How to Apply for Scholarships

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How to Apply for Scholarships

One Application, Four Easy Steps

At Kirkwood, we make applying for scholarships easy!

Just follow the four simple steps below to be considered for your part of the more than $3 million we award to students each year.

Start Your Scholarship Application

Scholarships Step-By-Step

You'll need to complete a Kirkwood application for admission. To be considered for scholarships, you must have a current application on file to attend Kirkwood. 

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Keep in Mind:

  • You may qualify for more than one scholarship. However, you should only fill out one application.
  • Your information will be carefully matched with all scholarships for which you may qualify, so there is no need to submit multiple applications.
  • Be sure to include all information that demonstrates how you match the criteria for the scholarship(s) of interest.  Provide a summary (a maximum of 600 words) including a goals statement and any special circumstances you have overcome or still face. Include a brief personal outline of your background. In addition, you should include recent honors or awards received (academic, professional, athletic, civic, etc.), and involvement in community groups/organizations.
  • Be sure that you review additional requirements (e.g., letters of recommendation or transcripts) and include why you believe you deserve a scholarship.

Start Your Application

Currently in high school or graduated from high school in the last five years? Provide a copy of your official high school transcript. If you graduated more than five years ago, no transcript is required.

Completed a GED or received a high school diploma through an alternative program? Submit proof of completion along with your scholarship application.

If you're transferring to Kirkwood from another school, or if you've attended college at all in the past, contact your former school's registrar's office and ask them to send your official college transcript. 

Send Transcripts To

Kirkwood Community College
Enrollment Services
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Note: No transcript is required if you have already attended Kirkwood for six credit hours or more.

*Transcripts are not required to apply for Kirkwood scholarships, but are encouraged.

Visit the FAFSA website to complete your application.

Kirkwood’s school code is 004076.

You'll want to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. To be considered for first-round, need-based scholarships at Kirkwood, it must be received by March 15.

Several scholarships are based on financial need. The scholarship selection committee will take into consideration a student's financial need as documented by the FAFSA.

Any scholarships that are based on financial need will have a listed criterion of: Must demonstrate financial need.

*FAFSA completion is not required to apply for Kirkwood scholarships, but is enouraged.

International Students

If you're an international student, check in with the Global Learning office to learn about your scholarship opportunities.

Tuition & Scholarships for International Students

Mckenzie Feld

“I chose to attend Kirkwood because of its affordability, the scholarship opportunities, and the friendly environment of people who work with the students each day.”

Mckenzie Feld,
Robins, Iowa


Kirkwood Foundation