The Education Foundation scholarship application deadline is March 15, 2022, at 5 p.m. CDT. Scholarships awarded must be utilized at Southwestern Community College during the 2021-22 academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on many criteria. The information provided allows college officials to evaluate the student's fit for appropriate scholarships. 

Applications will not be considered complete until the following required elements are submitted:

  • Submission of online scholarship application (links below)
  • Creative writing essay-The writing assignment is as follows: In 300 words or less - - What are you looking to get out of your Southwestern experience?
  • ONE recent signed letter of reference from ONE of the following: high school faculty or staff member, college faculty or staff member, community or business leader, or employer. All letters of reference must be on company or school letterhead and dated within the last six months. Any submitted items not meeting the criteria will not be accepted making the application incomplete.

To help expedite the scholarship application process, students must upload a scanned or photographed version of the letter of reference (PDF or JPG). The scholarship application will not be complete until all items have been submitted. No incomplete or late applications will be accepted.

Scholarship application scoring will include grammar, academics, community involvement, educational goals, and the essay.

To complete this scholarship application, the student must first create an account. An activation email will be sent to the email used in the sign-up process.  Students will be able to save progress and return to the application later if necessary. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT use the browser's back button while completing this form. Only use the previous page and next page buttons at the bottom of the page. Questions concerning this application or the status of a submitted application may be directed to Cait Maitlen, SWCC Education Foundation executive director, at 641.782.1453 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The March deadline for the Fall 2022 scholarships has passed. The application is currently closed. Check back soon to apply for the 2023 Spring scholarship deadline.

Southwestern's Education Foundation scholarships are awarded through financial aid. Please understand financial aid eligibility is subject to adjustment or cancellation in the event changes occur in laws, regulations, or appropriations during the period of the award. The college will adjust award amounts to avoid over-awarding based on federal, state, NJCAA, or other regulations that apply to each student’s situation. Students are responsible for any difference in their student account balances.

It is the policy of Southwestern Community College not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact: Equity/Title IX Coordinator, Southwestern Community College (Administration Center), 1501 W. Townline St., Creston, IA 50801; phone, 641.782.1456; or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204; phone, .312.730.1560; fax, 312.730.1576; TDD, 800.877.8339; or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..