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Iowa Merit Awards for Dramatic Performance

The Donna Reed Foundation offers the Iowa Merit Awards for Dramatic Performance scholarship of $1,000 to high school students in Iowa to pursue undergraduate programs in performing arts.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 28, 2024
Application Deadline
May 31, 2024
Closing in 12 Days
$1,000
5 Award Winners
Open
$500–$5,000
32 Award Winners

KASF Midwestern Regional Chapter Scholarships

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for all academic levels ranging from $500 to $5,000 to eligible students to complete their desired degrees. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
April 1, 2024
Application Deadline
June 30, 2024
Open
$500–$5,000
32 Award Winners
Closed
$500–$3,000
9 Award Winners

Conservation Districts of Iowa scholarships

The Conservation Districts of Iowa offers its Conservation Scholarships, ranging from $500 to $3,000, to nine students pursuing programs in agriculture and other related fields.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 18, 2023
Closed
$500–$3,000
9 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000–$3,000
12 Award Winners

UMSA Foundation Scholarship Program

The Upper Midwest Security Alliance Foundation Scholarship (UMSA), administered by the UMSA Alliance, is awarded to students from the Upper Midwest enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in security-related fields.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$3,000
12 Award Winners
Closed
$12,000
1 Award Winner

Iowa State University Loyal Scholar Award

Iowa State University offers the Iowa State University Loyal Scholar Award of $12,000 to exceptional students in Iowa to pursue undergraduate four-year degree programs.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
January 2, 2023
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$12,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$8,000
1 Award Winner

Iowa State University Forever Scholar Award

Iowa State University of Science and Technology offers the Forever Scholar Award scholarship to two first-year students for the course of four years in the major of their choice.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
January 2, 2023
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$8,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner

George White Memorial Scholarship

The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education offers the George White Memorial Scholarship to qualified students in Iowa to advance their education and pursue careers in the automotive industry.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,500
2 Award Winners

John Deere Scholarship

The $2,500 John Deere Scholarship is given to one Midwest US student and one diverse Midwest U.S. student enrolled in a welding engineering or weld engineering technology program annually.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$2,500
2 Award Winners
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner

Michael T. Clemons Scholarship

The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education offers the Michael T. Clemons Scholarship to one qualified student in Iowa to advance their education and pursue careers in the automotive industry.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners

IBAA Aviation Scholarship

The Iowa Business Aviation Association (IBAA) offers the IBAA Aviation Scholarship to two deserving students each, pursuing an aviation degree program in a two-year or four-year program in Iowa.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 11, 2023
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
50 Award Winners

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship, administered by ISL Education Lending, offers $1,000 to 50 high school students who intend to enroll in undergraduate degree programs.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 11, 2023
Closed
$1,000
50 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500–$11,500
15 Award Winners

Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award

The Hoover Presidential Foundation awards 15 high school juniors $1,500 each along with another $10,000 granted to four top achievers to further their education and obtain undergraduate degrees.

Eligible Grades
High School Junior
Application Open Date
January 15, 2023
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Closed
$1,500–$11,500
15 Award Winners
Closed
$500
15 Award Winners

Elevate Scholarship Program

Elevate Iowa offers the Elevate Scholarship Program to 15 graduating high school seniors who will be attending an Iowa community college in the fall for a career in advanced manufacturing.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Closed
$500
15 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – High School Seniors

The Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to high school senior students who live in states with Regions' full service and plan to enroll in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – College Students

The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to undergraduate students who live in states with Regions' full service and are enrolled in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners
Closed
$500–$2,000
1 Award Winner

IPAA Aviation Scholarship

IPAA Aviation Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors who are passionate about joining the aerospace industry and undergraduate students pursuing a degree in aviation in Iowa.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$500–$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$225–$7,500
1 Award Winner

