Scholarships

Since 2014, Gems of Hope has had the privilege of awarding $95,750 in scholarships to high school seniors pursuing higher education.

Gifts of Education scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors in the Corridor whose lives have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis in their immediate family.

Our generous community continues to support this worthy program. Recent donors include West Side Transport, GreatAmerica Leasing, Wells Fargo, McGrath Automotive Group, Lil' Drug, Diamond V, The Bloomhall Family, Giacolleto Foundation, and The Gems of Hope Youth Advisory Board. Because of these organizations and other donors and supporters a significant impact has been made to the "Gifts of Education" Scholarship Program.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021, at 4pm (CST)

Application Qualifications:

The applicant must be a 2021 graduating senior from any school district in the Gems of Hope service area (the Eastern Iowa Corridor)
The applicant must have been personally affected by cancer, by either of the following criteria:
The student has been previously diagnosed with cancer.
The student has an IMMEDIATE family member who has had cancer (this means sibling, mother, or father; consideration will also be given to extended family members who are considered the student’s legal guardians.)
The applicant demonstrates financial need.
The award recipients will be notified by phone before April 14, 2021, with the results posted on the website by April 19, 2021.
No phone inquiries will be accepted.

Award:

The committee plans to award six (6) $1500.00 scholarships in 2021.
The monetary award must be used for college tuition, books, or fees related to college expenses.
The check will be made payable and sent to the college the award winner is attending, not to the individual.

Scholarship Recipients

2021 Gems of hope Marilynn pohlman scholarship recipient

Clarissa Carolan, Vinton-Shellsburg High School



2021 Gems of Hope Scholarship recipients

Lindsey Barnes, Prairie High School
Jacob Kilburg, North Linn High School
Elizabeth Low, Linn Mar High School
Megan Pearson, Springville Secondary School
William Schipper, Prairie High School
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