External Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities presented here are from organizations external to Kirkwood Community College, and reflect the most current information they have provided us. The external organization is the final authority regarding scholarship amounts, deadlines, eligibility criteria, and other relevant information. Kirkwood is not responsible for incorrect information listed here. We hope this content is helpful to you in your search for scholarships.

We are uploading new content continuously, make sure to come back later for updates. Last updated: April 29, 2024

Scholarship Deadlines

The 2024 Jerry Woods IRMCA Scholarship Application will be offered to a qualified student who is or will be pursuing a major course of study in the building trades, including concrete technology and practice. The scholarship recipient will attend, or plan to attend, an Iowa community college. Apply now. Completed applications need to be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2024.


Grundy County Memorial Hospital Foundation Scholarship

The Grundy County Memorial Hospital Foundation offers nine, $1,500 scholarships for students:

  • Are enrolled in a health care career program (Nursing, Paramedic, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Laboratory Sciences, PTA, OTA)
  • Live in, or graduated from high school in a community within the Grundy County Memorial Hospital service area of Butler, Grundy, Hardin, or Tama counties.
  • Who have completed at least one semester of their official, accredited health care program
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

The application can be found at www.grundycountyhospital.org and must be completed by May 31, 2024.

Professional Women’s Network (PWN) Scholarship 

To further promote the Professional Women’s Network’s mission of “women helping women” the PWN Scholarship Foundation will award up to four (4) scholarships of approximately $500 for the non-traditional students. The following requirements must be met:

Must be a female resident of Iowa.

Must be a student who will be attending classes, either full or part-time, during the academic year.

Must be working towards a vocational certification, associate degree, or first bachelor’s degree at one of the educational institutions listed below.

  • Coe College
  • Cornell College
  • Purdue University Global
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Mercy/St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Tech
  • St. Luke’s Medical Technology Program
  • Mount Mercy University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Dubuque (Cedar Rapids location)
  • A collegiate institution not listed above but located within a 60-mile radius of Linn County, Iowa.

Special consideration will be given to non-traditional students, defined as those at least 21 years old upon application deadline who have or will return to school after an absence of at least 3 years.

Students should apply online at https://www.pwnia.org/scholarship-application/ by June 30, 2024. 


Mae Henry Family and Consumer Science Award

The Cedar Rapids Family and Consumer Science Association is excited to offer a $500 scholarship to any student graduating from the Grant Wood AEA region with an interest in pursuing a career in the area of Family and Consumer Science. Student must plan to pursue a four-year degree program of student in any area of Family and Consumer Science (may include study at a community college).

Eligible students must complete the application form,  include a letter explaining future educational and professional goals, and two reference letters from adults. Each reference letter should list the name, address, and phone number of the person writing the reference.

Completed application, career letter, and reference forms should be mailed by June 1, 2024 to:

                Judith Schroeder

                3128 Adirondack Drive NE

                Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


Tama Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarship

Tama Soil & Water Conservation District is offering a scholarship opportunity for Tama County residents/natives for the 2024-2025 academic year.  Applicants must be agriculture or natural resources students. Applications due by June 28.

Application link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F1tjbdBjjQk_xgLGckqbrZERDs7y09dq/view?usp=sharing


Cedar Rapids Latino Festival Scholarship

Three (3) scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to high school seniors (college or trade school bound) or currently enrolled college students pursuing a degree at a two or four-year accredited college/university. Students must be from Hispanic/Latino background and must be attending high school, trade school, or college in Linn or Johnson counties.

Application must be submitted by June 15, 2024. 


Czech Heritage Foundation Scholarship

Czech Heritage Foundation created a program to assist students in paying for higher education who have Czech/Slovak ancestry. Scholarships are traditionally awarded during the CHF’s annual August picnic. The award is available to applicants who:

-          have completed a minimum of one year as a full-time, post-secondary student;

-          have accumulated at least 24 secondary credits; or are a graduate student.

Visit this link to apply by July 1: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjWTnOBQlYpp4LlpKAxmewFJt9sKqXsYwud_ihd7eMAq1Lrw/viewform


Upon receiving a scholarship, recipients are expected to participate in a function sponsored by the Czech Heritage Foundation.

Ford Auto Tech Scholarship

The Ford Fund is awarding $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) tuition scholarships to financially struggling students pursuing careers in auto and auto/diesel technology. This need-based scholarship is applied to a student’s school tuition account and may be used for all costs of attendance, including tuition, tools, living expenses, and transportation.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Any individual (including high school graduates, career-changing adults, veterans, reskill, etc.) who is pursuing a degree or certificate in automotive technology (including diesel).
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved DACA status
  • Must demonstrate financial need to apply
  • Be an enrolled future student -or- an active, current auto, diesel, or auto/diesel student at a post-secondary Institution in good standing
  • Have a completed and approved FAFSA with an EFC/SAI under 40,000 on file at campus. DACA students will have financial need verified by campus.

The application process is open from March 4, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2024. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis as applications are received and reviewed. To apply, please visit https://techforce.org/lnesc/

Allied Van Lines is a large moving company that is looking to provide a scholarship to three students whose area of study focuses on logistics and moving-related fields. Each scholarship is $1,000 and is available to current students and to those who are enrolling in college. Apply by Dec. 15 at www.allied.com/scholarship


External scholarship recipients receive offers and are selected by agencies or committees outside of Kirkwood, and Kirkwood is not responsible for establishing criteria or participating in the selection or notification of recipients.

Any links to external websites concerning external scholarship opportunities are being provided for informational purposes only. Please kindly keep in mind that Kirkwood bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality, or content of any external website or for that of subsequent links. Kirkwood reserves the right to post or remove scholarships at any time. Inclusion in the listing does not constitute an endorsement by Kirkwood.