Guidance and Scholarships

Guidance and Scholarships

The mission of the Hillcrest Academy Counseling Department is to help students determine and follow God’s plan for their lives. We explore their strengths and interests through various assessments and experiences, which allows them to examine options for their future in college, career, or service. Each year, the school counselor meets with students to:

  • Discuss the importance of taking their classes seriously

  • Review transcripts to learn about class rank and GPA

  • Share about national test options and recommended dates to take each one (PSAT/NMSQT, ACT, SAT)

  • Complete assessments to identify college options that best fit students’ needs

  • Explore career/college plans

  • Offer Mennonite College Night to learn about 2-year and 4-year colleges whose core beliefs are similar to Hillcrest Academy’s 

Approximately 90% of Hillcrest Academy students go directly to college following graduation. As a result, we help students and families navigate the complex world of college applications and financial aid, which allowed our students to be awarded with $915,870 in merit-based scholarships in 2019. Our school’s low student to counselor ratio allows us to meet individually with students to get to know their needs and prepare them for successful lives beyond our campus.

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Scholarships

Gates Scholarship. Recipients receive funding for the full cost of attendance to earn a bachelor’s degree that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university. Costs covered include tuition, fees, books, room and board, and may include additional personal costs. Students must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US, accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. Additional requirements include: must be a high school senior from at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American, and Pell grant-eligible, a US citizen, national, or permanent resident, have a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3. Visit thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship for more information. Deadline: September 15.

U.S. Senate Youth Program. Sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst foundation, the first phase involves bringing two students from each state to Washington, D.C. from March 1-8. Delegates will be immersed in Washington activities throughout their weeks’ stay. The second phase consists of the selected students receiving a college scholarship of $10,000. Apply at educateiowa.govDeadline: October 1.

YoungArts ScholarshipAs the sole national organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing artistic excellence in the visual, literary and performing arts (including cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing), YoungArts ensures the nations’ most outstanding high school students are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. 15-18 year-olds OR students in grades 10-12 are eligible to apply. Cash awards of up to $10,000 per student (over $500,000 in total awarded each year). Visit youngarts.org for details on the application requirements. Deadline: October 16.

Horatio Alger Iowa Scholarship. $10,000 scholarships to Iowans showing financial need, as well as integrity and perseverance in the face of adversity. Online applications may be submitted at horatioalger.orgDeadline: October 25.

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Criteria includes critical financial need ($55,000 or less adjusted gross income per family preferred), 2.0 GPA, and involvement in co-curricular and community activities. See scholars.horatioalger.orgDeadline: October 25.

U.S. Bank Scholarship. Five scholarships are awarded in a random drawing ($20,000, $10,000, $5,000). No essays, no minimum GPA required. Apply online at financialiq.usbank.comDeadline: October 25.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship. Criteria involves leadership, commitment to community, and academic achievement. Visit coca-colascholars.org for additional requirements, guidelines, and application information. Deadline: October 31.

Electric: Mobile Device IT Innovation Scholarship is a $1,000 award for any current or soon-to-be undergrad who has a passion for innovating in the mobile IT (software or hardware) space. Students applying must submit an essay where you explain, present, inspire, or otherwise convince us about your great idea for a solution that could help the world with our ever-expanding usage of mobile devices and our collective needs to manage, secure, use and improve them. Apply at electric.ai. Deadline: November 1. 

Ron Brown Scholarship. Named for the late secretary of commerce and inspired by his dedication to public service, the Ron Brown Scholar Program offers scholarships to African American high school seniors based on academic excellence, leadership potential, community service, and demonstrated financial need. Apply and learn more at ronbrown.org. Deadline: November 1.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award. This award provides a unique opportunity to recognize young people for volunteer service in their communities. One high school student in each of the 50 states will be named State Honorees in February and receive $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent or guardian in May. In Washington, five high school students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year. Each National Honoree receives an additional $5,000. If you feel you’ve made a positive difference through a volunteer activity during the past year, visit spirit.prudential.com to apply. Deadline: November 5.

Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding. Apply at jkcf.orgDeadline: November 13.

Toyota Financial Services Making Life Easier Scholarship Program. Criteria for this program includes good standing in the community and at school, GPA of 2.0 or higher, and will enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Awards range from $1,250-$5,000. Apply at learnmore.scholarsapply.org/toyotafinancialDeadline: November 13.

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship. This scholarship is about rewarding and showcasing excellence in academic achievement, physical fitness, interview and on-stage performance skills in talent and public speaking. Applicants must participate in a local program. Learn more at distinguishedyw.orgDeadline: December 1.

National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship. This scholarship is for students active in NHS and is based on the four pillars of NHS–scholarship, service, leadership, and character–and financial need is also a consideration. Learn more at nhs.usDeadline: December 6.

Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to children of county officials and county employees in the state of Iowa. Learn more at iowacounties.org. Deadline: December 6.

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts. Open to Iowa high school seniors planning to attend an Iowa college or university majoring in music, visual arts, photography, drama/theater, creative writing, or dance/performing arts. Apply at iowaculture.gov. Deadline: December 10.

Hixson Opportunity Award. This scholarship is awarded to students attending Iowa State University. Criteria include demonstrated financial need, overcoming challenges of personal and/or financial hardship, and residency in Iowa. View full eligibility requirements at hixson.dso.iastate.eduDeadline: December 15.

Burger King Scholarship. High school students, Burger King employees and their dependent children are eligible for this scholarship. Apply at bkmclamorefoundation.orgDeadline: December 15.

AFS Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students interested in studying abroad. Apply at afsusa.orgDeadline: December 20.

Equitable Excellence Scholarship. To qualify, students should be well-rounded, determined to succeed and have demonstrated achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Learn more at axa-achievement.comDeadline: December 20.

The Zebra’s scholarship is designed to help alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Iowa area. Applicants must be currently enrolled at or planning to attend a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States. They want to see your favorite road trip destination(s) in your state— from your unique perspective. There are no limits to what they’re looking for: a narrated animation, a slideshow of memorabilia, an illustrated map of the best roadside attractions on the way. This is a chance for you to showcase any place you love in as an original way as possible. To learn more, visit thezebra.comDeadline: December 31.

National Wild Turkey Federation’s Academic Scholarship. Qualifying seniors must have a 3.0 GPA, are pursuing a degree at an accredited institution, support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports. are a member of NWTF, involved in school activities, demonstrate ability as a leader among peers, demonstrate community involvement, and must submit an essay and autobiography exhibiting dedication to conservation. Apply at nwtf.orgDeadline: January 1.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship. The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program annually awards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. For more information visitreaganfoundation.org. Deadline: January 3.

