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The Emroch & Kilduff, LLP $1,000 Scholarship Essay Contest

The Personal Injury Lawyers at Emroch & Kilduff, LLP realize that education is the foundation to a successful career, but may not be financially feasible for students and their families.  For this reason, Emroch & Kilduff, LLP is proud to announce an annual $1,000 Scholarship Essay Contest.

The 2018 Essay Topic

To participate in the contest, applicants should write a 600-word essay answering the following question:

Texting and driving/distracted driving are among some of the top causes of accidents on our roads. Review your state’s laws on texting and driving. Do you think laws need to be revamped? What invention or device would you invent in order to help lower the temptation to drive while distracted? 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a high school senior in the graduating class of 2019, planning to enroll in an accredited United States college or University during the 2019 academic year.

How to Apply

People who wish to participate should send their essay as an attachment in an email (pdfs/Google Drive submissions will not be accepted) to by December 31, 2018, 9 AM EST. In the body of the email, applicants should include the following information:

  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • If you are under 18, contact information for your parents
  • The name of the school you are attending or planning on attending
  • The best way to contact you

Once the application period has ended, our scholarship committee will review the essays and choose a winner by January 15, 2019. The winner will be chosen considering the following factors:

  • Originality
  • Responsiveness to the question asked
  • The quality of the writing
  • The substantive content of the response

Congratulations to our 2017 winner, Ryan Hooper!

Contact Emroch & Kilduff, LLP for More Information

Emroch & Kilduff, LLP focuses on representing the victims of personal injury, in both state and federal courts. To contact our law firm, please fill out and submit the contact form available here, or call our office today at 888-358-1568.


October 17, 2015

Below is a list of National, Regional, and Local scholarships organized by due date. Please click on the blue link and it will either take you directly to the scholarship website where you can learn more about the scholarship and apply or it will take you to a PDF/WordDoc where you can download a copy of the application to fill out and submit. The counselor will remind students to check the website for updated scholarship information, but please note it is the students responsibility to periodically check the scholarship page on the school website as it will continuously be update as scholarship announcements are received/found. It should also be noted these are not the only scholarships available. Student are encouraged to visit myCollegeOptions and to search more scholarship opportunities. The number of scholarships is endless, so I encourage students and parents to still do their own research on scholarship opportunities. 

***Local Scholarships will be highlighted below.


  1. Horatio Alger Iowa Scholarship. Seniors. October 25, 2015.
  2. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Seniors. Due October 31, 2015



  1. Prudential Spirit of Community Award. All grades 6-12. Due November 3, 2015.
  2. Jerry Woods Scholarship. Iowa Ready Mix sponsor. Student must be entering their first year at an Iowa community college or tech school building trades program, including concrete technology and practice. Due November 30, 2016. 



  1. Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition. Senior. Due December 4, 2015.
  2. AXA Achievement Scholarship. Seniors. Due December 15, 2015.
  3. Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship. Seniors. Opens October 15, 2015; Due December 15, 2015.
  4. NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award. Seniors that own their own business. Due December 18, 2015.
  5. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes. Seniors. Due December 17, 2015.
  6. Great Clip's Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology Scholarship. Senior entering cosmetology profession. Due December 31 OR June 30.
  7. E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship. Female athletes. See Mrs. Moeller if you would like to be nominated. Form Due Date: Thursday, December 31, 2015



  1. JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest. All grades 9-12. Due January 6, 2016.
  2. GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. Senior with minimum GPA of 3.0. Due January 7, 2016.
  3. Dell Scholars Program. Seniors. Opens November 1, 2015.
  4. Iowa School Counselor Association Scholarship. Senior. Essay on Who is a school counselor who made a difference during your K-12 years and how did they do this for you? Due January 11, 2016

  5. MENSA Education & Research Foundation Scholarship. Seniors. Due January 15, 2016.
  6. Byers Environmental Scholarship/"Keep Iowa Beautiful" Scholarship. Awards five (5), $1000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors entering Environmental Studies or Community Enhancement areas. Due January 8th.
  7. Ronald McDonald House Scholars. Senior. Due January 20, 2016.
  8. Elks National Foundation Legacy Award. Senior and child or grandchild of living Elks member. Have taken ACT/SAT by Dec. 31st. Due January 29, 2016.
  9. Recurring Annual Business and Finance Scholarship ($1000 award)
    Submission Deadline: January, 29th.
    Award Notification: March, 15th.

    Scholarship Application Link
  10. Healthcare Leaders Scholarship - Sponsored by
    Based in Bellevue, WA, is seeking applications for the Healthcare Leaders Scholarship. To be eligible for the $1000 award, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, be pursuing a degree related to healthcare, and submit a 600-1000 word essay. Scholarship is offered once a year and award is paid directly to the student. (January 29th)
  11. IHSADA Student Athlete Scholarship. Senior athlete. Must have played two sports in the last two years and received varsity letter in both. Due January 31, 2016. 
  12. Strayer/Rairden Scholarship in Physics. Must attend University of Iowa and declare major in physics or astronomy. Due January 31, 2016. 



