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

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: 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 28, 2019 (First day of fall 2019 semester)

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

Eligibility:  Available to 2019 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 2019.  The Collegiate Scholarship will be released in four installments, $500 each, in the fall and spring semesters of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 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.

Bright Scholars of Iowa Award Apply

Deadline: August 2019

Award: Cost of attendance less all other aid including Pell Grants, institutional grants and scholarships, and private scholarships.  The cost of attendance is equal to tuition and fees, room and board, and books.

Eligibility: The Bright Scholars of Iowa award is available to Iowa high school seniors who are strong academically but may lack the financial means to enable them to earn a college degree.

Application Criteria:

  • Current senior attending an Iowa high school
  • Outstanding academic achievement (top 10 percent or equivalent of high school graduating class or ACT of 28 or above)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and community service, as well as success in the face of adversity
  • The student must be Pell grant eligible as determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Students with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or below may also be considered.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment

Learn more about the Bright Foundation!