United States Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation Scholarship. Consideration for this scholarship is based on the financial contribution of the applicant toward his or her own education. For more information go to usjcisenate.orgDeadline: January 6.

Profiles in Courage Essay Contest. Participate in the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest, by writing an essay about U.S. elected officials who have spoken truth to power by standing alone in the face of overwhelming political opposition. Visit jfklibrary.org for details. Deadline: January 17.

Eastern Mennonite University Brenneman-Longacher Math Scholarship. This award is for a new incoming math major and renewable for 4 years. It is awarded above and beyond any other grants and scholarships the student receives. Learn more at emu.edu/math/scholarship. Deadline: February 1.

U.S. All-Star Federation Cheerleading/Dance Scholarship. This scholarship is open to any college-bound senior that participates with any USASF member program. Obtain more information at usasf.netDeadline: February 1.

Optimist International Essay & Oratorical Contest Scholarship. Our local club offers a $500 scholarship for first place winners of the oratorical and essay contests. Winners move forward to the district level contests. Learn more about the local and international contests at optimist.org. Deadline: February 8.

Dean Gerot Memorial Conservation Scholarship. This scholarship competition is sponsored by the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District. The scholarships will be presented to Iowa high school seniors to be used for their first year of education on the college level while pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture. Apply at cdiowa.org (under the Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts tab, choose Resources). The application chosen by the district will be a awarded a $1,000 scholarship and will then be forwarded for statewide competition. Three state scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000. Regional winners who do not receive a state award will each receive $600. Deadline: February 14.

Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District Scholarship. Only those pursuing education in any field of agriculture or natural resources will be considered. Go to cdiowa.org for details. Deadline: February 15.

Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarship. Scholarships are for college students preparing for a career in the newspaper industry and attending an in-state college or university. Learn more at inanews.comDeadline: February 15.

Alliant Energy Foundation Scholarship. Up to 25 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded based on participation in a leadership role in community service activities and volunteer work; 2.5 or greater GPA; be a dependent child of a current Alliant Energy customer. For more information, go to alliantenergy.comDeadline: February 15.

EF Educational Tours Global Citizen Scholarship. Students with plans to travel create a 2-3 minute video and complete the application at eftours.com/global-citizenDeadline: February 15.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Scholarships available to Hispanic students planning to attend a 4-year college or university. Visit HSF.net for more details. Deadline: February 15.

National FFA Scholarship. This award is for those who have been a part of a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program as well as shown leadership in the FFA. Visit ffa.org for more details. Deadline: February 15.

Mediacom World Class Scholarship. Mediacom Communications will award scholarships to seniors attending post-secondary institutions. While it is not required that a student be a Mediacom customer, applicants must live in the areas serviced by Mediacom. Apply at mediacomworldclass.comDeadline: February 15.

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship. Seniors may enter for a chance to earn one of 30 $2,000 scholarships and will increase their understanding of college financing. Each recipient’s school will also receive a corresponding $500 award. Interested seniors should read more at IowaStudentLoan.org. Deadline: February 21.

Washington County Pork Producers Scholarship. Student must explain how his or her choice of career relates to the pork industry, be it animal agriculture, food science, textiles, environmental science, or engineering, for example. Student’s family must be a current member of the Washington County Pork Producers to apply for one of the $500 or $1000 scholarships available. Deadline: February 22.

SeedX Digital Marketing Scholarship. One college student will be awarded a scholarship for any worthwhile need directly related to education, such as tuition, books, supplies, or board at the students’ university or college. To apply visit seedx.us. Deadline: February 28.

Iowa Farm Bureau Scholarship. Applicants must be working toward a degree in one of following occupational areas of agriculture and/or agribusiness: Production, Horticulture, Sales and Service, Products and Processing, Forestry, Conservation, Mechanization, Research, Economics, Education, Nursing, and Ag Health. Candidate may be a two-year or four-year degree. More information at iowafarmbureau.com. Deadline: February 28.

James B. Morris Scholarship. This award provides financial assistance, motivation, and internship opportunities for Iowa’s minority students pursuing post-secondary education. Applicants must be of minority ethnic status as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be a US Citizen, Iowa high school graduate and resident of Iowa, plan to attend a US college or university or be a non-Iowa resident attending an Iowa college or university. Apply at morrisscholarship.org. Deadline: February 28.

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship.Students may receive awards of up to $4,644. Priority will be given to students who participated in federal TRIO programs, a Federal GEAR UP Grant program, graduated from alternative high schools, or aged out of the foster care system. Applicants must be an Iowa resident, graduated from an eligible high school or equivalency, attending an eligible Iowa college or university. Apply at iowacollegeaid.org. Deadline: March 1.

Heartland Co-op Scholarship. This award is for either a high school senior continuing their full-time education toward a career in agriculture, or an existing full-time college student already enrolled in an agriculture program. The college of choice must be an Iowa College that offers a program in agriculture. Go to heartlandcoop.com for details. Deadline: March 1.

Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship. Available to those who actively participate in the Iowa State Fair (past or present) and are planning to enroll at an Iowa college or university. Apply at iowacollegeaid.govDeadline: March 1.

Iowa Grocery Industry Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is for a child of a full-time employee, or a student that is a full-time or part-time employee of firms that are members of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. An applicant that is a full-time or part-time employee must have worked at least 300 hours between July 1 and December 31. For more information, go to iowagrocers.comDeadline: March 1.

JW’s Scholarships. This scholarships will be administered by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. Requirements are similar to the Iowa Grocery Industry Foundation Scholarship. Deadline: March 1.

Robert T. Hilton Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is for a graduating female athlete planning to participate in college athletics, preferably in Eastern Iowa. Deadline: March 1.

Sinclair Tractor has created an opportunity for students looking for a career in Ag diesel mechanics to get a $15,000 tuition reimbursement plus $5,000 in tools. And, Sinclair Tractor will donate $1,000 to the student’s FFA Chapter if they enroll & start the John Deere TECH program at Northeast Iowa Community College (Calmar). Please contact Amy Bos at amyb@sinclairtractor.com for additional information. Deadline: March 1.

Iowa Association of Naturalists Joe Halbur Scholarship. This award is for students who plan to further their education in programs of environmental education, cultural interpretation, historical interpretation, or outdoor recreation. For more information, go to ianpage.20m.comDeadline: March 1.

Veishea Community Involvement Scholarship. Two high school seniors planning to attend Iowa State University will be recognized for their achievements with a scholarship of at least $250. Criteria include a minimum 3.0 GPA, letters of recommendation, a list of volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities, and awards received, along with the application form. See your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: March 1.

Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education Scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be committed to pursuing automotive-related studies at a two- or four-year post-secondary institution. Learn more at iada.comDeadline: March 2.

Marine Corps Scholarship FoundationProvides scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen attending post–high school, undergraduate, and career technical education programs. Apply online at mcsf.org. Deadline: March 3.

Freddy Miranda Access Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to five high school seniors whose high schools and chosen colleges are members of Iowa ACAC. Freddy Miranda was someone who was giving of his time, cared for others, and had a desire to improve the world. It is our hope to honor Freddy’s memory by choosing scholarship recipients that embody similar qualities and characteristics. Apply at iacac.memberclicks.net. Deadline: March 4.

East-Central Iowa REC Scholarship. Students whose parents or guardians are members of ECI REC are invited to apply. The application and more details are at ecirec.coopDeadline: March 4.

Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship. The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, of which the Kalona and Wellman Cooperative Telephone Companies are members, makes this scholarship available. Students must be sponsored by of these telephone companies, meet the eligibility requirements, and complete an essay on the pre-determined subject. Learn more at frs.org/programs/youth-programs/scholarships. Deadline: March 6.

Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship will provide full tuition to qualifying Iowa FFA Chapter Presidents who attend DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College). This scholarship requires that you apply to DMACC, provide an electronic copy of your current transcript, and a letter of recommendation from the FFA Advisor. Apply at dmacc.eduDeadline: March 6.

Everence Scholarship. Students receive a college scholarship from their local Everence office. Of those winners, several will be selected as our national scholarship award recipients. Apply at everence.comDeadline: March 10.

Iowa Communications Alliance Scholarship. One high school student who lives in member service territories will receive a scholarship for up to four years. This award is to assist students from rural areas across Iowa with financial assistance to pursue higher education and to stay in rural Iowa after graduation. Apply at ioca.memberclicks.net/scholarships. Deadline: March 11.

Eastern Iowa REC Scholarship. Eligible students complete an essay, recommendation letter, application and their parents or guardians must be an Eastern Iowa REC member. For more information go to easterniowa.comDeadline: March 13.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarship. The academy awards several memorial scholarships for students pursuing a career in the television industry. Learn more at theemmys.tv/scholarships/. Deadline: March 15.

SAE Engineering Scholarship. This award is for students intending to earn a degree in engineering or a related science. See sae.orgDeadline: March 15.

Myron J. Walker Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student attending the University of Iowa, is a resident of Iowa, and planning to pursue a career in the ministry. The recipient is chosen based on academic excellence, overall fitness for the profession, and financial need. Apply at clas.uiowa.edu. Deadline: March 16.

Mattress Advisor Sleep Science Scholarship. Applicants demonstrate an interest in studying or pursuing a degree in sleep science, feel passionately about dreams, or are dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle, which starts by improving sleep quality. Applicants need to submit a written piece exploring their personal relationship with sleep health and the impact it’s had on their education. Apply here. Deadline: March 20.

Iowa City Area Association of Realtors Community Service Scholarship. Awards will be given to graduating seniors at high schools in the ICAAR service area. Although academic standing and extracurricular activities are important, they will not be the emphasis for this award. The primary focus will be on community involvement and service to others. For more info, go to icaar.orgDeadline: March 27.

Cobell Scholarship Program, administered by Indigenous Education, Inc., provides scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students who are enrolled members of US federally recognized tribes, pursuing vocational, undergraduate, and graduate degrees at nonprofit institutions. Applications are accepted hereDeadline: March 31.

Paragon IT Leadership Scholarship. Eligible students plan to pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa university or college. Learn more here. Deadline: March 31.

Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing an education or career in the performing arts. View more information at donnareed.org. Deadline: April 1.

Iowa Golf Association Ann Griffel Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to help Iowa senior girls who intend to further their education at an Iowa institution of higher learning, whether a college, university or trade school. Apply online at iowagolf.org. Deadline: April 1.

Iowa Golf Association Herman Sani Scholarship. Any graduating high school senior and resident of the State of Iowa with experience or background in golf is eligible to apply. Learn more at iowagolf.org. Deadline: April 1.

Mattress Nerd provides a scholarship to a student planning to attend college full-time in the US. Applicants must submit an essay, go to mattressnerd.com for details. Deadline: April 1.

Professional Educators of Iowa Scholarships. There are several scholarships available from PEI. Go to peiowa.org/foundation/scholarships for more information. Deadline: April 1.

Washington Bancorp Scholarship. This scholarship shall be awarded to a graduating senior with a strong desire to continue their education at a college or trade school. Persons interested in beauty school, auto body, etc. are encouraged to apply. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career, good citizenship, GPA, class rank and school involvement. Deadline: April 1.

Conclave Music Business and Radio Industry Scholarships. One broadcasting scholarship will be offered to attend Brown College of Minneapolis, MN or to The Specs Howard School of Broadcasting Arts of Southfield, MI. One Music Business scholarship will be awarded to the McNally-Smith College of Music located in St. Paul, MN. Criteria include an ambition to pursue a career in the broadcasting or music industry, a good academic record, and financial need. See your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: April 2.

Robert Smiley Scholarship Award. This scholarship is offered by the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union and the Smiley Family in honor of the longtime IGHSAU Associate Executive Secretary. In recognition of Mr. Smiley’s work toward ensuring the Iowa Girl is a leader of her peers, the IGHSAU created a scholarship to honor his legacy. This scholarship is for senior girls enrolled full-time in an Iowa high school. The recipient must have a 2.5 GPA and have lettered in one varsity sport sponsored by the IGHSAU each year of high school. There was a special place in Bob’s heart for the underdog. Therefore, extra attention will be given to the application showing a specific need. Each high school is limited to one nomination. Detailed instructions and the application can be found at ighsau.orgDeadline: April 3.

Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship. Each year, the Iowa Games awards a scholarship to one male and one female Iowan who have been involved in Iowa Games events in his/her lifetime. Apply at iowagames.orgDeadline: April 6.

Washington County Corn Growers Scholarship. To be eligible, the student must be a resident of Washington County, with plans to enter an accredited program with a minimum completion time of two years. The application does require that student to explain how his or her choice of career will relate to the corn industry. For example, a student majoring in food sciences, environmental science or engineering, will need to relate their course of student and career choices back to the agriculture industry. The scholarship is not restricted to students majoring in an agriculture field. Deadline: April 10.

