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. 

SFM Foundation

The SFM Foundation provides scholarships to students who parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota or Iowa employers.  The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019.  The application can be found at:  www.sfmfoundation.com.  The amount is for up to $10,000 per year for up to five years.

Quota International of Sioux City

This Education Grant is for students pursuing post secondary education who are deaf or hearing impaired and also to students who are going into a field of study that will benefit and assist those who are deaf or hearing impaired.  Students must reside within a 100-mile radius of Sioux City, IA and plan to attend a post secondary institution in Iowa, Nebraska or South Dakota. The minimum grant amount to be awarded is $500.00 to a maximum of $1,000.  The application can be found in the Office on Financial Assistance.  The application deadline is March 15, 2019. 

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, 2019and the Carver Scholarship application must be completed by April 1, 2019.  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). 


MaxYield Scholarship

This is a $1,000 scholarship for students who are in pursuit of a degree in agriculture.  Area college students and graduating high school seniors are encouraged to apply.  The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

To apply or for more information go to: https://www.maxyieldcoop.com/agscholarships or stop by the Financial Aid Office for an application.

Iowa Farm Bureau Scholarship:

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The deadline is March 1, 2019

Iowa Student Loan -  Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship

Iowa Student Loan is offering $1,000 scholarships to incoming college freshmen from neighboring states. 

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 2019. As you meet with students and families from those states, please share the informational flier (PDF) for the Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship. The flier is designed to print three per page to save paper and printing costs.

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

To qualify, students must:


The Iowa Business and Professional Women Scholarship

The Iowa Business and Professional Women Foundation is pleased to announce we are now taking applications for educational scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.   Five $1000.00 scholarships will be available to those who apply and meet the following criteria.  The awards will be granted Saturday April 27, 2019.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated in promoting this scholarship opportunity to qualified and deserving students.



·         Is a resident of Iowa. 

·         Is a United States citizen.

·         Wants/needs to reenter the workforce but needs additional education.    

·         Wants to start or resume a college education. Graduated high school five (5) or more

        years ago (2014 or before).

·         Demonstrates financial need, scholastic ability, leadership skills and career goals.

  Applicant must*:

·         Complete the formal application in its entirety by MARCH 29, 2019.  Forms are available at


·         Submit a copy of official transcripts from an accredited institution of higher learning.

       (Transcripts if stamped “Issued to Student” are acceptable.)

·         Provide on letterhead, three (3) letters of reference from non-family members.  One

       each from an employer, a teacher, and a community leader who can attest to

       applicant’s character and need for this scholarship.

    *Requirement: Application, Transcripts, and References must besubmitted 

         simultaneously by March 29, 2019.


The applicant need not be a BPW member except in the case of a member living out of state.  (Check overview document for definition of active member.).


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