Scholarships

The College and its Foundation strive to lessen the financial burden on our students through scholarships. Last year the College distributed more than $12,216,601 in student aid from federal, state, institutional and private sources to 70 percent of our students.

Students need to submit only one NICC Scholarship application per school year. The priority deadline is April 1 for the next school year but applications will also be reviewed in July and November.

Please use the Scholarship Application link below.

Concurrent Enrollment Loyalty Award - $50 per credit hour awarded to 2019 high school seniors for every successfully completed Northeast Iowa Community College concurrent enrollment course. Student must enroll with the College for fall 2019 and pursue a two-year Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) transfer degree; earn a grade of C- or above in concurrent classes and enroll in a minimum of six credit hours. Maximum award of $1,500 or 30 credit hours. No application required, eligibility determined with NICC application for admission.

Awards for 2019-2020 school year will be automatically applied to eligible student's accounts starting in May, once final concurrent course grades are recorded.

*Loyalty awards are dependent on funding. Eligible only towards tuition costs (after individual federal grant funding is applied; if applicable). Award is split evenly between fall and spring semesters. View more information on concurrent enrollment.

All Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation scholarships require the NICC Scholarship Application.

First-time student awards are indicated with the * symbol.

If awarded a scholarship, the funding is applied directly to your student account. Students need to be enrolled and registered at the College for that semester in order to receive funding.

All Programs of Study

  • A&J Petersburg Scholarship*

  • American Legion of Iowa Foundation Scholarship
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Requirement: Veteran or family member of veteran

  • Bear Creek Archaeology Scholarship*

  • CUSB Bank Scholarship*
    Requirement: Resident of Howard or Winneshiek counties

  • Dan Barton Family Scholarship*
    Requirement: Resident of the NICC district

  • Darwin & Barbara Schrage Scholarship*
    Requirement: Resident of the NICC district

  • Dave & Kris Kratz Endowed Student Financial Assistance Award
    Enrollment Status: Completed first year
    Requirement: Non-traditional student who worked in the un-skilled or under-skilled employment position, came back to NICC to upgrade their workforce skills; preference given to students exploring careers in skilled trade areas

  • Decorah Bank & Trust/Cresco Bank & Trust Scholarship* - Calmar
    Requirement: Resident of Howard or Winneshiek counties

  • Dubuque Bank & Trust Endowed Scholarship*

  • Dupaco Community Credit Union Scholarship* 
    Preference given to Dupaco Community Credit Union Members
  • DuTrac Community Credit Union Scholarship* - Peosta

  • Early Graduate Scholarship*
    Awarded to high school students who are graduating early and plan to enroll at NICC in the Spring. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

  • Ed Adrian Memorial Scholarship* - Calmar
    Requirements: GPA of 2.75 or higher; documented disability

  • FreedomBank Job Training Scholarship Fund*
    Requirement: Pursuing skilled job training

  • FreedomBank, Waukon Scholarship - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Requirement: Resident of the Waukon, Iowa, area

  • Gantz Foundation/Pepsi Cola Scholarship* - Peosta/Dubuque Center

  • Gourley Family Endowed Scholarship* - Peosta
  • Heritage Scholarship* - Calmar
    Requirements: First generation student, Latina or Latino, from the Postville area

  • J & J Vending Scholarship - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Requirement: GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Janet Bullerman Endowed Scholarship

  • Jim & Pat Anderson Scholarship* - Calmar
    Requirement: Enrolled in an AA or AAS program.

  • John and Mabel Heinen Family Endowment* - Peosta

  • John Kubesh Memorial Scholarship* 

  • Karen Courtney Memorial Scholarship*

  • Lanny & Linda Kuehl Family Scholarship*
    Requirement: Health or Business program, preference given to Clayton Ridge High School graduate

  • Mark and Vicki Donhowe Scholarship*

  • Mavis G. Young Scholarship - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Requirement: Unemployed or lost source of financial support 

  • McKesson Endowed Scholarship* - Peosta/Dubuque Center
  • Metropolitan Lodge #49 in Memory of James Oberfoell Scholarship*
    Requirement: Shows service to their community and qualify for financial need

  • Northeast Iowa Community College 1966 Scholarship*

  • Northeast Iowa Community College Boards Scholarship*
    Requirements: High school graduate; GPA of 2.5 or higher; resident of Iowa
     
  • Northeast Iowa Community College Memorial Scholarship
    Enrollment Status: Completed first year
    Requirements: GPA of 2.5 or higher; resident of Iowa

  • Northeast Iowa Community College Opportunity Scholarship* 
    $1,000 to one senior per in-district high school and three seniors from out-of-district schools who attend the College the fall following graduation

  • Northeast Iowa Community College Staff Scholarship
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Requirement: GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Norma Denlinger/DRA Community Scholarship* - Peosta

  • Presidential Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
    Awarded to students who complete the national Phi Theta Kappa application and are nominated for the All USA Academic team.

