Future Students

External Scholarships

(Not Affiliated with Mercy College)

Decatur County Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship


  1. Second year or further into a health-care educational program.
  2. Resident of Decatur County (disregarding location of school).

Deadline for submission of completed application: June 30
Recipient will be notified by July 30.

Must then provide information necessary for $1000 check to be made out to and mailed to appropriate educational institution for the following term.

Provide name, address, phone number, e-mail information; describe course of study; educational institution name, address and phone; indicate any existing or prior scholarships received; transcript w/GPA from first year course of study. Elaborate upon career goals and past and present community involvement.

Attach or have sent separately 3 letters of recommendation from the following:

  • Current professor/instructor
  • Community person
  • Non-related peer

Send completed application to:

Decatur County Hospital
Auxiliary Scholarship Chairman
1405 NW Church St
Leon, IA 50144

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 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

Des Moines Women's Club College Memorial Scholarship

For more information, please download this PDF or contact the Des Moines Women's Club at 515-244-0507 ext 211 or at 

Women's Opportunity Award Scholarship

Sponsored by the local area chapter in Des Moines of the Soroptimist Internationl organization, this scholarship is awarded to a woman seeking to improve her employment status by gaining educational skills.

The basic criteria for eligibility are:

  1. Female head of the household, with primary financial responsibility supporting their family (including children, a spouse and/or parents);
  2. Attending, or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program;
  3. Demonstration of financial need

Previous recipients are ineligible to apply.

Reference form

Applications and references must be received back by December 15, 2014 at the address listed on the application. All applications and references can be submitted on line to The recipient of our local award will advance to a regional review for further award considerations.

Call Cheryl Kluza at 515-225-3405 with any questions.

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. The 2013 application is due August 31st.
Scholarship info and download

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
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