SWCC is a better decision financially!  But in addition to the affordable tuition, Southwestern Community College strives to create more scholarship opportunities for students each year. 

The scholarships listed below are available for students who are currently enrolled at or who will be attending SWCC in the future.  The forms are formatted so you may fill them out online and submit.

 If you have questions regarding the scholarship applications or deadlines, please contact Cait Maitlen, SWCC Education Foundation executive director, at 800.247.4023, ext. 453, or 641.782.1453.

Education Foundation Scholarships Apply

Due to the generosity of past, present, and future Education Foundation donors, all current and future SWCC students can complete one scholarship application for 100+ scholarships that can be applied to the students account while attending Southwestern. We are extremely grateful that these scholarships are in place to assist SWCC students in furthering their college education.

Deadline: March 15 for fall semester; December 1 for spring semester

Awards: Vary based on student eligibility

Eligibility: Numerous scholarships within one online application. Every SWCC student is eligible for consideration after completion of the online application!

Trustee Award Apply

Deadline: August 19, 2020 (First day of fall semester classes)

Award: The amount of the award is dependent on the student’s total tuition and fees and SWCC Education Foundation scholarships awarded for the academic year. NOTE: Online classes are not covered by this award.

Eligibility: Students must be valedictorians/salutatorians of their high school graduating classes in the respective academic year. Students must enroll full-time and maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average each semester to remain eligible for the scholarship.

Collegiate Scholarship Apply

Deadline:  August 19, 2020 (First day of fall 2020 semester)

Award: $500 each semester for four consecutive semesters (fall and spring)

Eligibility:  Available to 2020 high school graduates who rank in the top 15 percent of their class or have achieved composite ACT score of 25 or above or SAT score of 1150 or above. The student must enroll full-time (minimum of 12 credits) in August 2020.  The Collegiate Scholarship will be released in four installments, $500 each, in the fall and spring semesters of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. NOTE:  If student's ACT score is 30 or higher, the total amount of scholarship goes up to $4,000 for two years (divided out as $1,000 per semester).  Minimum GPA requirements stay the same.

In order to receive installments, the student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.  Not valid in conjunction with Southwestern’s Trustee Award Scholarship.  Students in the tuition remission program do not qualify for this scholarship. 

Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship Info

Deadline: FAFSA completion before July 1. Be sure to enter Southwestern's school code: 001857.

Award: This program is designed to cover remaining gaps between federal and state grants or scholarships and tuition and qualified fees.

Eligibility: There are two groups that qualify for Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship:

Group 1: New high school graduates

  • Must enroll in a qualified program of study at a full-time status for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation
  • Apply for all other available state and federal grants and scholarships
  • Meet continuing requirements

Group 2: Adult learners

  • Age 20 or older (before July 1 of current year)
  • Must enroll in a qualified program of study at a full-time or part-time status
  • Apply for all other available state and federal grants and scholarships
  • Meet continuing requirements

Other eligibility requirements including filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), meet with a Southwestern academic advisor or admissions representative to register for courses and attend an orientation.

For additional information visit the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship page.