Women's Scholarships

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ABWA Outright Grant

Des Moines Women's Club

DRI Diversity Scholarship

Executive Women International Scholarship

Women's Opportunity Award / Soroptimist International Organization


American Business Women’s Association Outright Grant

Award: $1,500

Deadline: February (annually)

Eligibility: (1) United States citizens and Iowa residents residing
in Polk, Dallas, or Warren counties; (2) at least a Sophomore in college, completing
a minimum of 60 credit hours by December 31, 2012; (3) attending an accredited
Iowa university authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees or higher; and (4)
achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0


  • For consideration email your , name, GPA,
    permanent address, name of Iowa university that you are attending, and an
    alternate email address to marthaowen@mchsi.com

  • A short time later you will receive a log on and
    password to log on and complete the application process.

  • The deadline for submission of application and
    all attachments is February 28, 2013.

  • The winner will be notified by March of 2013.

  • A check will be issued by national, jointly to
    the educational institution and the recipient. Funds are limited to tuition, books,
    and fees.

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Des Moines Women’s Club
Deadline: January (annually)

Eligibility: For 5 different scholarships

1. Lois Dell Memorial Scholarship- full-time female student

2. Liselotte Gurau Memorial Scholarship- full-time female student pursuing degree in health related field

3. Helen McEwan Memorial Scholarship- full-time female student pursuing degree in elementary education

4. Olive C. Riddell Memorial Scholarship- female student in any academic field

5. Rose Lorenz Schwartz Memorial Scholarship- male or female student pursuing a degree in music or dance or studying music or dance as a component of a Performing Arts major.

Applicants may only apply for one of the five memorial scholarships, must be a full-time student beyond high school level and currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or technical school. Must be a legal resident of Polk County, or bordering counties: Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story, Warren.

Apply: Applications can be downloaded off the following website: http://www.desmoineswomensclub.org or visit the Office of Student Financial Planning in Carnegie Hall for more information.

Contact: Phone: (515) 244-0507, Email: betts@hoytsherman.org

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DRI Diversity Scholarship
Deadline:  August (Annually)
Award: $10,000 (2 available)

Eligibility: Applicant must be a minority or woman.

Apply: Applications can be done online at: http://www.dri.org/

Contact: Katrina H. Holland, (312) 698-6207, kholland@dri.org

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Executive Women International Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2012
Award:  Scholarship Grants totaling $5,000

Eligibility: The criteria to be used to pre-screen the candidates will include financial need, head of household with small children, and/or at-risk adult.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Utilize personal assessment and/or re-entry programs available through colleges, community agencies, service groups, or career professionals
  • Clearly define career goals and objectives
  • Specify the education requirements to attain the above goals and objectives
  • Provide recent tax return
  • Applicant must be residing in the boundaries of and EWI Chapter. For the Des Moines Chapter they are Polk, Dallas, Story, and Warren County.

Apply: Applications can be picked up in the Office of Student Financial Planning located in Carnegie Hall or go to www.executivewomen.org

Contact: Kim Thomas, Sr. Executive Assistant to the Publisher, Des Moines Register Media Gannett Midwest- U.S. Community Publishing 715 Locust St. Des Moines, IA 50309 Ph (515)284-8042 Fax (515)284-8222 email:kthomas@dmreg.com

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Women’s Opportunity Award / Soroptimist International Organization
Deadline: December (annually)
Award: up to $10,000


  • Student must be female and head of the household, with primary financial responsibility supporting their family (including children, a spouse, and parents)
  •  Must be currently attending or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need.

Contact Information:  
Soroptimist International of Des Moines
4400 E.P. True Parkway Unit #12
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 225-3405


Additional Information: For more information please see this scholarship folder in the Office of Student Financial Planning located in Carnegie Hall or email ckluza@q.com to request an online application.

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University News
January 23, 2015
The Drake University Community Press and Chicago-based literary journal 3elements Review will sponsor an open-invitation “Story Slam” contest February 5 at Mars Cafe.