Financial Aid

Outside Scholarships

Tips for Finding Scholarships

Tip #1: Start Local

Banks, churches, unions or professional organizations, Dollars for Scholars, Rotary and Lions
Clubs often offer great scholarships. Your high school counselor is a great resource.

Tip #2: Search Wisely

Search for scholarships that showcase your strengths and accomplishments, hobbies, religious
affiliation, family heritage, volunteer activities, athletic involvement, financial need, musical
talents or interests, GPA, or state of residence, just to name a few.

Tip #3: Get Involved

Many scholarship committees want to see you are involved in your community. A couple
volunteer hours a week can pay off in more ways than one.

Tip #4: Be Ready

Gather tax info, recommendation letters and your résumé ahead of time. Make sure you meet
the scholarship’s qualifications before you spend a lot of time applying. Apply for many! The
time invested may pay off big. Don’t forget deadlines.

Tip #5: Check out the web!

There are hundreds of FREE scholarship searches available to you. Start here: 

Tip #6: Use your Financial Aid Office

Contact us! We would love to help you in your search for scholarships. You may reach
either Donna Newendorp at 641-628-5187 or Wayne Dille at 641-628-5336 by phone, or at