Outside Scholarships

Only state and local scholarship opportunities will be accepted and posted on this website. 

Iowa Scottish Rite Masonic Educational Fund

This is a LOAN program available to Iowa residents and may be extended to out-of-state students attending an Iowa college/university. Applicants must show financial need and have completed at least one year of college. A transcript must be submitted to show evidence of further academic success (sophomores must have a 2.75 CGPA and juniors, seniors and graduate students must have a 2.5 CGPA. Three character references need to be submitted as well. Student may borrow up to $2000/year up to an aggregate total of $6,000. Principal payments need not be made until the loan recipient's education is completed or discontinued. Current interest rate is 6% per year and payments should be made in semi-annual installments. If interested in applying, please contact the following address: Iowa Scottish Rite Masonic Educational Fund, Office of Secretary-Treasurer, 316 E. College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240.

Department of the Army

Please see us for information on the educational benefits (loan repayment) for students who enter the military after graduation.

You can access the following web sites to receive information, free of charge, on searching for other outside scholarships. We do not guarantee the validity of the information you may find on these sites and students should use at their own discretion.

LifeServe Scholarship

LifeServe will award a $500 scholarship to students who organize a successful blood drive during specified dates in the summer months (Memorial Day - Labor Day) or the winter months (December - January).  To be eligible to win, students must recruit donors and act as the chairperson for the blood drive and meet a minimum of 40 registered donors at their blood drive.  Visit lifeservebloodcenter.org for a complete list of guidelines and additional details. 

Carver Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to a BVU sophomore student who is an Iowa resident with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.  The award is $8,000 per year and renewable for your senior year (a total of $16,000 awarded during the Junior/Senior years).    To be eligible for this scholarship, students must present evidence of something unusual that is hindering the student from reaching their education goals (some kind of “social barrier” or challenging/debilitating situation; some examples of candidates in the past that have received this scholarship include:  student that has a major illness, parents with an illness, or had a mentally challenged parent or sibling).


This scholarship requires that you file the FAFSA by March 1, 2020 and the Carver Scholarship application must be completed by April 1, 2020.  You may stop at the Financial office and pick up a printed copy of the brochure.  You may also apply online at www.carvertrust.org (under the scholarship tab at the top of the home page, select Apply On-line First year link on the right side of the screen). 


Iowa Student Loan Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship

Iowa Student Loan is offering $1,000 scholarships to five incoming college freshmen from neighboring states through the Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship.  

To be eligible, students must be current high school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin who attend an Iowa college in fall 2020.

The scholarship has no requirements for minimum GPA or class rank, financial need, intended major or purchase.

To qualify, students must:

Registered students will also receive important college planning and financing tips via email during the registration period.

Presbyterian Scholarship for Undergraduates

The Presbyterian Mission Agency provides scholarships to up to 120 college students per year. Eligible applicants will be PCUSA church members seeking a first associates or bachelors’ degree, attending an accredited college or university in the United States full-time in 2020-21. The basic scholarship award is $4,000, up to need, and if need remains after the scholarship is awarded, students may be considered for additional supplemental aid, including:

  • $2,000 Supplemental award for People of Color
  • $2,000 Supplemental award for students who are the first in their family to attend college
  • $2,000 Supplemental award for students who represent the 10% neediest students selected for award based on remaining need and expected family contribution


The deadline for this scholarship is May 15, 2020

Scholarship Search Engines

Numerous scholarship opportunities can be found uing these scholarship search engines. Awarding criteria, award amounts and deadlines vary by scholarship.

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