Seniors! If you need a transcript for a scholarship, please fill out the online transcript request form-under Schools - High School-Guidance Office - Transcript.  Your transcript can be mailed if needed, or emailed to your sheldonschools.com email.  - Shairi St. Clair

Future ready iowa - Last-dollar scholarship   Last Dollar Scholarship link

Future Ready Iowa is a plan to train Iowans for 21st-century jobs. The goal is for 70% of the state's workforce to have some education or training beyond high school by 2025.  Because finances can be a barrier to Iowans who would like to continue education after high school, this scholarship is designed to work with other state and federal programs to completely cover the cost of tuition toward a certificate, diploma, or associate degree in a high-need field. 

Who's Eligible? The Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is for Iowans who: 

  • Are new high school graduates enrolling in an eligible program full-time in the fall after graduation or adult learners (20 and older) starting an eligible program at least part-time.
  • Plan to earn a certificate, diploma, or associate degree aligned with a designated high-demand job.
  • Have applied for all other available aid.   
  • File the FAFSA

The Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is available at Iowa Community Colleges and accredited private colleges in Iowa that offer eligible programs of study and that agree to provide required student services. (The scholarship program is available at NCC and WIT.) Please view the website to find out about eligible programs at all of Iowa's community colleges.  

Future Ready Iowa

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship / Fall 2020

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a highly competitive one-time $2,500 scholarship recognizing graduating high school senior women who demonstrate outstanding leadership, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service and who plan to pursue full or part-time post-secondary education in the United States or Canada beginning in the fall following their high school graduation.

Eligibility requirements: A woman is eligible to be recommended for the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship provided she:

  • Exhibits excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service, and potential for future success.
  • Is in the final academic year (senior year) of her secondary education
  • Has a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada
  • Plans to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States or Canada, full-time or part-time, in the fall of the academic year following high school graduation.
  • Is recommended by and receives the vote of a local P.E.O. Chapter.

For More Information: P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Info 

P.E.O. Chapter DU, Sheldon - Scholarship

Note: Deadline to be updated in the spring of 2021. 

The award will be between $1,000 - $1,500.   

Cloy & Connie Olhausen scholarship / February 15

Area scholarship for nursing students who attend HMS, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sheldon and South O'Brien. Please view this scholarship under "Other scholarships" SHS "Other Scholarships" 

Siouxland community foundation / John C. Heuck Scholarship / deadline: February 15

Applicants for this $1,000 scholarship must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at a 2-or 4-year accredited college/university. 

  • You should have a minimum gpa of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • You must plan to pursue a career in ag business or related field.  
  • Be a senior from one of the following counties: Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickenson, Emmet, O'Brien, Osceola or Palo Alto.
  • Selection of recipients is based on such factors as scholastic performance while in high school, participation in school/ag activities, work history, and essay evaluation.

Apply online at: John C. Heuck Scholarship

Northwest Iowa Community College / Most Scholarships are due by March 1 

Don't miss out on an opportunity to apply for NCC Scholarships. Most scholarship applications are due by March 1, but some have earlier application dates. Please check the scholarship booklet carefully.  Apply online: NCC Scholarships OR pick up a scholarship booklet in the Guidance Office.

New! Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C. Diversity Scholarship - application due by March 1.  Preference will be given to students who have been impacted by DACA.   Apply through the NCC Scholarship Application Guide.  NCC Scholarship App

Linda K. De Groot - Village Northwest Unlimited 'Spirit of Caring Scholarship' / Award $1,000 / Deadline to apply:  March 1, 2021

Village Northwest Unlimited, in honor and memory of Linda K. DeGroot, will award a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who will be entering into a career field that focuses on working with individuals who have disabilities.  Linda was the Director of Public Relations and Business Development at Village Northwest and was a valuable employee of the Village for over 20 years.  Linda lost her battle with cancer on October 15, 2006.  This scholarship provides an opportunity to honor and sustain the legacy of caring that Linda exemplified every day. 

The award will be given on an annual basis at the Sheldon High School Awards Day Program to a graduating senior at the Sheldon Community High School. 

Application Requirements: 

  • Enter a career field that focuses on working with people with disabilities.

  • Submit an official high school transcript.

  • Include 2 letters of recommendation (cannot be from a parent or relative).

  • Submit a completed application form (must be typed).


Return the completed packet by March 1 to:

Village Northwest Unlimited, Sheldon IA  (the address is provided in the application)

Farmers coop society -Sioux center, ia  deadline: march 15, 2021

The FCS Scholarship is open to students in our area who will be pursuing an ag-related degree or to a student with an agriculture or rural background.  This scholarship information is listed under the 'other scholarships' 'Other Scholarships' tab on our SHS website.  

woods, fuller, schultz & smith - scholarship /deadline:  March 6

Woods, Fuller, Schultz, & Smith P.C., will annually award five (5), $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors attending an accredited college, university or technical school in the fall. Eligibility criteria includes: 

  • High school senior, attending an accredited college, university or technical school
  • Have not previously received a Woods Fuller scholarship
  • Reside within the counties of Lincoln or Minnehaha in South Dakota or Sioux or O'Brien in Iowa. 

