South O'Brien School District

Our mission is to prepare students to be responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

Coming together as ONE, we are South O'Brien.




Career, College, Financial Aid and ACT Resources

Some information and application forms are available online. Contact Mrs. Flynn for other forms.

Useful Links

I Have A Plan Iowa

Student Award Search

School Directories


Medical Programs is a site that provides information on careers in public health, and resources on major public health issues, such as a preventative care guide.

Financial Aid

Scholarship Searches


Scholarships From Insurance Companies

SchoolSoup is a large scholarship database.

  • SchoolSoup adds almost 5,000 new scholarships each week to the database.
  • SchoolSoup has information on thousands of colleges and universities.
  • SchoolSoup has information on hundreds of careers and offers a free career aptitude test to help students make good career choices.
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  • Buena Vista University STEM Careers Scholarship   Deadline not designated
    • EFC of $13,500 or less according to the FAFSA, then two of the following:  GPA of 3.3 or higher, ACT Math score of 24 or higher, or rank in the top 25% or your class.
  • Iowa Student Loan funding opportunities
  • ISU Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarship   12-1-17
    • Single application for all scholarships administered through the OSFA.  Select “Freshmen” in the Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships section.
  • Future of Assisted Living Scholarship    Assisted Living page.  12-31-17
    • Three $2,000 scholarships available to students enrolled at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university.  Each eligible student must submit a 500-750 word essay response to the question:  How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town?
  • Iowa State University – Hixon Award   1-1-18
    • ½ tuition.  Demonstrate potential in ways that go beyond class rank and test scores.  Based on financial need.
  • United States JCI Senate Scholarship   1-1-18
    • $1,000 grant to eligible students who plan to continue their education.
  • Waldorf College – Chantell Cooley Leadership Scholarship for Women   Deadline not designated
    • Based on leadership potential, GPA and ACT and membership in one of the following campus organizations:  Entrepreneurship, Service Learning, Digital Media, STEM, Campus Ministry, Creative Writing, Honors, Historia.
  • GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund   1-11-18
    • Scholarship opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander students with financial need to increase their access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal, and professional success.
  • Claim Aid   1-15-18
    • 2 scholarships: ($2,000)
      1.  The Star Student Scholarship of Iowa – Special Education student who will continue his/her education at a college or university.
      2. The Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa – graduating senior student who will continue his/her education at a college or university and is planning to study Education, specifically Special Education.
  • University of Northern Iowa   1-15-18
    • Physics department – various scholarships.  “UNI Scholarship Application.”
  • University of Iowa – Strayer-Rairden Scholarship in Physics  1-31-18
    •  Applied for admission to the University of Iowa and declared physics or astronomy as their major.  $1,000 each year, renewable. 
  •  Grand Lodge of Iowa – Masonic Scholarship
  • Monsanto Ag Leaders Scholarship  2-1-18
  • Iowa Newspaper Foundation  2-9-18
    • Scholarships available for students preparing for a newspaper career.
  • Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship   2-10-18
    • $1,000. Must be a high school senior working for Hy-Vee or the son/daughter of a Hy-Vee employee.
  • Northwest Iowa Pet Breeders Scholarship  2-15-18
    • Two scholarships.  Essay required.
  • Conservation Districts of Iowa   2-16-18
    • Program of study in any field of conservation or agriculture.  Based on involvement, leadership, character, career, scholastic achievement, and an essay.
  • Waldorf College – Communications Scholarship   2-16-18
    • Submit in the areas of film, graphic design, news writing, photo journalism, and public relations special events planning.
  • Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship   2-28-18
    • Must write an article of 600 – 1000 words on the topic “Why is it important to stop cyberbullying?”
  • MCEC Technical Scholarship – Grand Lodge of Iowa   3-1-18
    • Plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College.
  • Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award (Juniors)     3-15-18
    • $6,000 – Identifies and honors Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish a project of their own choosing and design reflecting Mr. Hoover’s talents in areas such as business, technology, conservation, engineering and community service.
  • University of Iowa – Pearl Hull Scholarship   5-1-18
    • $800 – Must be of the Protestant faith, a resident of the State of Iowa, and a full-time student at the University of Iowa
  • Iowa PGA Foundation – Charlie Burkart Scholarship  6-15-18
    • Based on interest and activity in golf, the potential for future contributions to the game, leadership skills/community involvement, academic/professional ability and financial need.