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.



Guidance, 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



  • 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.
  • Wayne State College – Art & Design Scholarship     12-1-19
    • 10 images of your art or design work, completed application form, letter expressing interest, and 2 letters of recommendation. 
  • ISU Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarship     12-1-19     
    • Single application for all scholarships administered through the OSFA. 
    •  Select “Freshmen” in the Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships section. 
  • Iowa State University College of Engineering     12-2-19
    • Must apply to ISU.  Automatic Merit Scholarship and Application-based Scholarships.
  • Iowa State University – Christina Hixon Award     12-15-19
  • 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. 
  • 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 PGA Foundation – Charlie Burkart 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.