Due to the generosity of our donors, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa awards approximately 200 scholarships to students, totaling over $200,000 in annual educational financial support. Most of the scholarship funds have been established as endowments, which will benefit students long after the donor's lifetime.
Scholarship awards vary in size from $250 to $10,000.
Types of Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded based on various criteria, including, but not limited to:
Community Foundation scholarships are offered annually for high school and college students, as well as adults returning to college. Most scholarships are for one year, but a number are 4-year or renewable scholarships. Each scholarship may have its own eligibility requirements, criteria and application questions.
Applying for a 2014 Scholarship
The 2014 scholarship application deadline has passed. Please look for our 2015 scholarship opportunities starting in December 2014. Thank you.
To apply for a scholarship, applicants need to complete the “common application,” which automatically matches them to scholarships for which they are eligible. The common application requires the following:
1. A transcript of your academic record.
2. An essay that addresses the following:
3. A letter of recommendation emphasizing leadership qualities. A letter from a teacher, principal, counselor, church leader, community leader, or employer will be considered.
4. Some scholarships require additional information, which will be submitted along with your common application.
To begin searching available scholarships and apply online, visit our online scholarship site.
Most scholarship decisions are first announced in May with additional announcements being made by mail in June. Scholarships are paid directly to the post-secondary institution in the fall.
Important Eligibility Conditions
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For more information about our scholarships and the application process, please email Tom Wickersham, Program Director.