholarship – Wayne Zion Lutheran Church Website (can start looking for it on their website Jan 1 each year)
Mar 1 – Innovative Ag Scholarship
Mar 1 – All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant – submit FAFSA form, Iowa Financial Aid Application by Mar 1
Mar 1 by 5PM – Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education – application available here Dec 1
Mar 1 – Hills Bank Leadership Grant – FOR JUNIORS, do not need to be a 4-H member to apply
Mar 4 – Midwest Technical Institute
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 4 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: Laurie Petersen Excellence in Music and Citizenship – Community Foundation of Jackson County -Click “Apply Now” then you need to create an account to apply.
Mar 4 – Barry Watters Community Service Scholarship – Community Foundation of Jackson County -Click “Apply Now” then you need to create an account to apply.
Mar 7 – ELKS Vocational Grants– for individuals pursuing a 2 year vocational training/education program.
Mar 12 – Cedar Rapids Realtors Scholarship
Mar 12 if used at Iowa State- Farm Credit Land Grant Scholarship – college of ag at Iowa State or other land grant university
Mar 15 – Ronald D & Kathleen M Stender Scholarship – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP
Mar 15 – Kirkwood Community College Scholarships – deadline for round one of all scholarships
Mar 15 – 2nd District Merit Award
Mar 15 – Hoover Uncommon Student Award – for JUNIORS
Mar 18 – Cedar Rapids Realtor Scholarship
??Mar 19 ??– no exact deadline given for 2022, Mar 19 was 2021 deadline– Better Business Student of Integrity Scholarship
Mar 31 by 4:30PM – Jones County 4-H Scholarship
Mar 31 – Keith Dirks Scholarship – Application form can be downloaded from Friends of Jones County Conservation and Nature Center website
Mar 31 – Iowa Hospital Education Research Foundation Scholarship – going into health care, willing to work in Iowa for one year following graduation: https://iherfscholarship.fluidreview.com/
Available in Feb, deadline Apr 1- Jerry Wood Scholarship – Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association 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 – Opaa Scholarship for a student pursuing a career in food service/hospitality industry or dietetics.
Apr 1 – Iowa Pork Producers Scholarship
Apr 1 – Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Scholarships – applications open Feb 1
Apr 1 – Herman Sani OR Ann Griffel Scholarship – for golfers, one is for girls and one for boys
Apr 4 – Robert Smiley Scholarship
Apr 5 – Coronado Car Club Scholarship
Apr 5 – 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 13 – Midland PATS Scholarship – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO 2 MHS SENIORS
Apr 15 – Midland Education Association Scholarship THIS IS A LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP & WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS GRAD
Apr 15 – Judy Rohwedder Memorial Scholarship – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR
Apr 15 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: McCreight Community Service Scholarship needs mailed to OJ Ambulance!
April 15 – MEA Scholarship – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIORS
April 15 – American Legion Merit Awards
Apr 15 – Matthew Shepard Scholarship for students who are openly LGBTQ
Apr 29 – Aegon Asset Management Scholarship
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
May 1 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: Ruth Ann Colony Scholarship – Application Form
May 1 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: Angelina Kosticheck Memorial Scholarship
May 1 – Oxford Junction Improvement Inc. Scholarship – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP
May 1 – Clinton County Master Gardener Scholarship – must be Clinton county resident going into horticulture.
May 2 – Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship – must be Iowa resident of Protestant faith attending the University of Iowa full time.