What is Dollars for Scholars?

The Grinnell-Newburg Dollars for Scholars is a locally operated and supported foundation.  Operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, the purpose of Dollars for Scholars is to expand access to educational opportunities by involving and assisting donors in the support and encouragement of educational achievement. 

The Grinnell-Newburg Dollars for Scholars is a chapter affiliate of Scholarship America, a nationally recognized nonprofit student aid service organization.


Why is Dollars for Scholars so important?

Rising costs are closing doors to higher education for many individuals in our community.  Through Dollars for Scholars we have the opportunity to make a strong, collective statement about the importance of education beyond high school.  We can provide both encouragement and financial support for local students.


How are funds for local awards provided?

Each year our community and high school alumni are invited to demonstrate support for local students through a variety of fund-raising activities.  Funds also come from the generous support of local businesses, service organizations and individuals who desire to sponsor scholarships in their name.  For those who wish to establish endowed scholarships, the Grinnell-Newburg Dollars for Scholars may be named as a beneficiary in wills and insurance policies or receive gifts or property.


Who may apply for a scholarship?

Dollars for Scholars believes any sincere and determined Grinnell Community Senior High School graduate should have the opportunity to continue his or her education after graduation.  Scholarships can be for two-year, four-year or vocational and technical colleges.


How are local scholarships awarded?

By completing an online common application form, students become eligible for several local awards.  Applications are scored online.  Applicants receive points for a variety of qualities including work experience, school and community activities and academic record.  The selection process is objective making scholarships available to a wide range of deserving students planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.