*Please NOTE: University, College and Technical Scholarship Awards are available once you have applied and have been accepted for admission.  

*The FAFSA application period opens October 1.  Apply soon for the best financial aid award package!   Apply: FAFSA


Be sure to check application deadlines for admission to qualify for scholarships!


The priority deadline for ISU Freshmen scholarships is December 1, 2019.  

For more scholarship information at ISU: ISUFinancial Aid 

  • Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) Scholarship is geared to multicultural high school seniors. The MVP scholarship is a four-year, full tuition award for 100 multicultural Iowa high school student.  Learn more about the MVP scholarship. MVP Scholarship.  The Deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.
  • Christina Hixson Opportunity Award is a scholarship for Iowa seniors who have faced challenges of personal and/or financial hardship. Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.  To qualify, you will need to file the FAFSA, and complete the ISU admission process by December 15th.  Christina Hixson Opportunity Scholarship   
  • Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) The MVP Program Award deadline is December 1.  
  • College of Engineering Scholarships / The application period for engineering scholarships is from September 1 - December 2, 2019, for qualified students ISU Engineering
  • Beta Sigma Psi - Darryl Jahn Scholarship - This scholarship is available to any man attending ISU in the fall of 2020. Three (3) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.  The easy 15 minute online application can be found at: Darryl Jahn Scholarship. Priority deadline is January 11, 2020
  • Acacia Leadership Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship is designed to identify and reward outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated their ability to excel in the fields of academics, extra-curricular school activities and community involvement.  The scholarship is open to any male, graduating senior who will be attending Iowa State University. Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2020.   Application: ACACIA Scholarship

University of iowa

Merit-based scholarship eligibility will only consider test scores administered though February 2020 of your senior year and 7th semester (or 2nd trimester) gpa. March 1, 2020 is the deadline for students to apply for admission in order to be considered for these scholarships. 

For more financial aid/scholarship information: UofIowa Financial Aid/Scholarships

  • The Department of Physics and Astronomy awards one $1,000 grant each year to an incoming freshman from the state of Iowa who has declared physics or astronomy as their major. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, not financial need. Please visit Strayer-Rairden Scholarship in Physics
  • Bill Mertens Memorial Daily Iowan Scholarship (Journalism)  Incoming freshmen students, interested in a journalism major, are invited to apply for this scholarship. You must have a 2.7 gpa, references, and examples of journalistic work. 
  • ACACIA - Thomas H. Macbride Leadership Scholarship - awarded by the Alumni of ACACIA Fraternity to outstanding male high school seniors who have demonstrated an ability to excel in academics, extra-curricular activities and human service.  Awarded scholarships range from $300 - $3,000.  Deadline: March 31 /  To apply:  Application

university of northern iowa

For more information on UNI Admissions and Financial Aid/Scholarships:  UNI Financial Aid/Scholarships

Iowa private colleges

Briar Cliff University, Sioux City 

To receive scholarships at Briar Cliff, you must fill out a scholarship application.   The deadline is February 5, 2020.  Briar Cliff Financial Aid/Scholarships

buena vista university (bvu), storm lake

For more information: BVU Financial Aid/Scholarships

Dordt college, Sioux center 

Dordt College offers many scholarship opportunities:  Dordt Scholarship Opportunities

drake university, des moines

Drake has scholarships to reward your talents and achievements.  For more information: Drake Scholarships

Drake University National Alumni Scholarship - You must have a 31 ACT and rank in the top 5% of your class to apply for this scholarship.  Drake.edu Alumni Scholarship

Drake University College of Arts & Sciences - Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Drake Physics Prize Examination.  First place - an unrestricted four year, full tuition scholarship to Drake University, a personal trophy and the Drake Physics Trophy. The examination is open to any student enrolled in a high school in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Please talk to Mrs. Zeutenhorst (she will proctor the test) if you are interested in taking the examination. The online registration deadline is 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2020.  