Iowa Tuition Grant

The Iowa College Aid offers the IowaTuition Grant, ranging from $225 to $7,500, to undergraduate students enrolled in four-year degree programs at an Iowa private college or university.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2022
Application Deadline
July 1, 2023
Closed
$225–$7,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,200–$2,400
1 Award Winner

Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant

The Iowa College Aid Commission offers the Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant of $1,200 to students enrolled in vocational or technical education courses at an Iowa community college.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2022
Application Deadline
July 1, 2023
Closed
$1,200–$2,400
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500
30 Award Winners

Study.com November Scholarships

The Study.com November Scholarships offer 30 students in any field of study from the United States or 25 specific states a $500 scholarship each to pursue their undergraduate studies.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
May 2, 2023
Application Deadline
November 1, 2023
Closed
$500
30 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000–$6,000
1 Award Winner

North Central Region 9 Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to one high school senior or undergraduate student enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university within the North Central region.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 1, 2024
Closed
$1,000–$6,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,125
2 Award Winners

American Transmission Co. Scholarship

The American Transmission Co. Scholarship, administered by the Society of Women Engineers, supports female students from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana enrolled in engineering-related majors.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Senior
Application Open Date
December 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 1, 2024
Closed
$1,125
2 Award Winners
Closed
$500
1 Award Winner

IEHA Scholarship

The Iowa Environmental Health Association offers the IEHA Scholarship of $500 to deserving graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students pursuing environmental health or related fields in Iowa.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 1, 2024
Closed
$500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
3 Award Winners

Upper Midwest Chapter Emmy Student scholarships

The Upper Midwest Chapter Emmy Student Scholarships each provides financial help to students, ranging from high school seniors to graduate levels, pursuing a degree in journalism, broadcasting, or electronic media.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 3, 2024
Closed
$1,500
3 Award Winners
Closed
$6,000
2 Award Winners

Hearld and Marge Ambler Scholarship

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks offers the Hearld and Marge Ambler Scholarship of $6,000 to two college students each, pursuing business-related degree programs. Preference is given to accounting majors.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
March 24, 2024
Closed
$6,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program

The ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program offers 185 $1,500 flight e-passes to undergraduate and graduate students who travel away from home to study.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2024
Application Deadline
April 26, 2024
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners

About Iowa Scholarships

Iowa is a great place to study, with plenty of educational opportunities available. The University of Iowa in Iowa City is a top-ranked public institution that offers students an impressive range of degree programs. The state also offers a variety of private and community colleges that offer cost-effective options for students looking to pursue their studies. Whether you’re interested in earning a degree or just taking some classes to gain skills, Iowa has something for everyone. The state’s economy and employment opportunities are also strong, making it an excellent place to start a career after graduation

Did you know that Iowa is one of the best states in the country for students seeking scholarships? According to recent reports, Iowa offers more than $500 million in scholarship money every year. This makes the search for scholarships a little less daunting and opens up opportunities for students from all backgrounds. The amount of money available varies depending on your field of study and other qualifications, but there are plenty of options out there for students who take the time to look. In addition to private scholarships, the state of Iowa also offers a range of grants and loans that can be used to pay for school expenses. So don’t let the cost of college scare you away – there are plenty of ways to make it affordable. Start your search today and see what Iowa has to offer!

Cost of college in Iowa 2023

In the state of Iowa, the average cost of college is around $14,000 per year. This varies depending on the school you attend and your chosen field of study but is a good estimate for the average student.

There are three schools in Iowa that stand out as particularly affordable: The University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, and Simpson College. All three schools charge tuition rates below the national average and offer a variety of financial aid options to help students pay for school. So if you’re looking for an affordable education, Iowa is a great place to start your search.

Top Colleges in Iowa

The state of Iowa is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the country. From small liberal arts schools to large public institutions, students have many options when it comes to pursuing higher education in Iowa. Some of the top schools in this great state include the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and Drake University.

