How to Apply for Scholarships

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How to Apply for Scholarships

One Application, Four Easy Steps

At Kirkwood, we make applying for scholarships easy!

Just follow the four simple steps below to be considered for your part of the more than $3 million we award to students each year.

Start Your Scholarship Application

Scholarships Step-By-Step

You'll need to complete a Kirkwood application for admission. To be considered for scholarships, you must have a current application on file to attend Kirkwood. 

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Keep in Mind:

  • In the scholarship application, students answer questions that build their profile, which is matched to multiple scholarship opportunities through a personalized portal. The more questions you answer, the more scholarships you could be matched to now and in the future, so answer as many as you can!
  • Some information about you is automatically uploaded from our college database. This information is accurate and updates regularly. If you need to update any information, please use MyHub.
  • The scholarship application matches students with various scholarship opportunities and alerts them whenever they match to a new scholarship opportunity. Students login through the secure portal to check their application status, looks for scholarship opportunities, and more!
  • Promote yourself in your summary! This is your opportunity to shine, so use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation and make sure to include any honors or awards received and involvement in community groups/organizations.
  • You can save your progress and finish later, as long as you have not submitted the application. To finish later, you can find your “In Progress” applications in the Applications tab. Once your application is submitted, it is final, so we highly recommend reviewing all documents prior to submitting.

Start Your Application

Currently in high school or 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.

Completed a GED or received a high school diploma through an alternative program? Submit proof of completion along with your scholarship application.

If you're transferring to Kirkwood from another school, or if you've attended college at all in the past, contact your former school's registrar's office and ask them to send your official college transcript. 

Send Transcripts To

Kirkwood Community College
Enrollment Services
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Note: No transcript is required if you have already attended Kirkwood for six credit hours or more.

*Transcripts are not required to apply for Kirkwood scholarships, but are encouraged.

Visit the FAFSA website to complete your application.

Kirkwood’s school code is 004076.

You'll want to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. To be considered for first-round, need-based scholarships at Kirkwood, it must be received by March 15.

Several scholarships are based on financial need. The scholarship selection committee will take into consideration a student's financial need as documented by the FAFSA.

Any scholarships that are based on financial need will have a listed criterion of: Must demonstrate financial need.

*FAFSA completion is not required to apply for Kirkwood scholarships, but is enouraged.

International Students

If you're an international student, check in with the Global Learning office to learn about your scholarship opportunities.

Tuition & Scholarships for International Students

Mckenzie Feld

“I chose to attend Kirkwood because of its affordability, the scholarship opportunities, and the friendly environment of people who work with the students each day.”

Mckenzie Feld,
Robins, Iowa


Kirkwood Foundation