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Are all scholarships based on academic excellence?
How many scholarship funds are available each year?

When can students apply for Kirkwood Community College scholarships?
To be considered for more than one scholarship, do students need to fill out multiple applications?
When are scholarship awards made?
Who selects scholarship recipients?
How is financial need determined?
Are transcripts and recommendations needed?
If I am awarded a scholarship, how long will I receive funding?
Tips for Success

Are all scholarships based on academic excellence?
Some Kirkwood scholarships are based on academic excellence. Others are based on other factors such as financial need, residency, leadership, program or major, or other requirements.

How many scholarship funds are available each year?
Endowed scholarships are available every year. Other scholarships are available as long as the donor contributes funds.

When can students apply for Kirkwood Community College scholarships?
To be considered for a scholarship, you must first have a current Kirkwood application on file. Applications for scholarship awards open October 1, and are available online and in the Financial Support and Scholarship Opportunities book. You may pick up a book at any Kirkwood Center or on Kirkwood’s main campus at Admissions, 116 Iowa Hall; Financial Aid, 205 Kirkwood Hall; and Resource Development, 307 Mansfield Center.

All Kirkwood application materials must be submitted to the Scholarship office via electronic application or postmarked by March 15 in order to be considered for first-round funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadline will be eligible for a limited amount of second-round funding opportunities and new scholarships developed after the March 15 deadline.

Should existing scholarship opportunities need to be re-opened (if a recipient elects not to attend Kirkwood and declines an opportunity) all eligible applicants at that time will be considered for second-round and/or subsequent awards. This will include any new scholarships established throughout the course of the current school year. Current-year scholarship applicants who meet the criterion of a new scholarship opportunity will be considered for that award. The Scholarship Selection Committee determines awards.

The majority of award letters are sent by mid-June. Some recipients may decline scholarship awards, causing a scholarship to re-open and appear on the Web site at a later date.

Please note that certain scholarships have special application processes that are detailed in the book and listed on this Web site.

To be considered for more than one scholarship, do students need to fill out multiple applications?
Send only one application even if you qualify for more than one scholarship. You should complete only one application unless the specific scholarship criterion states otherwise. Every attempt will be made to match available scholarships to your specific situation based upon the detailed information you provide in your essay.

When are scholarship awards made?
For the majority of scholarships, recipient selection is usually completed by mid-June.

Departmental committees award selected scholarships. These departmental awards may not follow the same timeline for the award selection process. As a result, some scholarships are not awarded until a later date. Recipients selected will receive notification via U.S. mail once selections are complete.

Note: Since applications can be reviewed at multiple times throughout the school year, you will not be notified if you are not selected as a recipient.

Who selects scholarship recipients?
A scholarship committee comprised of Kirkwood faculty and staff, representing multiple areas of the college, screens the applications. The committee meets in April to make recommendations based on donor criterion. Academic department scholarship committees choose selected scholarship recipients.

How is financial need determined?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required for scholarship awards that are based on documented financial need. Upon completion of the federal government form, send it to the address as indicated. (This is the form you complete to see if you also qualify for grants and/or loans.) To be considered for first-round need-based scholarships, this form must be completed and filed either electronically or sent via U.S. mail by  March 1. To file online, visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
Note: Kirkwood Community College's institutional code is 004076.

International students qualify for many scholarships and should submit a letter from Kirkwood’s International Studies office with their completed scholarship application in lieu of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Are transcripts and recommendations needed?
If you are currently in high school or have graduated from high school in the last five years, provide a copy of your official high school transcript.

If you graduated more than five years ago, no transcript is required. If you have transferred from another college or university, please supply your academic transcript from that institution.

If you have completed a GED or received a high school diploma through an alternative program, please submit proof of completion along with your scholarship application.

If I am awarded a scholarship, how long will I receive funding?
Most scholarship awards begin in the fall semester immediately following your notification and acceptance of the award(s) and will also be available in the spring of the following year. Some scholarships have a specific provision that allows a summer award as well. Once the current academic year is concluded, your scholarship funding will cease. Kirkwood's scholarship program for the following fall academic year opens on October 1.

Tips for Success

  • Applications can only be submitted electronically www.kirkwood.edu/scholarships
  • Follow all instructions with care, paying attention to required information and supporting documentation needs for specific opportunities.
  • Make sure the information you provide explains your interest in the academic program you have chosen and why you believe you deserve a scholarship.
    • If you meet specific scholarship criteria, be sure to include that information in your summary.
    • Outline your short- and long-range career plans and include a brief personal outline of your background in the summary.
    • In addition, you should include recent honors or awards received (academic, professional, civic, etc.) and involvement in community groups/organizations.
  • Be sure to include any additional requirements (letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) that specific scholarships may request, and check instructions for any special application process or other requirements.
  • Double-check for complete information prior to submitting your application. Applicants are responsible for providing complete information. The college will not contact the applicant to request additional information should the application materials be incomplete.

More Questions Contact
Scholarship Office
319-398-5442
foundation@kirkwood.edu
 

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