Henry County Cattlemen Scholarship. Three $750 scholarships will be given to Henry County residents entering the second semester of the first year of college, and who plan to study at least two years following high school. The applicant must be from a family actively engaged in an agricultural sector. Applications may be obtained from the school counselor or the Henry County Extension Office at 127 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Deadline: April 11.

Associated General Contractors of Iowa Foundation is offering scholarships for students entering diesel technician or diesel engine diploma programs or heavy equipment operation, engineering technician, or general construction programs at community colleges across the state. Applications available from the school counselor. Deadline: April 12

Leo H. Grether Memorial Scholarship. Candidates for this award must submit a recording of two selections of a contrasting nature; listing of school music participation and accomplishments; letter listing music involvement in church and/or community co-signed by the pastor or civic leader; and a one-page essay entitled, “Why I have chosen choral music education as a career.” Review more details here. Deadline: April 15.

Winter Dance Party Scholarship. Candidates must be enrolled in a college as a music major; submit a one-page essay entitled: “Why I have chosen to major in music”; and include documentation of cumulative GPA. Mail to Iowa High School Music Association, PO Box 10, Boone, IA 50036. Deadline: April 15.

American Legion Legacy Scholarship. The American Legion wants to ensure higher education is a possibility for children whose parents have died while serving our country. Those eligible to apply shall be the child/children or legally adopted child/children or a child of a spouse by a prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty, National Guard, and reservists who were federalized and die on active duty on or later September 11, 2001. Learn more at legion.org. Deadline: April 15.

Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association Women’s Council Scholarship. This scholarship goes to a student planning to enter the skilled trades arena, Architecture-Construction-Engineering or other fields associated with home building. Applications available from your school counselor. Deadline: April 17.

John Culver Scholarship. Awarded to one who plans to attend any public or private, two or four year institution in the state of Iowa. Preference will be shown to applicants who have demonstrated an interest in politics and government, and who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. Deadline: April 19.

Wellman Lions Club Scholarship. A high school graduating senior with a Wellman mailing address planning further education next year as a full-time student is eligible to apply. Deadline: April 29.

Tylenol Scholarship. For students pursuing health-related careers. Apply online at tylenol.comDeadline: April 30.

Federation Bank Scholarship. Federation Bank, with locations in Washington, Brighton, Richland, and Wellman, is offering a scholarship of $500 to a senior student with a strong desire to continue their education at a college or voc-technical school. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career, good citizenship, GPA, class rank, school involvement, and financial need. Check with your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: May 1.

Great Clips Scholarship. Scholarships are available for individuals interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering. Application and details at jobs.greatclips.com/scholarship-application. Deadline: May 1.

Iowa Pork Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is for students enrolled in an Iowa college or university, majoring in an ag related field, maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA. More information at iowapork.org. Deadline: May 1.

Iowa Girls Coaches Association Scholarships. These awards are based on involvement in athletics, the student’s GPA, ACT or SAT scores, community involvement, and an essay. Go to iagca.org for more information. Deadline: May 1.

Kalona Lioness Club Scholarship. A scholarship to a Kalona-area student who plans to further his/her education in the health care field at an accredited college. The award is based on character, citizenship, scholarship, and financial need without regards to gender or race. Deadline: May 1.

Iowa Association of Building Officials Scholarship. This scholarship is for students planning to attend specific colleges and universities in architectural or building majors. See iabo.net/scholarships for complete list of eligible schools and majors. Deadline: May 1.

Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship. This award is for a student attending the University of Iowa, must be of the Protestant faith and a resident of the State of Iowa. Deadline: May 1.

West Chester Lions Club Scholarship. Each year this scholarship is awarded to a West Chester area senior student who plans on furthering their education at any type of post-secondary learning institution. Deadline: May 2.

Marek Trust Scholarship. One $2,000 scholarship with preference given to those going into healthcare professions. Deadline: May 6.

Robert D. Blue Scholarship. A one-year scholarship available for undergraduate or graduate study. Applicant is to attend one of Iowa’s institutions and plan to participate in a public service field upon graduation. More information is available at rdblue.orgDeadline: May 10.

F. E. Skola Scholarship. To be used to further advance a student’s education toward a nursing or health related career. Based on need, worthiness, and grades. Must be graduates of Hillcrest Academy or Mid-Prairie. See your guidance counselor to pick up an application form. Deadline: May 10.

Wellman Volunteer Ambulance Scholarship. Set up to assist with post-high school educational expenses for a Wellman area student graduating from either Hillcrest Academy or Mid-Prairie. To be used to further the student’s education in a health-related field. Based on financial need, grades, and references. Deadline: May 10.

Easley National Scholarship. Based solely upon scholastic ability, intellectual potential, personal integrity, and enthusiasm for learning, or evidence of desire to better humanity. Deadline: May 15.

May Henry Award. A $300 award given to any student graduating from high school or college from the Grant Wood AEA region with an interest in pursuing a career in the area of Family and Consumer Science. See your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: May 15.

KCII Business and Broadcasting Scholarships. Eligible students will study business or broadcasting at a two-year community college or a four-year college. Learn more at kciiradio.com. Deadline: May 15.

Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarship. Applicant must be directly affected by childhood cancer (including individuals who currently have or have had cancer before age 18 or a sibling of that individual), attend or plan to attend an accredited two or four year institution. View more details at childrenscancerconnection.org. Deadline: May 27.

PB&J Scholarship is awarded to students who have experienced challenges in their life that may not have allowed them to reflect well academically, but who have the drive to succeed. Apply at bit.ly/pbjscholarship. Deadline: May 31.

Foster Child Grant. This program will fund up to 10 foster care students. The amount of the award is based on the school that the student attends. Criteria involves being in Iowa foster care under the care and custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services on your 18th birthday or when you graduate from high school. Deadline: June 1.

Washington/Keokuk County Corn and Soybean Association Scholarship. To qualify, the applicant or parent(s) must be a current Washington/Keokuk County member of the Iowa Corn and Soybean Association. Deadline: June 1.

Charlie Burkart Scholarship. Awarded by the Iowa PGA Foundation, this scholarship is for a student based on their interest and activity in golf, the potential for future contributions to the game, leadership skills/community involvement, academic/professional ability, and financial need. Learn more at iowapgajuniorgolf.comDeadline: June 19.

Catherine McAuley Scholarship. Free tuition to Mt. Mercy University for Iowa students who meet the family income limits. See full details at mtmercy.edu. Deadline: June 30.

American Legion Baseball Scholarship. Any team manager or head coach of an American Legion – affiliated team may nominate a player for consideration of this award. Go to legion.org for details. Deadline: July 15.

AFS Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students interested in studying abroad. Apply at afsusa.orgDeadline: December 20.

