Local Scholarships

The Storm Lake community offers several local scholarships for graduating seniors of St. Mary's.

Buena Vista County Farm Bureau Seeking 2023 Scholarship Applications
The Buena Vista County Farm Bureau scholarship program is accepting applications for the 2023 school year. Five graduating seniors will be chosen to receive the $1,000, $750 and three $500 awards with one applicant selected for consideration for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) $2,500 state scholarship, renewable for four years (up to $10,000).

Eligibility is reserved for current Iowa Farm Bureau members or their children in good standing with the organization. To be considered, the graduating high school student must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, be involved in extra-curricular activities and accepted into an accredited higher education institution, including community colleges and technical schools.

To apply, students must demonstrate their leadership and community involvement and submit a typewritten essay detailing how they would use a scholarship award to support Iowa Farm Bureau’s mission of creating a vibrant future for agriculture, farm families and their communities.

The application deadline is Friday, February 3, 2023.

Applications will only be accepted online through the Iowa Farm Bureau portal.

To learn more about county scholarship programs, call Jan at Buena Vista County Farm Bureau office 712-732-4004 or email [email protected].

PLEASE NOTE: The Farm Bureau scholarship application is different this year as they are requiring applicants to go through their portal and applications are being submitted to IFBF Des Moines and then IFBF will send the completed applications back to the applicable county Farm Bureau office. In the past years, applications were submitted to the local county Farm Bureau office. Some of the students/families might question that change.

Applications are now available for the Nelda Nelson Memorial Scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship is open to any high school senior residing in Buena Vista County planning on attending a community college, technical school, college or university. Interested students may send an email to [email protected] to request an application which will be attached to a return email or contact your high school counselor. The application deadline is February 3, 2023.

The Nelda Nelson Memorial Scholarship was established by Buena Vista County Farm Bureau in memory of Nelda, who was an Office Administrator at the Buena Vista County Farm Bureau for 44 years. Nelda was a kind and generous person who was a strong supporter of students and education.

This scholarship is for graduating seniors within a 40 mile radius of BVRMC pursuing a health related field of educational study (nursing, radiology, physical therapy, paramedic, and other careers in the medical field). The scholarship is not needs based and will be awarded in the amount of $1000 upon completion of the first 2023 academic semester. Please see Mrs. Friedrichsen for exact guidelines and copy of application. Applicants will need to submit an application and letter of reference to BVRMC by March 31st. Applicants will be reviewed and notified recipients in April.

Buena Vista County Pork Producers
The Buena Vista County Pork Producers are offering scholarships again this year to Buena Vista County graduates. The scholarship is due January 20th and students who apply must be able to attend the Pork Producer Banquet on February 10th at 6:30pm (this is when the scholarships will be announced).

Scholarship Application

Schramm Scholarship
$3000 Scholarship Opportunity - Applications are in Mrs. Friedrichsen's Office. 
Students; are to write a short autobiography (1,000 words or less), including information about their family, work experience, and community involvement. 
1. Active Member of the Catholic Church
2. Student to have a 3.0 or above GPA
3.) Student planning to attend a community college, technical school, college/university, or seminary. 

The autobiography is to be attached to the application and mailed to: 
R. Schramm
PO Box 27 
Early, IA 50535 
Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2023

Sac County Soil and Water Conservation District
Scholarship opportunity; for seniors pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture. While this is a wide field and many studies qualify, preference will be given to students pursuing programs of study in conservation. 
First place will be awarded $1,000, and second place will be awarded $500. 
First place; will be sent onto the CDI regional competition with a chance of winning at the state level for an additional scholarship. Scholarship must be used for the student's first year of a college education. 
https://cdiowa.org/get-involved/scholarships/ and click on 2023 Scholarship Applications under downloads. 
All applications must be submitted to an SWCD by February 10, 2023. 
Please submit your applications to the district in which you live.
Criteria consideration points will be 30 for Scholastic achievement; 20 for involvement, leadership, and character; 20 for a career; and 30 for conservation message. 

Pomegranate Masonic Lodge No. 408

Due: March 6, 2023

The Pomegranate Lodge Scholarship will award a $250.00 scholarship to either a St. Mary's or Storm Lake Public student. Applications include a summary of school activities, community involvement, three references other than family or teachers (addresses and phone numbers needed), and the reason for completing the application. Please see Mrs. Friedrichsen for an application.

Harold Salton Scholarships

Due March 6, 2023

There are two; $500.00 Harold Salton Scholarships that will be awarded to students from area schools with a Masonic connection. If none apply, the award, will be given to other students; that apply. The student applying; should give a summary of community involvement, an explanation of a masonic connection to direct lineage (if there is one), provide three references other than family or teachers (addresses and phone numbers needed), and a reason for completing the application. Please see Mrs. Friedrichsen for an application.

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