The University of Iowa is one of the oldest public universities in the Midwest and offers a wide range of academic programs including business, engineering, law, medicine, and more. In addition to its impressive academic program, UIowa also has an active student life with many clubs and organizations available for students interested in involvement on campus.

Iowa State University is another popular school located just outside Des Moines that offers over 100 undergraduate majors as well as graduate degrees. With both on-campus housing and off-campus living options available for students, ISU provides an exciting college experience for those looking for a traditional campus atmosphere. Two scholarships offred by ISU include the Loyal Scholar Award and the Forever Scholar Award.

Drake University is a private liberal arts school located right near downtown Des Moines. This university features strong academics coupled with unique opportunities such as study abroad programs or internships that make it stand out from other similar schools around the region. No matter what type of degree you are seeking, Drake’s faculty and staff are dedicated to helping each student succeed.

Iowa Engineering Scholarships

Are you looking to pursue a career in engineering? Iowa is home to some of the best engineering schools and programs in the country. With its strong academic reputation, generous scholarships, and financial aid opportunities, Iowa has become an attractive destination for aspiring engineers. From prestigious universities like the University of Iowa to smaller colleges such as Coe College, there are plenty of options available for students pursuing engineering education in this Midwestern state. Whether you’re interested in mechanical engineering or civil engineering, there are numerous scholarships available that can help make your dream a reality. Some great engineering scholarships you can use to pursue engineering in Iowa include John Deere Scholarship by the American Welding Society, the SAE Doctoral Engineering Scholarship, and the AISES Intel Growing The Legacy Scholarship Program.

Iowa scholarships for high school seniors 2023

Iowa high school seniors have access to a wide range of scholarships and financial aid opportunities. Whether you’re looking for help covering tuition costs, living expenses, or books, there are numerous programs designed to provide assistance. From state grants and merit-based awards to private scholarships from local organizations, Iowa has something for everyone. With careful research and planning, students can find the perfect scholarship to make their college dreams come true.

Here are 5 Iowa scholarships for high school seniors.
Iowa State University of Science and Technology awards the Iowa State University Loyal Scholar Award worth $12,000 to students.
The Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award is worth between $1,000 and $11,500.
The Iowa State University Forever Scholar Award awards $8,000 to students.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards $,2500 through the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts.
The Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant is awarded by Iowa College Aid and is worth between $1,200 and $2,400.

Tips for winning Iowa scholarships

1. Start early: Many Iowa scholarships have deadlines as early as September or October of your senior year. Make sure to begin researching and applying for scholarships ahead of time so that you don’t miss out on any possible opportunities.

2. Get organized: Keep track of all the scholarships you apply for, deadlines, and essay requirements. Make sure to stay on top of payments, deadlines, and additional materials that may be required.

3. Invest in your essay: Most scholarship applications require an essay for consideration so make sure to spend plenty of time crafting a thoughtful and well-written response. Ask for help from friends or family if needed to ensure you create a strong essay.

4. Network: Reach out to local organizations, alumni groups, and community foundations that offer scholarships. These groups may have awards that are more specific or require less competition than larger scholarship programs.

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for Iowa scholarships?

To apply for an Iowa scholarship, visit the websites of relevant organizations or institutions in your area, as well as sites such as Scholaroo to search for scholarships that match your criteria. You can also find local scholarships sponsored by civic groups, businesses, and other groups through a free online scholarship search tool provided by the Iowa Student Educational Loan Fund (ISELF).

Are there any deadlines to be aware of when applying for an Iowa scholarship?

Different organizations may have different deadlines; be sure to check all relevant information before submitting your application so you don’t miss any deadlines or opportunities.

What are the eligibility requirements for an Iowa scholarship?

The eligibility requirements for an Iowa scholarship vary depending on which organization is offering the grant money. Generally, applicants must be either current undergraduate students within their respective high school districts in Iowa or recent high school graduates from within those districts who are attending college full-time at an accredited institution located in the state.