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship. Students may receive awards of up to $4,644. Priority will be given to students who participated in federal TRIO programs, a Federal GEAR UP Grant program, graduated from alternative high schools, or aged out of the foster care system. Applicants must be an Iowa resident, graduated from an eligible high school or equivalency, attending an eligible Iowa college or university. Apply at iowacollegeaid.org. Deadline: March 1.

Alliant Energy Foundation Scholarship. Up to 25 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded based on participation in a leadership role in community service activities and volunteer work; 2.5 or greater GPA; be a dependent child of a current Alliant Energy customer. For more information, go to alliantenergy.comDeadline: February 15.

American Legion Baseball Scholarship. Any team manager or head coach of an American Legion – affiliated team may nominate a player for consideration of this award. Go to legion.org for details. Deadline: July 15.

American Legion Legacy Scholarship. The American Legion wants to ensure higher education is a possibility for children whose parents have died while serving our country. Those eligible to apply shall be the child/children or legally adopted child/children or a child of a spouse by a prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty, National Guard, and reservists who were federalized and die on active duty on or later September 11, 2001. Learn more at legion.org. Deadline: April 15.

Associated General Contractors of Iowa Foundation is offering scholarships for students entering diesel technician or diesel engine diploma programs or heavy equipment operation, engineering technician, or general construction programs at community colleges across the state. Applications available from the school counselor. Deadline: April 12

Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship. Each year, the Iowa Games awards a scholarship to one male and one female Iowan who have been involved in Iowa Games events in his/her lifetime. Apply at iowagames.orgDeadline: April 6.

Burger King Scholarship. High school students, Burger King employees and their dependent children are eligible for this scholarship. Apply at bkmclamorefoundation.orgDeadline: December 15.

Catherine McAuley Scholarship. Free tuition to Mt. Mercy University for Iowa students who meet the family income limits. See full details at mtmercy.edu. Deadline: June 30.

Charlie Burkart Scholarship. Awarded by the Iowa PGA Foundation, this scholarship is for a student based on their interest and activity in golf, the potential for future contributions to the game, leadership skills/community involvement, academic/professional ability, and financial need. Learn more at iowapgajuniorgolf.comDeadline: June 19.

Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarship. Applicant must be directly affected by childhood cancer (including individuals who currently have or have had cancer before age 18 or a sibling of that individual), attend or plan to attend an accredited two or four year institution. View more details at childrenscancerconnection.org. Deadline: May 27.

Cobell Scholarship Program, administered by Indigenous Education, Inc., provides scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students who are enrolled members of US federally recognized tribes, pursuing vocational, undergraduate, and graduate degrees at nonprofit institutions. Applications are accepted hereDeadline: March 31.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship. Criteria involves leadership, commitment to community, and academic achievement. Visit coca-colascholars.org for additional requirements, guidelines, and application information. Deadline: October 31.

Conclave Music Business and Radio Industry Scholarships. One broadcasting scholarship will be offered to attend Brown College of Minneapolis, MN or to The Specs Howard School of Broadcasting Arts of Southfield, MI. One Music Business scholarship will be awarded to the McNally-Smith College of Music located in St. Paul, MN. Criteria include an ambition to pursue a career in the broadcasting or music industry, a good academic record, and financial need. See your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: April 2.

Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding. Apply at jkcf.orgDeadline: November 13.

Dean Gerot Memorial Conservation Scholarship. This scholarship competition is sponsored by the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District. The scholarships will be presented to Iowa high school seniors to be used for their first year of education on the college level while pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture. Apply at cdiowa.org (under the Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts tab, choose Resources). The application chosen by the district will be a awarded a $1,000 scholarship and will then be forwarded for statewide competition. Three state scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000. Regional winners who do not receive a state award will each receive $600. Deadline: February 14.

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship. This scholarship is about rewarding and showcasing excellence in academic achievement, physical fitness, interview and on-stage performance skills in talent and public speaking. Applicants must participate in a local program. Learn more at distinguishedyw.orgDeadline: December 1.

Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing an education or career in the performing arts. View more information at donnareed.org. Deadline: April 1.

Easley National Scholarship. Based solely upon scholastic ability, intellectual potential, personal integrity, and enthusiasm for learning, or evidence of desire to better humanity. Deadline: May 15.

East-Central Iowa REC Scholarship. Students whose parents or guardians are members of ECI REC are invited to apply. The application and more details are at ecirec.coopDeadline: March 4.

Eastern Iowa REC Scholarship. Eligible students complete an essay, recommendation letter, application and their parents or guardians must be an Eastern Iowa REC member. For more information go to easterniowa.comDeadline: March 13.

Eastern Mennonite University Brenneman-Longacher Math Scholarship. This award is for a new incoming math major and renewable for 4 years. It is awarded above and beyond any other grants and scholarships the student receives. Learn more at emu.edu/math/scholarship. Deadline: February 1.

EF Educational Tours Global Citizen Scholarship. Students with plans to travel create a 2-3 minute video and complete the application at eftours.com/global-citizenDeadline: February 15.

Electric: Mobile Device IT Innovation Scholarship is a $1,000 award for any current or soon-to-be undergrad who has a passion for innovating in the mobile IT (software or hardware) space. Students applying must submit an essay where you explain, present, inspire, or otherwise convince us about your great idea for a solution that could help the world with our ever-expanding usage of mobile devices and our collective needs to manage, secure, use and improve them. Apply at electric.ai. Deadline: November 1. 

Equitable Excellence Scholarship. To qualify, students should be well-rounded, determined to succeed and have demonstrated achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Learn more at axa-achievement.comDeadline: December 20.

Everence Scholarship. Students receive a college scholarship from their local Everence office. Of those winners, several will be selected as our national scholarship award recipients. Apply at everence.comDeadline: March 10.

F. E. Skola Scholarship. To be used to further advance a student’s education toward a nursing or health related career. Based on need, worthiness, and grades. Must be graduates of Hillcrest Academy or Mid-Prairie. See your guidance counselor to pick up an application form. Deadline: May 10.

Federation Bank Scholarship. Federation Bank, with locations in Washington, Brighton, Richland, and Wellman, is offering a scholarship of $500 to a senior student with a strong desire to continue their education at a college or voc-technical school. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career, good citizenship, GPA, class rank, school involvement, and financial need. Check with your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: May 1.

Foster Child Grant. This program will fund up to 10 foster care students. The amount of the award is based on the school that the student attends. Criteria involves being in Iowa foster care under the care and custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services on your 18th birthday or when you graduate from high school. Deadline: June 1.

Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship. The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, of which the Kalona and Wellman Cooperative Telephone Companies are members, makes this scholarship available. Students must be sponsored by of these telephone companies, meet the eligibility requirements, and complete an essay on the pre-determined subject. Learn more at frs.org/programs/youth-programs/scholarships. Deadline: March 6.

Freddy Miranda Access Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to five high school seniors whose high schools and chosen colleges are members of Iowa ACAC. Freddy Miranda was someone who was giving of his time, cared for others, and had a desire to improve the world. It is our hope to honor Freddy’s memory by choosing scholarship recipients that embody similar qualities and characteristics. Apply at iacac.memberclicks.net. Deadline: March 4.

Gates Scholarship. Recipients receive funding for the full cost of attendance to earn a bachelor’s degree that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university. Costs covered include tuition, fees, books, room and board, and may include additional personal costs. Students must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US, accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. Additional requirements include: must be a high school senior from at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American, and Pell grant-eligible, a US citizen, national, or permanent resident, have a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3. Visit thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship for more information. Deadline: September 15.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship. The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program annually awards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. For more information visitreaganfoundation.org. Deadline: January 3.

Great Clips Scholarship. Scholarships are available for individuals interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering. Application and details at jobs.greatclips.com/scholarship-application. Deadline: May 1.

Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association Women’s Council Scholarship. This scholarship goes to a student planning to enter the skilled trades arena, Architecture-Construction-Engineering or other fields associated with home building. Applications available from your school counselor. Deadline: April 17.

Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship. Available to those who actively participate in the Iowa State Fair (past or present) and are planning to enroll at an Iowa college or university. Apply at iowacollegeaid.govDeadline: March 1.

Heartland Co-op Scholarship. This award is for either a high school senior continuing their full-time education toward a career in agriculture, or an existing full-time college student already enrolled in an agriculture program. The college of choice must be an Iowa College that offers a program in agriculture. Go to heartlandcoop.com for details. Deadline: March 1.

Henry County Cattlemen Scholarship. Three $750 scholarships will be given to Henry County residents entering the second semester of the first year of college, and who plan to study at least two years following high school. The applicant must be from a family actively engaged in an agricultural sector. Applications may be obtained from the school counselor or the Henry County Extension Office at 127 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Deadline: April 11.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Scholarships available to Hispanic students planning to attend a 4-year college or university. Visit HSF.net for more details. Deadline: February 15.

Hixson Opportunity Award. This scholarship is awarded to students attending Iowa State University. Criteria include demonstrated financial need, overcoming challenges of personal and/or financial hardship, and residency in Iowa. View full eligibility requirements at hixson.dso.iastate.eduDeadline: December 15.

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Criteria includes critical financial need ($55,000 or less adjusted gross income per family preferred), 2.0 GPA, and involvement in co-curricular and community activities. See scholars.horatioalger.orgDeadline: October 25.

Horatio Alger Iowa Scholarship. $10,000 scholarships to Iowans showing financial need, as well as integrity and perseverance in the face of adversity. Online applications may be submitted at horatioalger.orgDeadline: October 25.

Iowa Association of Building Officials Scholarship. This scholarship is for students planning to attend specific colleges and universities in architectural or building majors. See iabo.net/scholarships for complete list of eligible schools and majors. Deadline: May 1.

Iowa Association of Naturalists Joe Halbur Scholarship. This award is for students who plan to further their education in programs of environmental education, cultural interpretation, historical interpretation, or outdoor recreation. For more information, go to ianpage.20m.comDeadline: March 1.

Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education Scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be committed to pursuing automotive-related studies at a two- or four-year post-secondary institution. Learn more at iada.comDeadline: March 2.

Iowa City Area Association of Realtors Community Service Scholarship. Awards will be given to graduating seniors at high schools in the ICAAR service area. Although academic standing and extracurricular activities are important, they will not be the emphasis for this award. The primary focus will be on community involvement and service to others. For more info, go to icaar.orgDeadline: March 27.

Iowa Communications Alliance Scholarship. One high school student who lives in member service territories will receive a scholarship for up to four years. This award is to assist students from rural areas across Iowa with financial assistance to pursue higher education and to stay in rural Iowa after graduation. Apply at ioca.memberclicks.net/scholarships. Deadline: March 11.

Iowa Farm Bureau Scholarship. Applicants must be working toward a degree in one of following occupational areas of agriculture and/or agribusiness: Production, Horticulture, Sales and Service, Products and Processing, Forestry, Conservation, Mechanization, Research, Economics, Education, Nursing, and Ag Health. Candidate may be a two-year or four-year degree. More information at iowafarmbureau.com. Deadline: February 28.

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship. Seniors may enter for a chance to earn one of 30 $2,000 scholarships and will increase their understanding of college financing. Each recipient’s school will also receive a corresponding $500 award. Interested seniors should read more at IowaStudentLoan.org. Deadline: February 21.

Iowa Girls Coaches Association Scholarships. These awards are based on involvement in athletics, the student’s GPA, ACT or SAT scores, community involvement, and an essay. Go to iagca.org for more information. Deadline: May 1.

Iowa Golf Association Ann Griffel Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to help Iowa senior girls who intend to further their education at an Iowa institution of higher learning, whether a college, university or trade school. Apply online at iowagolf.org. Deadline: April 1.

Iowa Golf Association Herman Sani Scholarship. Any graduating high school senior and resident of the State of Iowa with experience or background in golf is eligible to apply. Learn more at iowagolf.org. Deadline: April 1.

Iowa Grocery Industry Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is for a child of a full-time employee, or a student that is a full-time or part-time employee of firms that are members of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. An applicant that is a full-time or part-time employee must have worked at least 300 hours between July 1 and December 31. For more information, go to iowagrocers.comDeadline: March 1.

Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarship. Scholarships are for college students preparing for a career in the newspaper industry and attending an in-state college or university. Learn more at inanews.comDeadline: February 15.

Iowa Pork Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is for students enrolled in an Iowa college or university, majoring in an ag related field, maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA. More information at iowapork.org. Deadline: May 1.

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts. Open to Iowa high school seniors planning to attend an Iowa college or university majoring in music, visual arts, photography, drama/theater, creative writing, or dance/performing arts. Apply at iowaculture.gov. Deadline: December 10.

Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to children of county officials and county employees in the state of Iowa. Learn more at iowacounties.org. Deadline: December 6.

James B. Morris Scholarship. This award provides financial assistance, motivation, and internship opportunities for Iowa’s minority students pursuing post-secondary education. Applicants must be of minority ethnic status as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be a US Citizen, Iowa high school graduate and resident of Iowa, plan to attend a US college or university or be a non-Iowa resident attending an Iowa college or university. Apply at morrisscholarship.org. Deadline: February 28.

