Iowa College Foundation
At the Iowa College Foundation we believe that all of Iowa's students, who have the passion to succeed, deserve the opportunity to attend the institution of higher education that best fits their needs. For many, that is one of Iowa's smaller private colleges or universities.

We are proud of what ICF's financial support has meant to Iowa's private higher education the past 60 years, and we are passionately working to ensure that its future impact is equally significant. ICF has raised nearly $70 million, every dollar of which has been dispersed to aid Iowa's private colleges and universities and the over 48,000 students they serve.

ICF and its Board of Governors are convinced that the students attending private colleges and universities in Iowa represent important intellectual capital for our state and its economic development. Our mission calls us to provide every student in Iowa the opportunity for a high-quality education regardless of economic circumstances, and we will remain vigilant in these efforts.


Thank you for the American Trust Rural Scholarship. Your generosity helps make it possible for me to receive a quality education at a private college. I am currently studying Business Administration at the University of Dubuque. This will be my second semester at the University after transferring from the University of Northern Iowa. Although I enjoyed my time in Cedar Falls, I prefer the smaller class sizes, stronger relationships with teachers and the greater sense of community that the University of Dubuque has to offer.

I am currently working two jobs. Because of your generosity, I feel my hard work is paying off. My parents have taught me a great sense of determination and have been great influences in my life. They have taught me the importance of hard work, loyalty and faith. My mom and dad work full time and try to help my two sisters and me as much as they can financially with college. I am extremely grateful for your generosity as it truly helps my family and me to cover my college expenses.

Please accept my gratitude for your generous commitment to Buena Vista University and your personal contribution to my education. During my campus visit to BVU I loved all the people I met and truly felt that it was the right place for me. I am very involved around campus and work hard to keep my grades up. The organizations I am involved with range from volunteer work, to academic enrichment, to helping younger students achieve their goals. Because of the ICF EMC Insurance Scholarship, I will be able to continue to participate fully in campus life and devote my spare time and energy to the causes and groups that I love.

I want thank you for your generous support through the Iowa Challenge Scholarship. Without the support of scholarships like this, I would not be able to attend Central College. I am majoring in Mathematics/Computer Science while getting my secondary education endorsement in mathematics. I really enjoy my computer classes, but I especially look forward to sharing my love of math with high school students in the future.

I am writing to express my thanks for your generous Lloyd Biological/Physical Sciences Scholarship. I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as a recipient. I am a Biology Health Professions major with a concentration in neuroscience and a minor in psychology. I am currently a senior at Northwestern College in Orange City. After graduation, I plan to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport to earn my Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to reaching my career goal of serving the community as a healthcare practitioner.

I am writing this letter to express my sincere gratitude for your generous donation to my education. Money seems to always be an issue with a college education, but with this award I now have less to worry about in terms of finances, which allows me to focus more on my education. Once again, thank you for this award – I can assure you that your generosity will not be wasted.

I am writing to thank you for the wonderful freedom this scholarship will provide; I am humbly elated at your appreciation and interest in me. I say freedom – and not opportunity – because opportunity is an understatement. This scholarship will truly provide the time I need to perfect my educational pursuits. I gratefully thank you for your dedication to my progress. It is an occasion when one does what he loves and gets recognized and supported financially for it. By making this scholarship available you have made today a very special occasion for me. Thank you so much, from the bottom – to the top – of my heart.

I am the student that no one thought would succeed. I am a single mother. I made it through high school graduation and now I am on the path to becoming a nurse. This scholarship will allow me to further my education, which in turn will allow me to help others as you have helped me. My parents are not a part of my life, so your generosity really has helped me to stand on my own two feet.

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