  • Prudential Scholarship - Peosta
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Requirement: Preference given to a non-traditional student

  • Ron and Penny Wills Scholarship*
    Requirements: GPA of 2.5 or higher; preference to non-traditional student, displaced worker or single parent

  • Russell and Wendy Knight Fund*

  • Sim Suy Gek Memorial Scholarship*
    Requirement: High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (HSED)

  • Steven James Bruening Memorial Scholarship*
    Requirement: Preference given to Bruening Rock Products, Inc. employees and children

  • Student Veterans Club Scholarship - Peosta
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Requirements: GPA of 2.0 or higher and eligible to receive VA educational benefits or show documentation that they were once eligible

  • Theisen's Home-Farm-Auto Scholarship* - Peosta

  • Vet2Vet Academic Scholarship*
    Requirements: GPA of 3.0 or higher, active/prior serving military duty, reserves or national guard; active member of Vet2Vet

  • Wee Toon Ouut Endowed Scholarship*
    Requirement: Must be a high school or GED graduate prior to the first enrollment term, completed a FAFSA and be accepted into a program with a minimum of 6 credit hours

  • Woodward Communications Endowed Scholarship*
    Requirement: Preference given to Woodward Communications employees owners and their families

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Alliance Pipeline Scholarship* - Peosta

  • A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing Scholarship*

  • Bodine Electric Company*

  • Deco Products Endowed Scholarship - Calmar
    Requirement: Completed first year, Program in Manufacturing

  • Klauer Manufacturing Fund*
    Requirement: Program in Welding, CNC, or Industrial Maintenance

  • John Deere Foundation Industrial Scholarship - Peosta
    Requirement: Program in Welding, Auto, CNC, Electronics, Diesel Mechanics, Engineering Technology, or HVAC
  • Norplex-Micarta Scholarship*

  • Northeast Iowa Charitable Foundation Scholarship*

  • TriMark Corporation Scholarship*

Welding

  • Eugene "Deeder" Bauer Memorial Scholarship* - Peosta

  • Jack Hackney Endowed Welding Scholarship* - Peosta

  • Matthew Kelley Welding Scholarship* - Peosta

Agriculture

  • Farm Credit Services of America Scholarship* - Calmar
    Requirement: Resident of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas or Wyoming, GPA or 3.0 or higher, traditional age 18-22
    Preference given to those who intend to return to the farm or a farm related job in a rural community.

  • George and Elizabeth Shearer Maquoketa Valley Agriculture Scholarship - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Requirement: Resident of Delaware County

  • John and Roberta Rodecap Endowed Scholarship - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first year
    Requirements: GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Lynch Livestock Agriculture Scholarship* - Calmar
    Requirement: GPA 3.0 or higher

  • Norby Farm Fleet Scholarship*
    Requirements: Resident of Manchester, West Union, Elkader, Decorah, Oelwein or Sumner

Dairy Science

  • Jim Hosch Memorial Scholarship - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first year
    Requirement: GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Kregel Family Dairy Science Award - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester

  • Nelson Dairy Consultants Scholarship* - Calmar

  • Shull/Denson Memorial Award* - Calmar

John Deere

  • John Deere Calmar Scholarship - Calmar

Auto Technology, Power Mechanics and Transportation

  • Matthew Kelley Automotive Scholarship* - Peosta

  • Robert A. Klimesh Family Memorial Automotive Award* - Calmar
    Requirement: GPA of 2.75 or higher

Diesel Mechanics

  • Associated General Contractors of Iowa Diesel Scholarship - Peosta
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Preference given to students expressing interest in working with heavy equipment in the highway industry.