Requirements include:

  • An Essay of 300 words or less (why you are deserving of a Woods Fuller scholarship). 
  • A resume of activities, work experience and leadership activities.
  • Two (2) personal recommendations which include specific examples regarding character, dependability, involvement and other distinguishing characteristics. 
  • Academic - an official transcript, including your gpa, from the last semester you completed.  

Woods Fuller Application

Farmers mutual insurance service award scholarship /Postmark Deadline: _____________

Farmers Mutual Insurance Association of Hull is sponsoring college scholarships for seniors whose parents are policy holders with Farmers Mutual, and currently attend a local Northwest Iowa High School. Twenty (20) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2020-2021 school year. Service to the community and academic excellence will both be considered when determining the award winners. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Your parent(s) MUST be insured by Farmers Mutual Insurance of Hull.
  • Your GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • You plan to attend a post high school educational institution in the fall of 2020.   

You will need to complete the application, and two (2) academic and character reference forms are required; one by a teacher and one by a guidance counselor.  


Reference Forms

Application Details & Requirements

o'brien county pheasants forever / deadline: _______________

O'Brien County Pheasants Forever is giving two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to each graduating senior of the class of 2020 who tends to continue post-high school education. The student applicant should be interested in wildlife conservation, hunting, shooting and outdoor activities. 

Applicants should submit a letter of recommendation from a non-family member and a short essay not to exceed 300 words. The essay should include your interests, outdoor activities and career goals. Mail your essay to: 

O'Brien County Pheasants Forever

Attn: Bruce A. Green

P.O. Box 190

Primghar, IA 51245

The postmark deadline is: _____________________

Pheasants Forever  

O'Brien county career day scholarship / deadline to apply: ______

The O'Brien County Workforce Team and the O'Brien County Career Day Team are partnering with local businesses to sponsor a $500 scholarship to eligible applicants in 2020. 

  • Students applying for this scholarship must have graduated between the years of 2017 to the present.  (Eligible students should have graduated from Sheldon, HMS, South O'Brien or MMCRU) 
  • Be employed or self-employed in O'Brien County and/or a resident in O'Brien County.
  • You will need to complete the scholarship application, and approve of a transcript/graduation date request from your high school to confirm your graduation date.
  • Scholarship finalists will have a face-to-face or online video conference interview with the Scholarship Advisory Board if necessary.   

Applications must be received by March 15The scholarship will be awarded at Career Day on April 24, 2020.  O'Brien County Career Day Scholarship

This deadline has passed. 

2021 elevate iowa scholarship program / application deadline: __________________

Elevate Advanced Manufacturing promotes great careers in advanced manufacturing. 

Careers such as:

  • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machining
  • Industrial Automation
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Machining
  • Manufacturing Technician/Technology
  • Robotics
  • Tool & Die
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Welding Technician & Technology
  • Other ____________________________

In 2020, Elevate is offering fifteen (15) $500 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors interested in studying a manufacturing-related career at one of Iowa's 15 Community Colleges (NCC included) - one award will be given per college region. Scholarship recipients are required to attend the Legends in Manufacturing Dinner at no cost in the fall of 2021.   Interested candidates can apply by completing the following application: Elevate Iowa Scholarship

farmers coop society / deadline: ___________________

The Farmers Coop Society of Sioux Center, IA will be awarding scholarships to eight (8) high school seniors who are pursuing an ag-related degree or to a student with an agriculture or rural background. Qualified applicants:

  • will be a graduating high school senior who will enroll in college or a technical school in the fall of 2021
  • possess a gpa of 3.0 or better
  • and have a designated major or interest in an ag-related field, or an ag or rural background

Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership characteristics, and ag-related involvement. Applications should include your high school transcript and three (3) letters of reference. 

Download the application: 

O'Brien county cattlemen's association Scholarship / 

deadline: March 2021

The O'Brien County Cattlemen's Association is offering scholarships for qualified high school seniors in O'Brien County. The purpose of the scholarship is to help educate the leaders of tomorrow who will be in a position to have a positive influence on the Beef Industry. The scholarships will be given to men and women in fields of agriculture, nutrition, etc.  Applications will be taken from a student whose family is a member of the O'Brien County Cattlemen's Association.

Applications must be received by March 2021. Mail your application to: David Grooters, 5886 -350th Street, Sanborn, IA  51248.

