South O'Brien School District

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




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

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  • South O’Brien Education Foundation Scholarships Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
  • 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
  •  Waldorf College – ChantellCooley 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.
  • Midland University Student Assistant Softball Coach Scholarship    .   Deadline not designated
    • Roles may include – Video Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator, Community Service Coordinator, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, and Coaching.  See Mrs. Flynn.
  • Mount Mercy University – Catherine McAuley Scholarship
    • Deadline not designated
    • Free tuition to students whose family income is $50,000 or less annually.  Must fill out the FAFSA by 6/30/2020.
  • Koehler & Dramm’s Floral Career Scholarship     12-31-19
    • Senior student who has demonstrated a passion for flowers and design, a strong desire to expand their knowledge and has aspirations of a career in the floral industry.  Contact Cheryl Stanius-Deiman at 612-363-3133 or email. 

  • Iowa State University – Beta Sigma Psi Fraternity

    1-11-20 –eligible for all awards

    3-30-20 – eligible for two awards

    7-1-20 – eligible for one award

    • Darryl Jahn Scholarship.  Any man attending Iowa State University. 

  • ClaimAid     1-15-20
    • 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. 
  • TheDream.US
    • TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth with DACA or TPS status, or that meet TheDream.US immigration eligibility criteria

      Opportunity Scholarship     1-20-20

      National Scholarship     2-27-20

  • Grand Lodge of Iowa – Masonic Scholarship     2-1-20
  • Iowa State Rifle & Pistol Assn.     2-1-20
    • Qualifications:  US citizenship, participation in a shooting team or club, minimum of 3.0 GPA.               2 – $1,000 scholarships. 
  • Simpson College      2-1-20
    • Culver Fellows Program     
      • Student interested in being involved in encouraging civic engagement and public service.  Contact the Office of Admissions at
    • DACA/undocumented students Access Grant
      • Minimum 3.25 High school GPA, identified as undocumented or a DACA recipient.Must be admitted to Simpson College
  • Iowa State University:        2-1-20
    • First Robotics Future Cyclones Scholarship
    • Triangle Scholar-Leader Scholarship
      • Male enrolled In FIRST Robotics program intending to enroll in STEM/Architecture program. 
  • The Jackie Robinson Foundation       2-12-20
    • The Jackie Robinson Foundation offers promising minority students not only a generous four-year grant to assist with the costs of attending college, but also a full support network of fellow scholars, alumni, and professional mentors to help them excel in school and beyond. 
  • Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship    2-10-20
    • $1,000. Must be a high school senior working for Hy-Vee or the son/daughter of a Hy-Vee employee.  Must be seeking a 4-year degree.
  • Iowa Newspaper Foundation       2-14-20
    • Scholarships available for students preparing for a newspaper career. 
  • O’Brien and Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation     2-14-20
    • Pursuing programs of study in any field of agriculture or natural resources. 
  • Iowa Student Loan funding opportunities.
      1. Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship.       (Oct. 15 – Feb. 21)                                                                          For seniors who will attend college in the Fall of 2020.
      2. College Funding Forecaster Giveaway.     (Mar. 16 – Apr. 30)
  • MCEC Technical Scholarship – Grand Lodge of Iowa     3-1-20
  • United Methodist Foundation     3-1-20
    • General scholarships for students going to non-Methodist colleges, scholarships for students going to United Methodist colleges and seminary scholarships designated for individuals following the call to join the ministry. 
  • Iowa Automobile Dealers Association 3-2-20
    • Must be committed to the pursuit of automotive studies, such as technician training, body shop/collision repair, diesel, new vehicle sales, parts sales, accounting, or business administration. 
  • SMF Foundation      3-31-20
    • Scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin employers. 
  • University of Iowa – ACACIA     3-31-20
  • Cobell Scholarship Program     3-31-20
    • Scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students who are enrolled members of U.S. federally recognized tribes, pursuing vocational, undergraduate, and graduate degrees.
  • Brian Pearson Memorial     4-6-20
    • High school juniors or seniors who have participated in Iowa Games events.
  • PB & J Scholarship 5-31-20
    • For students who have experienced challenges in their life and who have the drive to succeed.  
  • Charles Burkhart Scholarship     6-19-20
    • 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.