Business, Communication and Marketing

Business and Accounting

  • Express Employment Professionals Scholarship* - Peosta

  • Kenneith J. and Sharon L. (Reisch) Erickson Scholarship
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester or 12 credits
    Requirements: GPA of 3.0 or higher; permanent address in Dubuque, Clayton or Fayette County

  • Thomas C. Beadle - Mathis Pfohl Foundation Scholarship* - Peosta
  • William "Bill" Wermers Memorial Scholarship* - Calmar

  • Willis and Patricia Hansen Scholarship* - Calmar
    Requirements: GPA of 2.5 or higher; preference given to a resident of Chickasaw County

Marketing and Communications

  • Mark D. Baker Memorial Scholarship* - Peosta
    Requirement: Non-traditional student
    Preference given to single parents

Construction Technology

Building Materials Management

  • Spahn & Rose Lumber Co. Scholarship*
    Requirements: GPA or 2.75 or higher and resident of Spahn & Rose Lumber Co. service area

Gas Utility, Construction and Service

  • Alliant Energy Scholarship* - Peosta

  • American Gas Association Scholarship* - Peosta
    Requirements: GPA of 2.8 or higher

  • Black Hills Energy Scholarship* - Peosta
    Requirement: GPA of 2.5 or higher
    Preference given to Black Hills Energy customers

Industrial Electrician

  • Oliver Merrill Memorial Scholarship -  Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first year
    Requirement: GPA of 3.0 or higher

Education, Human and Public Services

Cosmetology

  • Blanche J. Hendren Cosmetology Award* - Calmar

Early Childhood Education

  • Karen E. Bolson Memorial Scholarship - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester
    Preference given to a Decorah High School senior or resident of Winneshiek County

Health Sciences

  • Dr. Harry M. & Mrs. Mary B. Elsner Endowed Scholarship*

  • Frank Turnis Family Fund*
    Requirement: G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher

Dental Assisting

  • Dr. Bruce R. Meyer Memorial Scholarship - Peosta
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester

Emergency Medical Technician

  • Paramount Ambulance Scholarship* - Peosta
    Requirements: Enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician program, resident of Dubuque County, pursuing a degree in an Allied Health profession.

  • Sharon and Larry McDermott Memorial Endowed Scholarship* - Peosta

Nursing

  • Beth Hoefer Memorial Nursing Award*
    Requirement: GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Donna R. Jesser Nursing Award* - Calmar

  • Edith L. Willer Memorial Nursing Scholarship - Peosta
    Enrollment Status: Completed first year

  • Jeanne Africa State of Iowa Certified Nurse Aide Testing Award* - Calmar
    Requirements: High School Certified Nurse Aide students with the intention of working in a
    long term care or nursing home facility who have financial need

  • Kathy Healy Memorial Scholarship* - Peosta

  • Marlys Seitz Memorial Scholarship - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first year
    Preference to resident of the MFL-Mar Mac School District

  • Mary Lux Memorial Scholarship* - Peosta
    Requirements: GPA of 2.5 or higher; non-traditional student

  • Mercy School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship - Peosta
    Enrollment Status: Completed first year
    Requirement: GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Sherman Oyen Endowed Scholarship - Calmar
    Enrollment Status: Completed first semester

  • Sister Rosalie Whalen Memorial Nursing Scholarship - Peosta
    Requirement: Completed first year, GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Virginia Heim Memorial Nursing Award - Peosta
    Enrollment Status: Completed first year

Respiratory Care

  • Scott Sieverding Memorial Scholarship* - Peosta
    Requirement: GPA of 2.75 or higher

The following grants and scholarships are provided through the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. Each award has specific eligibility criteria and deadlines that do apply.   

  • Kibbie Grant (Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant) 
    Iowa residents enrolled in specified career or technical education programs may be eligible for this grant program. Eligibility amounts are based on student's FAFSA Expected Family Contribution(EFC). The FAFSA must be submitted on or before July 1, 2019 for the upcoming school year that starts in the fall. The following NICC programs are eligible for the 2019-2020 school year:

    • Administrative Office Associate
    • Administrative Office Management
    • Agriculture Business
    • Automotive Mechanics & Technology
    • Beef Science Technology
    • Carpentry & Construction Technology
    • CNC Machinist Technician
    • Computer Analyst-Business & Web Programming
    • Computer Analyst-Networking Administration and Tech Support
    • Computer Technology, Networking and Programming
    • Dental Assisting
    • Diesel Mechanics
    • Early Childhood
    • Electrician
    • Engineering Technology
    • Firefighting Specialist
    • Gas Utility Construction and Service
    • Graphic Design
    • Health Information Technology
    • Heating and Air Conditioning
    • Industrial Maintenance Technician
    • John Deere TECH
    • Large Animal Veterinary Technician
    • Paralegal
    • Medical Assistant
    • Nursing
    • Paramedic
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Respiratory Care
    • Welding

  • Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant
    Iowa residents enrolled in specified career or technical education programs may be eligible for this grant program. Eligibility amounts are based on student's FAFSA Expected Family Contribution(EFC). The FAFSA must be submitted on or before July 1 for the upcoming school year that starts in the fall. Students must be enrolled a career or technical program at NICC that includes Diploma and AAS degrees.

