Scholarships

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. 

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


2021-22 DEADLINES:

Jan 14 – Star Student Scholarship of Iowa for senior with IEP  

Jan 14 – Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa

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 – GFWC / Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs Scholarship 

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

Feb 15 – Mediacom World Class Scholars Scholarship Program 

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 28Aegon Asset Management Scholarship

Mar 1 – Jones County Cattlemen’s Scholarship

Mar 1 – Grand Lodge of Iowa MCEC Technical 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 – Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Connections Scholarships

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 – Governor Terry E Branstad Iowa State Fair 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 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: Laurie Petersen Excellence in Music and Citizenship – click on scholarships, click on Scholarship Eligibility Document for description OR CF Online Scholarship System to apply

Mar 4 – Barry Watters Community Service Scholarship – online application goes live on Jan 15  then click on scholarships, click on Scholarship Eligibility Document for description OR CF Online Scholarship System to apply

Mar 4 – Iowa Communications Alliance Scholarship

Mar 7 – ELKS Vocational Grants– for individuals pursuing a 2 year vocational training/education program. 

Mar 11 – Eastern Iowa Light And Power Cooperative Scholarship 

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 – Road to Success Scholarship – Grinnell Mutual Insurance

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 deadlineBetter Business Student of Integrity Scholarship

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 4Robert Smiley Scholarship

Apr 15 Judy Rohwedder Memorial Scholarship – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP

April 15 – MEA Scholarship – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL GO TO MIDLAND STUDENTS

April 15 – American Legion Merit Awards 

May 2 Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship must be Iowa resident of Protestant faith attending the University of Iowa full time.

June 18 – Iowa PGA Foundation Scholarship

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:

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

Engineering Scholarships at Iowa State University

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:

Nov 20 – Iowa Women in Natural ResourcesScholarship Scholarship Application

 Jan 5 ?- Darryl Jahn Memorial Scholarship -for Lutheran men going to Iowa State

Jan 14 – FFA Scholarships

Mar 1 – Midland FFA Alumni Scholarship -LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL GO TO MIDLAND STUDENT – check w/ FFA advisors

Mar 1 – Jackson County Agricultural Scholarship 

Mar 5 by 4:30PM – Jones County 4-H Scholarship

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

Mar 26 – Dutrac’s Academic Scholarship Program

Mar 31 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP: Lost Nation-Elwood Telephone Company Scholarship – must have 678 or 826 phone prefix Application Form – Scholarship letter

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

Mar 31 – Jones County Pork Producers Scholarship – Online application form Youtube video for more info

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

Apr 1 – Opaa! Scholarship 

Apr 1 – Professional Educators of Iowa Scholarships 

Apr 1 – Iowa Pork Foundation Scholarship

Apr 1 – Herman Sani OR Ann Griffel Scholarship – for golfers, one is for girls and one for boys

Apr 2 – Jones Regional Medical Center Scholarship for student planning to study a health care field

Apr 3 – Peace Pipe Players Community Theater Scholarship Application

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 9 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: Jones County Community Foundation Scholarship 

Apr 13 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: Wyoming Mutual Telephone Company – Parents must have a Wyoming phone, prefix 488. 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 MAILED TO MIDLAND CSD, PO BOX 109, WYOMING, IA 52362 SO IT ARRIVES BY APRIL 13.

Apr 15 – Wapsi Bottoms Area Whitetails Unlimited – send to Derek Feuss, 7359 Hwy 64, Wyoming, IA 52362

Apr 15 – Matthew Shepard Scholarship for students who are openly LGBTQ 

Apr 15 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR: McCreight Community Service Scholarship needs mailed to OJ Ambulance!

Apr 16 – Midland Education Association Scholarship THIS IS A LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP & WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS GRAD

Apr 30 – Starlighters Theatre Scholarship for the Performing Arts

Apr 30 – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO MHS SENIOR:Calkins Prize – $100 1st prize, $50 2nd: Seniors can write a 400-500 word essay on “SUBJECT TBA” Essay should be typed, double spaced in Calibri or Times New Roman 12 point font. Due to office by 3:15 on Apr 30.

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 10 – Robert D Blue Scholarship – SCHOLARSHIP SUSPENDED IN 2020-21 DUE TO COVID – check for 2022…

May 30 – Attending a community college in Iowa for a career in manufacturing? Apply for this https://www.iowaabi.org/upl/downloads/library/elevate-2021-scholarship-application.pdf

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

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 31E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award

Jan 6 – GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program