John Culver Scholarship. Awarded to one who plans to attend any public or private, two or four year institution in the state of Iowa. Preference will be shown to applicants who have demonstrated an interest in politics and government, and who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. Deadline: April 19.

Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District Scholarship. Only those pursuing education in any field of agriculture or natural resources will be considered. Go to cdiowa.org for details. Deadline: February 15.

JW’s Scholarships. This scholarships will be administered by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. Requirements are similar to the Iowa Grocery Industry Foundation Scholarship. Deadline: March 1.

Kalona Lioness Club Scholarship. A scholarship to a Kalona-area student who plans to further his/her education in the health care field at an accredited college. The award is based on character, citizenship, scholarship, and financial need without regards to gender or race. Deadline: May 1.

KCII Business and Broadcasting Scholarships. Eligible students will study business or broadcasting at a two-year community college or a four-year college. Learn more at kciiradio.com. Deadline: May 15.

Leo H. Grether Memorial Scholarship. Candidates for this award must submit a recording of two selections of a contrasting nature; listing of school music participation and accomplishments; letter listing music involvement in church and/or community co-signed by the pastor or civic leader; and a one-page essay entitled, “Why I have chosen choral music education as a career.” Review more details here. Deadline: April 15.

Marek Trust Scholarship. One $2,000 scholarship with preference given to those going into healthcare professions. Deadline: May 6.

Marine Corps Scholarship FoundationProvides scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen attending post–high school, undergraduate, and career technical education programs. Apply online at mcsf.org. Deadline: March 3.

Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship will provide full tuition to qualifying Iowa FFA Chapter Presidents who attend DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College). This scholarship requires that you apply to DMACC, provide an electronic copy of your current transcript, and a letter of recommendation from the FFA Advisor. Apply at dmacc.eduDeadline: March 6.

Mattress Advisor Sleep Science Scholarship. Applicants demonstrate an interest in studying or pursuing a degree in sleep science, feel passionately about dreams, or are dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle, which starts by improving sleep quality. Applicants need to submit a written piece exploring their personal relationship with sleep health and the impact it’s had on their education. Apply here. Deadline: March 20.

Mattress Nerd provides a scholarship to a student planning to attend college full-time in the US. Applicants must submit an essay, go to mattressnerd.com for details. Deadline: April 1.

May Henry Award. A $300 award given to any student graduating from high school or college from the Grant Wood AEA region with an interest in pursuing a career in the area of Family and Consumer Science. See your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: May 15.

Mediacom World Class Scholarship. Mediacom Communications will award scholarships to seniors attending post-secondary institutions. While it is not required that a student be a Mediacom customer, applicants must live in the areas serviced by Mediacom. Apply at mediacomworldclass.comDeadline: February 15.

Myron J. Walker Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student attending the University of Iowa, is a resident of Iowa, and planning to pursue a career in the ministry. The recipient is chosen based on academic excellence, overall fitness for the profession, and financial need. Apply at clas.uiowa.edu. Deadline: March 16.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarship. The academy awards several memorial scholarships for students pursuing a career in the television industry. Learn more at theemmys.tv/scholarshipsDeadline: March 15.

National FFA Scholarship. This award is for those who have been a part of a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program as well as shown leadership in the FFA. Visit ffa.org for more details. Deadline: February 15.

National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship. This scholarship is for students active in NHS and is based on the four pillars of NHS–scholarship, service, leadership, and character–and financial need is also a consideration. Learn more at nhs.usDeadline: December 6.

National Wild Turkey Federation’s Academic Scholarship. Qualifying seniors must have a 3.0 GPA, are pursuing a degree at an accredited institution, support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports. are a member of NWTF, involved in school activities, demonstrate ability as a leader among peers, demonstrate community involvement, and must submit an essay and autobiography exhibiting dedication to conservation. Apply at nwtf.orgDeadline: January 1.

Optimist International Essay & Oratorical Contest Scholarship. Our local club offers a $500 scholarship for first place winners of the oratorical and essay contests. Winners move forward to the district level contests. Learn more about the local and international contests at optimist.org. Deadline: February 8.

Paragon IT Leadership Scholarship. Eligible students plan to pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa university or college. Learn more here. Deadline: March 31.

PB&J Scholarship is awarded to students who have experienced challenges in their life that may not have allowed them to reflect well academically, but who have the drive to succeed. Apply at bit.ly/pbjscholarship. Deadline: May 31.

Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship. This award is for a student attending the University of Iowa, must be of the Protestant faith and a resident of the State of Iowa. Deadline: May 1.

Professional Educators of Iowa Scholarships. There are several scholarships available from PEI. Go to peiowa.org/foundation/scholarships for more information. Deadline: April 1.

Profiles in Courage Essay Contest. Participate in the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest, by writing an essay about U.S. elected officials who have spoken truth to power by standing alone in the face of overwhelming political opposition. Visit jfklibrary.org for details. Deadline: January 17.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award. This award provides a unique opportunity to recognize young people for volunteer service in their communities. One high school student in each of the 50 states will be named State Honorees in February and receive $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent or guardian in May. In Washington, five high school students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year. Each National Honoree receives an additional $5,000. If you feel you’ve made a positive difference through a volunteer activity during the past year, visit spirit.prudential.com to apply. Deadline: November 5.

Robert D. Blue Scholarship. A one-year scholarship available for undergraduate or graduate study. Applicant is to attend one of Iowa’s institutions and plan to participate in a public service field upon graduation. More information is available at rdblue.orgDeadline: May 10.

Robert Smiley Scholarship Award. This scholarship is offered by the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union and the Smiley Family in honor of the longtime IGHSAU Associate Executive Secretary. In recognition of Mr. Smiley’s work toward ensuring the Iowa Girl is a leader of her peers, the IGHSAU created a scholarship to honor his legacy. This scholarship is for senior girls enrolled full-time in an Iowa high school. The recipient must have a 2.5 GPA and have lettered in one varsity sport sponsored by the IGHSAU each year of high school. There was a special place in Bob’s heart for the underdog. Therefore, extra attention will be given to the application showing a specific need. Each high school is limited to one nomination. Detailed instructions and the application can be found at ighsau.orgDeadline: April 3.

Robert T. Hilton Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is for a graduating female athlete planning to participate in college athletics, preferably in Eastern Iowa. Deadline: March 1.

