Cedar Rapids College Opportunity Scholarship

Application Information

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Amount
Awarded

$500

Awarded

Application Deadline

February 28

Friday
Awarded By:

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually according to the amount of funding available for each year.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must attend a public or private high school in Linn County, Iowa.
  4. Must rank in the top one-third of his/her graduating class.
  5. Must be a graduating high school senior at time of application.
  6. Must enroll full time.
  7. Must plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university in Iowa.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available for U.S. students who are graduating high school seniors attending one of the eligible public or private high schools in the Cedar Rapids/College Community/Linn-Mar/Marion areas are eligible for this award. Students must rank in the top 1/3 of their graduating class, participate in extracurricular activities inside and outside of school, have a clear sense of his/her career goals, and demonstrate financial need.

Application requirements for the Cedar Rapids College Opportunity Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • FAFSA
  • EFC Statement
Additional Information: An eligible applicant must participate in extracurricular activities inside and outside of school, have a clear sense of his/her career goals, and demonstrate financial need.

Award Amount: $500 annually, non-renewable. The award amount may vary according to the funding available for each year.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $500.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, February 28

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, February 28

The application deadline date has not yet been finalized for this year, but is expected to remain the same as last year. The deadline date shown here is tentative based on last year's date. Please check back in December for a refreshed application deadline date. Applications are available online from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF) website. Please note: Students may apply for all GCRCF scholarships for which they are qualified, but must submit a separate application for each. As part of the completed application, the student must provide a statement of goals that is 250 words or less. The statement must include: the student's educational, career, and employment goals; future plans and how these plans will help him/her to achieve his/her goals; information about any circumstances of a personal, cultural, or financial nature that he/she has had to face; and an explanation of how the information in the statement explains how he/she fits the specific criteria for the scholarship. In addition to the completed application, the student must submit his/her latest academic transcript, an academic letter of reference, and a non-academic letter of reference. The student must also submit a copy of his/her Statement of Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The Statement of EFC is generated by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at college financial aid offices, and at high school guidance offices. Application materials must be submitted and received no later than the deadline date. Students attending Jefferson, Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Marion, Prairie, Washington, Xavier should apply at their high school guidance offices. Other students in Linn County must download the general application form from GCRCF and submit the completed applications to GCRCF.
Contact: Rochelle Naylor
Address: 324 Third St. S.E. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

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