O'Brien County Cattlemen's Assoc. App

Sheldon Broadcasting Company Inc./ KIWA Radio Scholarship  

/ Deadline April 1

Sheldon Broadcasting Company Inc./KIWA Radio will award one (1) scholarship to a Sheldon High School graduating senior who meets the following requirements:

  • The applicant must attend Sheldon High School
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in high school
  • Be a high school senior in good standing
  • Major in radio broadcasting, communications or journalism, music education and/or songwriting or music composition as a full-time college student
  • Submit your completed application, postmarked no later than April 1.  
Recipients will be notified of their scholarship award by phone/email no later than May 1.  

Dan Rose Memorial College Scholarship Program 2021 / Deadline: April 1

C-M-L Telephone Cooperative Association of Meriden, Iowa supports the continuing education of high school seniors whose parents or legal guardian are a member of C-M-L Telephone Cooperative and have their phone service in the Meriden, Cleghorn, Larrabee, or Archer exchange.

Applicants must a graduating senior, live in the household of the parents or legal guardian that are customers of C-M-L Telephone Cooperative members, successfully complete the first semester in an accredited 2- or 4-year college.  

To apply complete the scholarship application, prepare a typed 300 word essay (see the website for the topics) and have a high school teacher or counselor complete the Educator's Recommendation. You must also include your most recent grade transcript and attendance records.  The award for this scholarship is $500.  Dan Rose Memorial Scholarship

John N. and Irene E. Bowers Memorial Scholarship /Career Field: nursing teaching/ Due in the counselor's office: thursday, april 1st 

The purpose of the John N. and Irene E. Bowers Memorial Scholarship is to recognize graduating high school seniors who have a sincere passion for the field of nursing and teaching/education and have the potential to become exceptional nurses and teachers. This scholarship has been established by the late John and Irene Bowers. John N. Bowers was a member of the Sheldon High School Class of 1937. 

To be considered as a candidate for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • Must have achieved at least a 2.5 cumulative gpa in high school
  • Submit a letter of reference from a high school instructor or current employer, which should address the applicant's potential for success in your chosen field of healthcare or teaching profession. 

The application is due in the Counseling Office no later than Thursday, April 1st.   

*Please note: The Counseling Office will submit all applications to the Superintendent's Office.  


Loof Memorial Conservation scholarship / Deadline to apply: _________
The Loof Memorial Scholarship requirements:
  • You must be a resident of Osceola County at the time of High School Graduation (Ashton is in Osceola County)
  • You should be a graduating senior with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
  • You must be pursuing a degree in Conservation, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies or Agriculture at an accredited institution of Higher Education. Preference will be given to those pursing a conservation related degree.
  • You must demonstrate participation in extra-curricular activities.
  • You must demonstrate a passion for conservation and related activities. 
  • One letter of recommendation must be attached to the application.
Submit your letter of recommendation to the high school Guidance Counselor's Office by: ______
Loof Memorial Conservation Scholarship App

Check back at a later date to see if this scholarship will still be available. 

2021 Sheldon FFA Farm Lab scholarship / submit your application by: ____________

The purpose of the Sheldon FFA Farm Lab Scholarship is to encourage FFA Members to pursue their education at a post-secondary institution. The scholarship will be awarded at a minimum of $1,000 to the successful applicant(s). 

Priority will be given to those members of the organization who have served in leadership roles throughout their SHS career and a secondary criteria will be awarded to those students that have been enrolled in the Farm Management Lab Class. 

A $2,000 Scholarship will be awarded to a successful candidate that has demonstrated leadership within the organization and plans to attend post-secondary education at Northwest Iowa Community College. 

A $2,500 Scholarship will be awarded to the successful candidate that has held a leadership role in the SHS FFA and plans to pursue an Ag Related Degree. 

Saupe Memorial Scholarship  -  Deadline: April 15

This scholarship honors four Saupe brothers and their wives who immigrated to this area as young couples and settled on prairie grass farms in the 1880's. These brothers, Bruno, Otto, Frank and Emil with wives, Sarah, Dora, Bertha and Anna actively participated in the agricultural, economic and social development of the community. This scholarship is sponsored by the extended Saupe family. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist deserving young persons in planning for the future and preparing themselves through post-high school education training.

NoteThis is a 4 year scholarship, distributed $1,000 per year for a four-year total of $4,000. Students entering a 1, 2 or 3 year Certificate program are also eligible to apply. 

Criteria: The candidate a) must be a member in good standing of the graduating class of the Sheldon High School, b) must have displayed a favorable attitude toward the teachers and students in the high school environment, as well as good character, c) must have served in some capacity in church, community and school, and d) should have achieved a minimum gpa of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

Procedure: The application must be completed and returned to the Senior High Guidance Office to Mrs. Bosma by April 15. Lineal descendants of the Saupe family are not eligible but should instead apply for the Saupe Family Scholarship.


