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Foundation scholarship deadline is April 1

Click here to fill out the SCC Foundation Scholarship application!

Applications are due by April 1, 2014.



Southeastern Community College offers two special kinds of Board of Trustees scholarships.

The Board of Trustees Honors Scholarship is available to the VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN of the graduating class in any state accredited public or parochial high school in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. The scholarship shall be renewable for a second year of enrollment. The scholarship will pay for all tuition and required textbooks. Should the student have other scholarships which must be applied toward tuition and required textbooks, the Trustees Scholarship shall be reduced by that amount. Carl Sandburg trustee scholars' tuition will be paid at no more than SCC's non-resident rate.

Learn more about the Trustees Honor Scholarship.

The Board of Trustees' Diversity Scholarships cover all tuition and required textbooks every year. These awards shall be renewable for a second year of enrollment provided the recipient maintains appropriate eligibility criteria.

Contact the SCC Enrollment Office for information at (319) 208-5017. 



For Incoming and Current SCC Students!

The SCC Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually totaling more than $100,000 per year. Recipients are current, future and returning SCC students. Applicants need not be Einsteins or paupers, but MUST BE PLANNING TO ATTEND SCC and must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) no later than March 1.

Incoming or current SCC students can APPLY for many different SCC Foundation scholarships by completing a SINGLE, GENERIC APPLICATION FORM. Deadlines for applying are APRIL 1 for full-year awards and OCTOBER 1 for Spring term awards. At least one reference letter is required; some scholarships require more. Go to the application form for details.

Many other scholarships are available from services clubs and other organizations. Contact the SCC Financial Aid Office for more information. Ph. (319) 208-5015. 

For non-local scholarship and grant resources, go to



Focus: Career & Technical, Agriculture & Health Occs Programs

Southeastern Community College is pleased to offer the L. W. Matteson Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson of Moline, IL to assist students pursuing degrees leading to careers in career & technical programs or engineering. Mr. Matteson is owner/operator of a successful marine business in Burlington, Iowa; in 2010 he sold the dredging operation, establishing scholarships with a portion of the revenue.

The L. W. Matteson Endowed scholarship was established in 2012 and then expanded in 2013 for the purposes of students enrolled in Southeastern Community College entering into one of the College's Career & Technical programs, including Agriculture, Construction, Drafting, Electronics, Industrial Maintenance Technology (including Ind Maintenance Tech), Welding, as well as Pre-Engineering. In 2013, Mr. and Mrs. Matteson included Health Occupations programs to the list of eligible programs.

Twelve renewable scholarships were awarded for the first time for the 2012-2013 academic year, while 16 renewable scholarships will be awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Starting in the fall of 2014, 4 graduating SCC Matteson Scholars will be eligible for continuation scholarships at the four-year school of their choice. Graduating SCC students interested in being considered for continuing Matteson scholarships should contact the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend at (563) 326-2840.

Preference is given to graduating seniors from Fort Madison High School, although students of all ages, current SCC students and students from all high schools are eligible for consideration. Applicants and recipients must not have had a criminal record or have failed a drug test to be eligible for this scholarship.

The award may be used for tuition, fees and required books at Southeastern Community College. Approximately one-half of the award may be used in the first semester of registration and the other half in the second semester of registration, provided the student has demonstrated satisfactory progress during the first semester and not been arrested or failed a drug test. Preference is given to students earning GPAs of 2.0 to 3.5 with mid-range financial need. Through required scholarship application responses and reference letters, an eligible applicant must be able to demonstrate his/her motivation to succeed. L.W. Matteson scholarship recipients will be given preference for second year funding.

The annual deadline to apply for full year awards of up to $2,000 is 4:30 p.m. April 1. Applicants must use the SCC Foundation SINGLE, GENERIC APPLICATION FORM. (Late applicants can apply by October 1 for Spring Term Only; Spring Term Only scholarships are contingent upon available funding for Spring Term Only.) The online application is taken offline for at least 30 days following each deadline.

Also required within one week of the stated deadline are a minimum of one reference letter, FAFSA/SAR report, academic transcripts from most recent educational institution. These items and questions can be directed to:

Southeastern Community College Foundation

1500 W. Agency Road, P. O. Box 180

West Burlington, Iowa 52655

Ph. 319-752-2731, ext. 5065, or 1-866-722-4692, ext. 5065

FAX 1-319-208-5006




The SCC Alumni Association offers several scholarships to GRADUATING SCC students who are CONTINUING THEIR EDUCATION AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION AFTER RECEIVING AN AAS OR AA AT SCC. [Two $1,000 awards, one $500 award to the highest overall GPA, and 1 variable award to a student pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) career.] These are usually announced at graduation.

Graduating SCC students can APPLY for an SCC Alumni Association scholarship by clicking on the SCCAA Scholarship Application.

Like Foundation scholarship, FAFSA information and two reference letters are required.

For tips on writing scholarship application essays, click on

Questions? Contact the Office for Institutional Advancement, Becky Rump, Executive Director, at (319) 208.5065 or send an email to



Scholarship Application Deadlines

Deadlines for scholarship applications for SCCAA and SCC Foundation scholarships are April 1 for the following Fall semester and October 1 for the following Spring semester.

Leave yourself plenty of time to complete the online application and your FAFSA, which means you'll to need to have filed your current tax form. You will also need to provide two reference letters from folks like your teachers, employers, or co-workers, so give them at least two weeks to write the letters. 

Note: FAFSA information and reference letters can be mailed or hand delivered to the SCC Foundation Ooffice, 1500 W. Agency Road, Suite 116, West Burlington, IA 52655.


Need a helping hand?

Are you a current student in a bit of a financial pinch? The SCC Foundation has a limited number of one-time emergency revolving loans available for students who have completed at least the first semester mid-terms (i.e., have achieved a recorded GPA) and who risk dropping out of college because of an unexpected, short-term financial crisis.

The Yohe Emergency Retention Fund (for West Burlington Campus students) and the Chuck Peters Emergency Retention Fund (for Keokuk Campus, Fort Madison and Mount Pleasant Center students) are designed to assist students who have extreme financial need by providing a revolving loan (i.e., repayment without interest is expected at a later date) of up to $200 once during an academic year.

Documentation of need and attempts to secure other funding are required. No direct-to-student grants are provided. Assistance can be applied only to SCC tuition or books, or to another third party only if an invoice is presented (e.g., from a landlord, car repair business, babysitter, etc.).

Students who have never requested assistance will receive preference.

A written referral is required. Contact Dr. Teresa Garcia at or Melissa Derr at or Financial Aid Officer, Ean Freels at

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