Drake Physics Prize Student Registration 

morningside college (sioux city)

"100% of full-time undergraduate Morningside students receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants and need-based aid. Every.Single.Student."  Morningside Scholarships

Morningside College - Nylen School of Nursing Scholarship. Apply by March 13, 2020.  Application

Mount Mercy university (cedar Rapids)

Mt. Mercy offers many scholarships to incoming freshmen, including a full tuition scholarship to those who have a 26 ACT and a 3.7 gpa(you must be admitted by January 15). mtmercy scholarships

Northwestern college (orange city)

You can get an estimate of what your scholarship package might be, by filling out Northwestern's scholarship calculator.   Scholarship Calculator

Simpson college (indianola)

Upon acceptance to Simpson you are automatically considered for all merit scholarships. Simpson's merit scholarships are awarded based on your academic and personal success. Check out the chart with minimum scholarship ranges for incoming first-year students.

The Simpson Promise Scholarship - to cover the cost of full tuition for eligible Iowa students who have a 2017 household adjusted gross income at or below $60,000. Students are responsible for the cost of room, board and fees.  For more info:  The Simpson Promise

For more information on all Scholarships @ Simpson

St. luke's college (Sioux city)

To qualify for a St. Luke's College Scholarship you must be accepted, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the scholarship application by the designated deadline. 

St. Luke's Scholarships

Waldorf University (Forest City)

Waldorf University offers a 2-year Associates of Arts Degree, a 4-year Bachelor of Arts Degree (17 majors) and an online Associates/Bachelors degree.  For scholarships: check out their Residential Scholarship List! 

Waldorf University Scholarships

Wartburg College (Waverly)

Wartburg evaluates merit based scholarships on a combination of a student's high school gpa, class rank and ACT/SAT score.  Typically, students who have a high school minimum cumulative gpa of 3.4 and rank in the top 25% of their high school class, with an ACT composite score of 23 or higher, will receive a regents or presidential scholarship.  For more information on Knights Scholarship Days:  Wartburg Scholarships

William Penn University (Oskaloosa)

William Penn offers a broad range of STEM programs, including programs in Computer Science, Engineering and Nursing.  

For a full list of scholarships and financial aid: William Penn Scholarships

Iowa Community & Technical Colleges

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) 

(Campuses in Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban/Des Moines and West Des Moines)

DMACC offers many types of scholarships, including the NEW Last Dollar Scholarship. The Last Dollar Scholarship covers tuition and fee gaps not covered by federal and state grants/scholarships for eligible Iowa residents enrolled in targeted, high-demand career and technical programs.

For more information on financial aid and scholarship programs at DMACC, please visit: DMACC Scholarships & Financial Aid

Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls)

Ellsworth Community College offers scholarships to deserving students to help finance their education.  Please visit their website for more information: Ellsworth CC Scholarships

Hawkeye Community College (Waterloo)

Apply for Hawkeye Community College Scholarships by the scholarship deadline of March 1.

Hawkeye Financial Aid 

Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge)

Check out the Financial Aid page, with tips for calculating the cost of college at Iowa Central. There is a scholarship link as well.  Iowa Central

Iowa lakes community college (Estherville & emmetsburg)

Over 75% of students attending Iowa Lakes benefit from Financial Aid. The priority deadline award for scholarships is February 1, 2020.  There is only one online application for scholarships, and the scholarship manager matches you with specific scholarships.   Financial Aid/Scholarships at Iowa Lakes 

Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs)

Iowa Western Community College strives to make a positive difference in people’s lives through accessible and excellent educational programs and services. Iowa Western and the Iowa Western Foundation support this by working to assist students with access to scholarship sources.One scholarship application will match you with available scholarships.  The deadline to apply for the Presidential Scholarship is March 1, and the Foundation Scholarship by April 22.  

Iowa Western CC Scholarships

Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids)

Kirkwood has over $3 million available in scholarships each year - making the most affordable option even more affordable.  And there's only one easy application to complete for you to be considered for scholarships.  The scholarship application period is open from October 1 - March 15 for the fall of 2020.  Check out: Kirkwood Scholarships 

Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) (Sheldon)

You may apply for any scholarships for which you are eligible either online or by filling out the application form on the back page of the scholarship opportunities guide.Some scholarships require an essay and/or reference letters along with the application. These may be submitted electronically, by mail, or delivered in person to the Foundation Office. NCC offers the College Now - Last Dollar Scholarship Program for areas that that are in high demand and career and technical programs. 

