External Scholarships

(Not Affiliated with Mercy College)

IHERF scholarship

Iowa Hospital Association Scholarship

The Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), an IHA subsidiary, offers scholarships of up to $6,000 ($3,000 per year for a max of two years) to qualified candidates. Award recipients must be willing to work in an Iowa hospital for each year of scholarship awarded. Visit the Iowa Hospital Scholarship site to confirm eligibility and apply. Direct all questions to Cindy Schultz, Director, Finance and Human Resources at IHERF.

Iowa Heart Foundation

The Iowa Heart Foundation Board of Directors approves nursing scholarships to qualified nursing students attending local colleges and universities. Download an application here or from the Iowa Heart Foundation's website.

For Iowa Heart Foundation scholarship questions, please contact Cindy Conroy, Iowa Heart Foundation, at (515) 633-3555 or visit

Latinos Unidos 2014-15 Scholarship

Latinos Unidos of Iowa, Inc. is proud to grant college scholarships for Latino/Latina students who will attend Iowa institutions. Click here for the application.

Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship

The Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship, sponsored by B4 Brands, is awarded each year to five, non-traditional, fulltime students pursuing undergraduate degrees in nursing. All scholarship winners receive a non-renewable scholarship of $1,000 payable directly to the institution in which they are enrolled.
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Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund

Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund Disability Awareness Scholarship, is a $500 scholarship awarded to a student who suffers from a mobility disability. Please see link for more information. If you have questions, please contact Maurizio Barbieri at
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Des Moines Women's Club

We’re counting on you to let your talented students know about our scholarships!

The Des Moines Women’s Club will award scholarships in the following categories:

  • Lois E. Dell Memorial Scholarship - Any Academic Field - $1000
  • Olive C. Riddell Memorial Scholarship - Any Academic Field - $1000
  • Rose Lorenz Schwartz Memorial Scholarships - Performing Arts - $1500
  • Helen McEwan Memorial Scholarship - Elementary Education - $1500
  • Liselotte Gurau Memorial Scholarship - Health Sciences - $1000

Applications and instructions for the scholarships may be downloaded from our website: (click on Scholarship). Contact our executive assistant at (515) 244-0507, ext. 211, or email with any questions.

Applicants must be legal residents of, or full-time, registered students in Polk, Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story, or Warren Counties.

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Dallas County Hospital Foundation

Scholarships of $500 to $1,000 are awarded to college level students entering their final year of curriculum in a health related field. Students must reside in, or attend a school in Dallas County.
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A Place for Mom Senior Care Innovation Scholarship

Five $1000 scholarships available to students enrolled in an associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate level program at an accredited school in the fields of gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology or long-term care administration. Deadline April 15, 2015.  Essay topic and details found at

Nurse Journal Global Health Nursing Scholarship

Merit-based annual award valued at $3,000 open to all students in Nursing, Public Health and Medicine. Scholarship info

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Free Scholarship Searches

The sites below allow you to perform a general scholarship search. You will be able to indicate certain academic and demographic characteristics about yourself to assist in providing a list of outside scholarships for which you may apply. Don't hesitate to inquire with organizations that you or members of your family already are associated with to see if they offer scholarships, such as fraternal organizations, local companies in your community, local banks and credit unions, or community foundations.

RN to BSN Scholarships
Iowa Department of Public Health
Free Scholarship Search Engine
Tuition Funding Sources
Financial Aid Information
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
Scholarship America
Iowa College Access Network
CampusRN & Allied Health Scholarship
Scholarship Experts

Resources for Students of Color

Black Excel
Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships

Additional Financial Aid Information

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid
Mapping Your Future