  • All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
    Up to full tuition. Priority given to students who were in the Iowa's foster care system, participated in federal TRiO programs, graduated from alternative high schools and to homeless youth. Complete the Iowa Financial Aid Application and FAFSA by March 1.

  • Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Grant
    Up to $5,000 awarded to qualified students who aged out of foster care or who were adopted after age 16. Review eligibility criteria. Complete the Iowa Financial Aid Application and FAFSA.

  • GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship
    Awarded to qualified full-time students who are part of GEAR UP Iowa cohort. 
  • Iowa State Fair Scholarship
    Ten awards not to exceed $5,000 per award. High school student must have actively participated in the Iowa State Fair. Eligible for first year of college only. Review eligibility criteria. Complete the Iowa Financial Aid Application and FAFSA by March 1.

  • Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Grant (NGEAP)
    Provides annual awards to Iowa National Guard members attending eligible Iowa colleges and universities. Review eligibility criteria. Complete the Iowa Financial Aid Application and FAFSA by July 1.

The Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship covers tuition for Iowans who earn an associates degree or diploma to work in one of Iowa's high-demand careers. This Future Ready scholarship is a state-funded program for Iowans who:

  • Are new high school graduates (2019) starting college full-time or adult learners (age 20 by July 1, 2019) starting college at least part-time
  • Have applied for all other available aid (complete the FAFSA on or before August 1, 2019)
  • Plan to earn a credential for a high-demand jobs

The following is a list of programs at NICC that qualify for this scholarship:

Because this list is based on job demand, it might change from year to year. Students whose programs are removed from the list will still be eligible for the Last-Dollar Scholarship until they complete their credentials or leave school, as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for the Last-Dollar Scholarship, new high school graduates must enroll in college full-time (12 credits per semester). Adult learners who have a high school diploma or equivalent may enroll in college part-time or full-time (minimum of 6 credits per semester). All students must apply for all other available state and federal grants and scholarships—this program, as the name implies, is intended to cover any remaining gap between federal and state grants/scholarships and tuition and mandatory fees. In addition, students must attend orientation, meet with an advisor, remain continuously enrolled and make satisfactory academic progress. Students can receive the Last-Dollar Scholarship for up to five full-time semesters or eight part-time semesters. Students will need to reapply for the scholarship each year. Refer to the Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship Ongoing Requirements for further eligibility criteria.

Students will receive notification that they are eligible for the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship through their NICC email account once the funds have been applied to their student account. Please conttinue to monitor NICC Self Service Student Finance and Financial Aid accounts. We are excited about this great new funding opportunity for Iowa students in these programs.

For more information regarding Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship eligibility, contact:

Sherry Massman, Enrollment Advisor
Calmar Campus
800.728.2256, ext. 304
massmans@nicc.edu

Amanda McDermott, Enrollment Advisor
Peosta Campus
800.728.7367, ext. 315
mcdermotta@nicc.edu

These scholarships are offered by outside organizations and are provided here as a resource only. Students are also encouraged to explore Fastweb.com, the largest and most complete scholarship search on the Internet, which provides access to a searchable database of more than 275,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and student loans.

Please note: NICC only posts local and regional scholarships. To inquire about having your organization listed, please email financialaid@nicc.edu with details regarding student eligibility.

Tips for Writing Thank You Notes

Once you get notified of receiving a scholarship, it is important to write a thank you note to the generous donor who funded your award.

  • Provide a handwritten thank you.
  • Be sure to address your letter to the appropriate scholarship.
  • Introduce yourself and state what this scholarship means to you.
  • Explain how the scholarship will help you pursue your educational goals. Examples include:
    • I want to thank you for making this scholarship possible. This will help me fulfill my educational dream.
    • This scholarship will help me worry less about scholarship payments and focus on my education.
    • By honoring me with this scholarship, you have taken some financial burden off my shoulders.
    • This financial assistance will help me focus on my goals without distractions regarding my financial status.
  • Your letter should be genuine and sincere.
  • Sign your name at the bottom.

Remember to sign your scholarship acceptance letter and enclose it with your thank you note in the envelope provided.