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Scholarships – General Information

The CRCSD Scholarship Page is a comprehensive website dedicated to helping Cedar Rapids students find college scholarships. You’ll find links to the financial aid offices for colleges in the state of Iowa, award search engines, and more!

For information regarding scholarship opportunities from specific colleges, students should search the college’s web pages for a complete listing of scholarships and financial aid programs offered by the college.

Scholarship Tips

  1. Apply for as many scholarships as you can! Someone will be awarded the money…why not you?
  2. Look for scholarships available at each college to which you’ve applied.
  3. Ask for recommendation letters early! Most people are happy to write one if given plenty of notice.
  4. Prepare a resume with academic, extra-curricular, leadership, and service information.

FAFSA 101

What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an application form that you must complete and submit to the government in order to receive federal financial aid. Once you fill it out, the government will share your information with your chosen schools.

When should I complete the FAFSA form?

The form is available on October 1st of each year. You must complete out a new FAFSA each year you attend school.

Where can I go for help completing the FAFSA?

The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) offers free assistance in filing the FAFSA.

  • Iowa College Access Network Office Information
    • Linn County Regional Education Center
    • 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha, IA 52233 (Map)
    • Phone: (877) 272-4692
    • Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Need more information?

Visit https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/fafsa-faqs for a more detailed look at FAFSA info.

If you’re ready to complete your FAFSA, the direct link is https://fafsa.ed.gov/.


Scholarships – Washington Specific

The Leola Z. Clark Scholarship is a need-based, general scholarship available to any high school senior who is a resident of the Wellington Heights neighborhood.

This scholarship originated from a gift from Leola Clark, a long-time member of St. Paul’s UMC. Mrs. Clark was a pioneer in the insurance business in Cedar Rapids. Circumstances in her early life forced her to leave high school, earn her GED, and enter the workforce. She did so successfully, becoming one of the first female underwriters. She established a scholarship program with our foundation to assist graduates with their college plans. Leola died at the age of 103, in 2009.

Number of Scholarships Available: 1
Scholarship Award Amount: $ 2800 (over 4 years)

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The application must be made online (if possible) by completing the form here.
  2. The applicant must be pursuing post-secondary education in an accredited college, university, community college, vocational or technical school, not including continuing education.
  3. The applicant must live in Wellington Heights, which is bound by 1st Ave NE, 19th St SE, Mt. Vernon Rd SE, and 10th St. SE.
  4. The applicant must be graduating from high school between December 2021 and June 2022.
  5. The applicant must have a financial need – annual family income cannot exceed $47,322
  6. All applicants, both the recipient and those not receiving a scholarship award, will be notified no later than the last Friday in May
  7. Payment of all scholarship awards will be made to the educational institution the recipient will be attending.

Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2022


Below is information for scholarships awarded by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF). An application for each scholarship is linked and must be completed for consideration. Clicking on the name of the scholarship in blue will take you to a Google Doc that must be copied to be edited. Students may turn in the same essay for multiple awards providing the prompt is the same.

Applications can be submitted on Google Classroom (seniors have access under College & Career Transition), printed and brought in to Ms. Weiland in the Counseling Office, or emailed directly to Ms. Byers at jbyers@crschools.us. The Komensky Society Scholarship has a special online application that must be used.

Return completed applications to the Counseling Office no later than Friday, February 25 at 4:30 PM.

BESONG FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP: $500

  1. Planning to attend a fully accredited nonprofit or public college or university
  2. Academic achievement (GPA over 3.0)
  3. Preference given to minority applicants
  4. Preference given to student-athletes

COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP: $500

  1. Planning to attend a fully accredited nonprofit or public college or university
  2. Financial need
  3. Demonstrated career goals
  4. Participating in extracurricular activities

DEBOOM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: $400

  1. A graduating senior at Cedar Rapids Washington High School who is eligible for and receiving special education services for learning disabilities.
  2. The applicant must plan to attend a fully accredited nonprofit or public college or university
  3. Financial need
  4. High moral character

GLIDDEN COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP: $1,000

  1. Planning to attend a fully accredited nonprofit or public college or university
  2. Community involvement
  3. Demonstrated respect and consideration for others

KALOUS OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP: $1,000; renewable for 3 additional years

  1. Planning to attend a fully accredited nonprofit or public college or university
  2. Financial need
  3. Demonstrated strong ethics and high moral character
  4. PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED: Planning to pursue study in Government, Political Science, Engineering, or Music
  5. PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED: Planning to attend a college or university in the state of Iowa

KLEIMAN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP NOMINATION: $5,000, renewable for three additional years based on academic performance

  1. This is a nomination only – finalists will be selected from applicants from all Cedar Rapids high schools
  2. Planning to attend Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, or the University of Northern Iowa
  3. Leadership and good character
  4. Academic achievement
  5. Financial need

KOMENSKY SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP: $500-$1,000

  1. For Linn County students of Czech or Slovak heritage
  2. Demonstrated importance of Czech or Slovak heritage in student’s life
  3. Financial need
  4. Academic achievement
  5. Good character

MERVEAUX ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP: $500

  1. Planning to attend a fully accredited nonprofit or public college, university, vocational, or technical school
  2. Academic achievement (GPA & class rank along with depth & variety of classes completed)

OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADER SCHOLARSHIP: $500

  1. Planning to attend a fully accredited nonprofit or public college or university
  2. Exemplary leadership skills both in and outside the school environment
  3. Academic achievement: top 1/3 of graduating class with GPA of 3.0 or above
  4. Demonstration of outstanding character, judgment, dependability, and teamwork

RALPH PLAGMAN SCHOLARSHIP: $500

  1. Planning to attend a fully accredited nonprofit or public four-year college or university
  2. Academic achievement (GPA over 3.2)
  3. Active in community service
  4. High moral character
  5. Financial need (eligible for free/reduced-price lunch or other circumstances)

REEDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: $1,000, renewable for one additional year

  1. Planning to attend a fully accredited nonprofit or public college, university, vocational, or technical school
  2. Financial need
  3. Demonstrated strong ethics and high moral character

WASHINGTON ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP: $1,000

  1. Planning to attend a fully accredited nonprofit public or private college or university, vocational, trade, or technical post-secondary school as a full-time student
  2. Financial need
  3. Minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  4. Preference given to students who participate in volunteer service activities
  5. Preference given to students who demonstrate high moral character