Moonlight Crewzers Car Club Scholarship - (Career Field: AutomotiveDeadline: April 15 / Amount awarded: $500  

Purpose:  The purpose of the scholarship is to assist a deserving graduating high school student in helping finance his/her post-high automotive based education. 

Criteria:  The criteria for the award are:

  1.  The candidate must be a good standing member of the graduating senior class of Sheldon High School.       
  2.  The candidate must be continuing his/her education in an automotive based field.
  3.  Application information will be supplied to interested candidates by the Senior High Counselor and the completed application will be returned by April 15th.


Charles Schneider Memorial Community Service Scholarship - Deadline: April 15, 2021

The purpose of the Charles Schneider Memorial Community Service Scholarship is to recognize a Sheldon High School graduating senior who has performed significant hours (50 hours minimum in your previous two years) of community service in the past year, and is continuing their education in an accredited institution after graduating from high school. You must also demonstrate outstanding citizenship, submit a 500 word or less essay, and a resume including academics, co-curricular, and any paid or volunteer work experience. 


Sheldon Community Schools Education Foundation - 'Scholarship For The Arts'  / Deadline: April 15    (Criteria: Senior who excels in the Arts)  Award Amount: $1,000

The Sheldon Community Schools Education Foundation Scholarship for the Arts supports the development of an outstanding high school senior who excels in the arts and will be enrolled in an accredited educational program leading to a degree in the arts. To be considered applicants must have:

  • Achieved a 2.5 cumulative gpa in high school
  • Participated in band, marching band, jazz band, choir, jazz or show choir, musical, dance and/or speech contest for ALL FOUR YEARS of high school.
  • Complete the application by April 15
  • Submit an essay in 500 words or less (see the application for essay topic)
  • Attach a high school transcript to the application.
  • A resume including academic, co-curricular and any other participation in the arts.


Irene Voss Scholarship / Deadline: April 30 

This scholarship is available for any graduate of Sheldon High School or a member of the Sheldon United Methodist Church who will be attending a United Methodist College in the State of Iowa (Simpson College, Morningside College, Iowa Wesleyan & Cornell College), majoring in Education.  Applications are available in the Sheldon United Methodist Church Office and are due in the church office by April 30th.  The scholarship award will be sent to the college in August.  For more information contact: Cindy Gries, Sheldon United Methodist Church 712-324-4894 or stop by the church office to pick up an application.  

Duane & Hermina Janssen Memorial Scholarship /Award $500 - Due: April 30, 2021

( Criteria: first generation college student) 

This scholarship honors the life of Hermina Janssen, who along with her husband Duane, made it their most important goal in life to assure that all five of their children attended and graduated from college, the first generation of the family to attend college. 

The criteria are to be interpreted as a flexible set of guidelines which will be carefully considered in the case of each individual candidate. The candidate:

  1. must be a first generation family member to attend a post high school institution
  2. must be a member in good standing of the graduating senior class of the Sheldon Community Senior High School
  3. should have achieved a grade point average placing them in the top one-third of their graduating class
  4. must have served in some capacity in activities in church, community, and school;
  5. must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university.  


Please return the application to Mrs. Bosma/Mrs. St. Clair in the Guidance Office by: April 30.  

Sheldon Education Association (SEA) scholarship  / Due:  April 30  

The criteria are to be interpreted as a flexible set of guidelines which will be carefully considered in the case of each individual candidate:

  1. The candidate must be in good standing of the graduating senior class of the Sheldon Community High School.
  2. The candidate must have displayed a favorable attitude toward his environment, as well as good character.
  3. Applications are due in the Guidance Office by April 30

Please see the attached application for specific 'Letter of Application' details. 


Harding Family Scholarship    Deadline:  May 1

The Harding Family scholarship was established in 2016 by Sharon R. Scharlepp to honor her ancestors, O.B. Harding and his wife Emeline Moyer Harding, pioneer homesteaders in Osceola County, Iowa, and in honor of their son, W.L. Harding, the 22nd Iowa Governor. 

The annual scholarship amounts and recipients will vary according to the annual allocation from the trust. Preference given, but not limited to, applicants majoring in areas of agriculture or agriculture related fields of study. You may attend any college choice - vocational, community or 4-year institution. Scholarships are payable to the institution the recipient attends, after successful completion of 2019 fall semester and proof of enrollment for 2020 spring semester.  One to two applicants are planned to be awarded, with the expected award from $1,500 - $3,000. 


  • Preference given to students majoring in an agricultural related field of study. 
  • A high school transcript must accompany your application. A 2.500 or higher gpa is required.  
  • Submit a typed or printed essay in a maximum of 500 words, on what you hope to learn in your field of study to help impact the future of agriculture or your chosen field. 


Scanlan Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is no longer offered.