Scholarships & Award Programs

Within the past academic year more than $112,000 in scholarships and awards were provided to Iowa students, parents or guardians, and high schools.

Total Awards

Since January 1, 2012

ISL Education Lending awarded $457,500 to 290 Iowa high school students
ISL Education Lending awarded $314,750 to 391 Iowa parents and guardians
ISL Education Lending awarded $80,750 to 154 Iowa high schools

Two hundred sixty-five parents or guardians of Iowa students in sixth through 12th grades have received more than $300,000 worth of deposits into College Savings Iowa 529 accounts since the program began in 2014. To enter a random drawing for one of the $1,000 prizes, parents and guardians experience the Parent Handbook to learn tips for preparing for postsecondary education.


Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship

Since its inception in 2014, more than 30,000 Iowa high school seniors have registered for this scholarship program, which now awards $1,000 in college scholarships to each of 50 recipients.

Registered students experience Student Loan Game Plan and the Return on College Investment tool to learn how student loan debt and choice of major affect their financial future and to learn strategies to reduce debt and increase financial know-how. Scholarship recipients are randomly drawn from among registrants who complete all requirements.

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Every quarter, 40 participants are randomly selected to receive a $250 deposit to their selected student's college savings plan. Participants receive an entry into the drawing after viewing twice-monthly articles and answering two survey questions, giving them multiple entries and chances to win. In addition, there are one-time opportunities throughout the year for registered parents to win additional 529 deposits.


ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship

The ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship awards $1,000 college scholarships to 10 high school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin for the following fall. In 2022, more than 7,500 students registered for the random drawing.