If you are applying for the President’s or Foundation Scholarship, please have your Guidance Counselor fill out the Scholarship Recommendation Form. This must be filled out and submitted with your application and essay.  NCC Scholarship booklets are also available in the Guidance Office at SHS or the link: NCC Scholarship Opportunities  

Western Iowa Tech Community College (WIT) (Sioux City)

Scholarships are available due to the generous gifts of individuals, foundations, organizations and businesses. Please inquire with Financial Aid regarding the detail and criteria for scholarships. The College Now Program - Last Dollar Scholarship is available through WIT (It fills financial aid gaps for   high demand and career and technical programs).  Watch for deadlines as WIT's Foundation Scholarship has an application deadline of March 15.    

WIT Scholarships

South Dakota College/University Scholarships


Check out the link to: Augustana Financial Aid/ScholarshipsAcademic awards are listed by GPA/ACT scores in a easy to read list.  

South Dakota State University (SDSU) (Brookings, SD)

You can apply for freshman scholarships once you have been accepted for admission. The Academic Scholarship Application deadline is December 15.   To check out scholarship options:  sdsu scholarships

University of South Dakota (USD) (Vermillion, SD)

Once you have applied and are accepted for admission, use the online scholarship application to apply for the USD Honors Program and several of the USD first-time freshman scholarships. The priority scholarship application deadline is November 15 and December 1 for the final deadline.  USD.edu/scholarships

Dakota State 

All new students applying to Dakota State University will be eligible for many scholarship opportunities. Any new high school student meeting certain academic criteria will automatically qualify for a scholarship. Learn more about the qualifications for the Champion or DSU Rising Scholarship.


South dakota Community college / technical schools

southeast tech / sioux falls, sd

Enroll early to be accepted into programs such as Vet Tech and Dental Assisting  (beginning in the fall of 2020), Surgical Technology, LPN, Early Childhood, Construction Management and Diesel.

Upcoming visit days: February 7, March 20.

Website: Southeast Tech

Other States

Creighton University (Omaha, NE)

Submit your Application for Admission as soon as possible to receive priority consideration for undergraduate merit based scholarships.  Additional scholarships require credentials to be submitted by December 1.  Creighton University

University of Nebraska - Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)

Scholarship deadlines vary.  Be sure to apply early for the best scholarship opportunities.  

For Leadership and Diversity enhancement scholarships: February 1 deadline to submit your 500-word scholarship statement. 

For merit-based scholarships, your application is due by May 1.  

UNL Scholarships

University of Nebraska - Omaha (Omaha, NE)

The University of Nebraska at Omaha works hard to keep your tuition competitively priced. Check out  UNO Scholarship Info for more information. 

Wayne State - (Wayne, NE)

Wayne State College offers more than 200 types of scholarships. Complete the scholarship application process after you apply for admission and are accepted to WSC. Wayne State Scholarships

Southwest Minnesota State University - Marshall (Marshall, MN)

Scholarships for freshmen students will be awarded the 1st week of each month starting in October 2019. Students must be admitted to SMSU before the last date of the previous month and qualify to receive a scholarship offer.  SMSU Scholarships  

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) 

To qualify for scholarships at the University of Minnesota, submit your application for admission.  

Admitted freshmen are considered for University-wide scholarships based on an overall assessment of their admission application. View U of MN Scholarships

Dakota State (Madison, SD)

All new students applying to Dakota State University will be eligible for many scholarship opportunities. Any new high school student meeting certain academic criteria will automatically qualify for a scholarship. Learn more about the qualifications for the Champion or DSU Rising Scholarship.

Dakota State Scholarship Opportunities

University of North Dakota (UND) (Grand Forks, ND) 

Scholarships are monetary gifts, which means you don't need to repay them or earn the funds by working. Waivers are similar to scholarships in that they're used to offset college expenses and don't need to be paid back. You'll find plenty of scholarships and waivers based on your financial need, academic success and other factors.  UND Scholarships