Senior students across Southwest Iowa can apply for multiple scholarships with a single application starting February 1. The local nonprofit Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation solicits and administers over 100 scholarships in partnership with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation.
“SWIEF believes in the power of higher education and the difference it can make in the lives of young people,” said Kara Cole Trade, President of SWIEF. “These scholarships not only provide financial support when the cost of a degree or credential increases, but they also help realize the lifelong dreams of many first-generation students.”
Last year, 127 students from more than 30 district high schools received more than $400,000 in college scholarships. This year, those numbers are likely to increase, thanks in part to awards like the Wenninghoff Scholarships, which this year will increase to 20 of 14 scholarships, equally split between Treynor and Underwood High Schools at $5,000 each and renewable for four years. .
“The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation is very grateful to partner with SWIEF to make higher education possible for students in our district,” said Donna Dostal, president and CEO of the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation. “Our community is incredibly generous, with a vision to create sustainable scholarship support for future generations. We truly believe Southwest Iowa is one of the pioneers in our state supporting education through scholarship.”
The deadline to apply for the SWIEF scholarship is March 15th. The application can be found either on the SWIEF or PCCF websites or at https://bit.ly/SWIEF For more information on SWIEF, either as an applicant or potential donor, please visit the SWIEF website at swiowaeducationalfoundation.org.
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