The DMACC Foundation scholarship application is completed online. There is a section for personal, academic, and financial information, as well as an essay question. A copy (unofficial is accepted) of your most recent transcript must be attached to your online application or turned into the Financial Aid Office, Attn: Sue Rardin, by the application deadline. Once you have electronically submitted your online application and provided your transcripts, the process is complete. Applicants are notified four to five weeks after the scholarship deadline if they earned a scholarship award. Notifications are sent by email.
Applicants are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible, however, a student may receive only one Foundation scholarship. Scholarship criteria vary. Some scholarships are for specific areas of study, students attending a specific campus, or for individuals with specific backgrounds or needs. The online application will determine your eligibility based on your questionnaire answers.
Paper applications are not accepted. Any paper applications provided to a student without the consent of the DMACC Foundation are considered fraudulent and punishable to the extent of the law. All students must apply through the online DMACC Foundation scholarship application.
Applications MUST be completed by the applicant. Under no circumstances can parents, teachers or counselors complete a scholarship application for a student. No scholarship or applicant information will be discussed with or released to anyone other than the applicant, pursuant with FERPA regulations.
An application through the DMACC Foundation Scholarship program does not take the place of a DMACC Financial Aid application. For information about financial aid, speak with the DMACC Financial Aid Office at 515-964-6282.
The online application form takes approximately one hour to complete. It is necessary to complete the application in a single session, as the form cannot be saved and reopened at a later time. The scholarship application is composed of a section requesting personal, academic and financial information, and a formal essay about goals, community involvement, and achievements.
Essays should be 500-1,200 words in length, single spaced using Times New Roman 12-point font that address each of the following:
- Describe your educational and career goals, community/college volunteer involvement, achievements (honors, awards, etc.) and financial need.
- Explain how you would personally benefit from receiving scholarship support and how you value a college education.
* Helpful hint: Applicants are encouraged to compose and edit (including spell check, grammar, punctuation, and word count) their essay in a Microsoft Word document prior to beginning the online form, so that the text can be pasted into the space provided; typing the essay into the text box may cause the application to time out and the applicant will need to start over.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
- Completed DMACC Admissions Application must be on file -OR- must be enrolled as a current DMACC student.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for most recent coursework to semester start date.
- Students who have completed less than 6 DMACC credits (to semester start date) will be instructed to upload or send a transcript (official, unofficial or scanned copy) from their most recent school, to be received in the DMACC Scholarship Office by the application deadline. Applicants with no recorded grade within the last 10 years will be exempt from this requirement.
- Students on financial aid suspension are not eligible for a DMACC Foundation Scholarship.
Foundation scholarships are awarded for the fall, spring, and summer terms. The deadlines for the 2017-2018 academic year are:
- Prairie Trails Scholarship: March 2, 2018 at 4 p.m. (CST)
- Spring 2018 High School Grad Scholarship (for High School Seniors Only): March 2, 2018 at 4 p.m. (CST)
- Summer 2018 Semester: March 30th, 2018 @ 4 p.m. (CST)
- Fall 2018 Semester: April 30th, 2018 @ 4 p.m. (CST)
Each application through the DMACC Foundation Scholarship Program is read and scored by members of the Scholarship Review Committee. The Scholarship Review Committee is comprised of the DMACC Foundation Board of Directors, donors, DMACC faculty and staff, and community volunteers. Each member generously donates their time to read and score scholarship applications. Each application is read and scored by three Scholarship Review Committee members. Scores are averaged and weighted based on the following percentages:
- 50% Essay
- 25% Financial Need
- 25% Cumulative Grade-Point Average
Scholarship Award Amounts
Scholarship award amounts vary. Most scholarship awards range from $250 to $1,500 per year for part-time and full-time enrollment.
Students must enroll at least half-time (6 hours) to receive a scholarship. The recipient will be notified of the scholarship award amount limit at the time of selection. Scholarships are generally awarded for the fall and spring semesters; a few awards apply to summer term. Scholarships must be used in the term awarded.
Please note: Actual award amounts will be adjusted not to exceed recipients' tuition and fees.
How Scholarships Are Paid
Unless otherwise stated, all awards will be applied directly to a student's DMACC account and may be used for tuition, fees and/or book charges at DMACC for the semester in which the award is given, unless otherwise specified in the scholarship criteria.
If you earn a DMACC Foundation scholarship, you will be required to maintain a minimum of half-time (6 credits) status, as well as at least a 2.0 GPA during the semester. Some awards may have higher requirements that will be communicated at the time of award notification, if applicable. If a recipient fails to maintain his/her original enrollment criteria or drops out before the term ends, he/she may be required to repay the DMACC Foundation. Unless noted in the scholarship criteria, DMACC Foundation scholarships are nonrefundable—the unused balance is returned to the DMACC Foundation.
Applicants are notified four to five weeks after the scholarship deadline. All communication will be sent via email. No information will be given over the phone.
Complete Listing of DMACC Foundation Scholarships
View a complete listing of DMACC Foundation Scholarships currently available.
If you have questions regarding your scholarship application or scholarship award please contact: Sue Rardin, Financial Aid Specialist, at 515-965-7179 or
For questions on how to establish a scholarship, please contact the DMACC Foundation at 515-964-6229.
Other Scholarship Opportunities
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