Ron Brown Scholarship. Named for the late secretary of commerce and inspired by his dedication to public service, the Ron Brown Scholar Program offers scholarships to African American high school seniors based on academic excellence, leadership potential, community service, and demonstrated financial need. Apply and learn more at ronbrown.org. Deadline: November 1.

SAE Engineering Scholarship. This award is for students intending to earn a degree in engineering or a related science. See sae.orgDeadline: March 15.

SeedX Digital Marketing Scholarship. One college student will be awarded a scholarship for any worthwhile need directly related to education, such as tuition, books, supplies, or board at the students’ university or college. To apply visit seedx.us. Deadline: February 28.

Sinclair Tractor has created an opportunity for students looking for a career in Ag diesel mechanics to get a $15,000 tuition reimbursement plus $5,000 in tools. And, Sinclair Tractor will donate $1,000 to the student’s FFA Chapter if they enroll & start the John Deere TECH program at Northeast Iowa Community College (Calmar). Please contact Amy Bos at amyb@sinclairtractor.com for additional information. Deadline: March 1.

The Zebra’s scholarship is designed to help alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Iowa area. Applicants must be currently enrolled at or planning to attend a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States. They want to see your favorite road trip destination(s) in your state— from your unique perspective. There are no limits to what they’re looking for: a narrated animation, a slideshow of memorabilia, an illustrated map of the best roadside attractions on the way. This is a chance for you to showcase any place you love in as an original way as possible. To learn more, visit thezebra.comDeadline: December 31.

Toyota Financial Services Making Life Easier Scholarship Program. Criteria for this program includes good standing in the community and at school, GPA of 2.0 or higher, and will enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Awards range from $1,250-$5,000. Apply at learnmore.scholarsapply.org/toyotafinancialDeadline: November 13.

Tylenol Scholarship. For students pursuing health-related careers. Apply online at tylenol.comDeadline: April 30.

U.S. All-Star Federation Cheerleading/Dance Scholarship. This scholarship is open to any college-bound senior that participates with any USASF member program. Obtain more information at usasf.netDeadline: February 1.

U.S. Bank Scholarship. Five scholarships are awarded in a random drawing ($20,000, $10,000, $5,000). No essays, no minimum GPA required. Apply online at financialiq.usbank.comDeadline: October 25.

United States Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation Scholarship. Consideration for this scholarship is based on the financial contribution of the applicant toward his or her own education. For more information go to usjcisenate.orgDeadline: January 6.

U.S. Senate Youth Program. Sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst foundation, the first phase involves bringing two students from each state to Washington, D.C. from March 1-8. Delegates will be immersed in Washington activities throughout their weeks’ stay. The second phase consists of the selected students receiving a college scholarship of $10,000. Apply at educateiowa.govDeadline: October 1.

Veishea Community Involvement Scholarship. Two high school seniors planning to attend Iowa State University will be recognized for their achievements with a scholarship of at least $250. Criteria include a minimum 3.0 GPA, letters of recommendation, a list of volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities, and awards received, along with the application form. See your guidance counselor for more information. Deadline: March 1.

Washington Bancorp Scholarship. This scholarship shall be awarded to a graduating senior with a strong desire to continue their education at a college or trade school. Persons interested in beauty school, auto body, etc. are encouraged to apply. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career, good citizenship, GPA, class rank and school involvement. Deadline: April 1.

Washington County Corn Growers Scholarship. To be eligible, the student must be a resident of Washington County, with plans to enter an accredited program with a minimum completion time of two years. The application does require that student to explain how his or her choice of career will relate to the corn industry. For example, a student majoring in food sciences, environmental science or engineering, will need to relate their course of student and career choices back to the agriculture industry. The scholarship is not restricted to students majoring in an agriculture field. Deadline: April 10.

Washington County Pork Producers Scholarship. Student must explain how his or her choice of career relates to the pork industry, be it animal agriculture, food science, textiles, environmental science, or engineering, for example. Student’s family must be a current member of the Washington County Pork Producers to apply for one of the $500 or $1000 scholarships available. Deadline: February 22.

Washington/Keokuk County Corn and Soybean Association Scholarship. To qualify, the applicant or parent(s) must be a current Washington/Keokuk County member of the Iowa Corn and Soybean Association. Deadline: June 1.

Wellman Lions Club Scholarship. A high school graduating senior with a Wellman mailing address planning further education next year as a full-time student is eligible to apply. Deadline: April 29.

Wellman Volunteer Ambulance Scholarship. Set up to assist with post-high school educational expenses for a Wellman area student graduating from either Hillcrest Academy or Mid-Prairie. To be used to further the student’s education in a health-related field. Based on financial need, grades, and references. Deadline: May 10.

West Chester Lions Club Scholarship. Each year this scholarship is awarded to a West Chester area senior student who plans on furthering their education at any type of post-secondary learning institution. Deadline: May 2.

Winter Dance Party Scholarship. Candidates must be enrolled in a college as a music major; submit a one-page essay entitled: “Why I have chosen to major in music”; and include documentation of cumulative GPA. Mail to Iowa High School Music Association, PO Box 10, Boone, IA 50036. Deadline: April 15.

YoungArts ScholarshipAs the sole national organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing artistic excellence in the visual, literary and performing arts (including cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing), YoungArts ensures the nations’ most outstanding high school students are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. 15-18 year-olds OR students in grades 10-12 are eligible to apply. Cash awards of up to $10,000 per student (over $500,000 in total awarded each year). Visit youngarts.org for details on the application requirements. Deadline: October 16.

Hills Bank/Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship. Recipients apply during their junior year of high school and then attend nine hours of leadership training during their senior year. They will then receive a grant to be used at any of Iowa’s accredited universities, colleges or community colleges. To be eligible, students must live in or attend school in one of the following Iowa counties: Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, or Washington. The applicant must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher and demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurship, or other qualities related to community service. Applicants do not need to be a 4-H member. Information and applications are at hillsbank.com/leadershipgrant. Deadline: March 1.

Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award. This award is for Iowa high school juniors. Students propose and complete a project of their choosing and design. Visit hooverpresidentialfoundation.org to apply. Deadline: March 15.

Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is for juniors and seniors. Each year, the Iowa Games awards a scholarship to one male and one female Iowan who have been involved in Iowa Games events in his/her lifetime. Apply at iowagames.orgDeadline: April 6.

Samsung American Legion Scholarship. Scholarships are restricted to high school juniors who complete either The American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program and are a direct descendant – i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. – or a legally adopted child of a wartime veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership. Samsung scholarships are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community activities, community service and financial need. Learn more at legion.org/scholarships. Deadline: first day of participant’s American Legion Program.