  1. Franklin REC Basin Scholarship. $1000 scholarships, senior. Due February 1, 
  2. Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarships. $500-$3500 scholarships. Must be 4-H member. Due February 1, 
  3. Grand Lodge of Iowa Masonic Scholarship. Seniors pursuing an education in any state at a two or four your college. See Mrs. Moeller for application. Due February 1, 
  4. 2017 Warren A. Morrow Memorial Scholarship Four Scholarships available $1,500-500. Due Feb. 3rd

  5. Hy-vee Scholarship. Must be a Hy-vee employee. Due February 10, 
  6. Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarship. Seniors preparing for an Iowa newspaper career at in-state colleges or universities. Due February 12, 
  7. National Honor Society Scholarship. Senior. NHS member. Due February 16th, 
  8. Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship. $500. Major in agricultural or conservation-related field.  See Mrs. Moeller for application. Due 17th
  9. Iowa Engineering Society Scholarship. Senior interested in attending the College of Engineering at either U of I or ISU. Due February 19th,
  10. Society of Professional Journalist Essay Contest. Topic: "Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the governmnet?" Due February 24, 
  11. NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship. Senior athlete. Must have played two sports in the last two years and received at least one varsity letter. Due February 28, 


  1. Tall Corn FFA Alumni President Scholarship. See Mrs. Moeller for application.  Due March 1
  2. Iowa Grocery Industry Association IGIA. Sons or daughters of full-time employees of firms that are members of the IGIA. The parent must have been employed for at least two years as of January 1, 2016. or Employees (full-time or part-time) who are full-time students employed by firms that are members of the IGIA. Applicants must have worked a minimum of 300 hours during the 6-month period between July 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Due March 1, 
  3. Matthew Shepard Scholarship. 3.0 or higher GPA. ACT of 22 or better. Openly LGBTQ. Due March 1, 
  4. Murray Wise Associates Foundation Scholarship. Student pursuing degree in AG. Due March 1, 
  5. IT Leadership Forum Technology Scholarship. Two- $1000 Scholarships. Essay and two letters of recommendation. Due March 1, 
  6. ICAN Outstanding Student Scholarship. Attending a two- or four-year institution in Iowa. Essay Contest. Due March 1, 
  7. Innovative Ag Services (IAS). $750. Student who wishes to pursue a degree in agriculture industry. Due March 1st,  
  8. NCC Electrical Technology, Powerline, or Powerline Technology Scholarship. $500. Recipients may be first/second-year students at NCC in Industrial And Commercial Wiring, Powerline, or Powerline Technology. Due March 1, 
  9. Grand Lodge of Iowa MCEC Technical Scholarship. Seniors who plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an Iowa Community College. See Mrs. Moeller for application. Due March 1, 
  10. New Cooperative Inc. $2,000 scholarship. Students intending a career in agriculture while attending an Iowa college full-time. Applicant should be a member or a dependent of a New Cooperative employee. March 3th, 
  11. DMACC foundation scholarship. Must be attending DMACC. March 4th, 
  12. Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Scholarship opportunities. Multiple scholarship opportunities. Due March 9, 
  13. North Iowa Builders Exchange. $1,000 Annually, Career in Building and trades field. See Mrs. Moeller for application. Due March 9th
  14. Franklin Rec Commitment to Community Scholarship.$300. Students who show commitment to community by volunteering in organizations or events in the community, church, etc. Due March 14,
  15. Franklin General Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship. See Mrs. Moeller for application. Pursing a college degree in any health-related field. Due March 15.
  16. ACACIA Leadership Scholarship. Up to $1000. Male. Must be attending Iowa State University. See Mrs. Moeller to apply. Due March 18, 
  17. Robert Smiley Scholarship. Female athlete. Let Mrs. Moeller know if you would like to be nominated. Due March 21, 
  18. ACACIA Leadership Scholarship. Senior male. Must be attending the University of Iowa. Due March 30, 
  19.  Iowa Heartland Credit Union. The application must be submitted no later than March 31st
  20. Distinguished Young Women Scholarships. Female seniors. Due date unknown.


  1. Third District American Legion Auxiliary Merit Award. (Please see Mrs. Moeller for application). Any member of The American Legion or the American Legion Auxiliary, SAL or their son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter; or the surviving spouse or the son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter (also great) of a deceased veteran is eligible. Due April 1, 2016. 
  2. CAL Education Association Scholarship.Any CAL student graduating from the current school years senior class and planning to further their education is eligible to apply.  The student will be required to write a one page essay about their future educational plans and how CAL has prepared them to reach these goals.One male and one female graduate will each receive the awarded money after they turn in their first semester college grades. The grades must be passing in order for the student to receive the award.See Mrs. Moeller for application. Due April 1, 2016.
  3. First Citizen Bank. $250. Senior in good standing (good grades). See Mrs. Moeller for application. Due April 1, 2016. 
  4. Elevate Iowa. $500. Iowa high school seniors interested in studying a manufacturing-related career at one of Iowa’s 15 Community Colleges. Due April 1, 2016. 
  5. Flint Hills Resources Discovery Scholarship. $1500 scholarship. GPA of 3.5, Demonstrated academic success in math, science, technology and/or agriculture, Intent to pursue a career in math, science, agriculture or a related field, Proven leadership skills, Planned attendance at a college, university, technical college or trade school. Submit completed applications to Mrs. Moeller. Due April 1st 
  6. Hampton State Bank. $250. Good standing with grades and need will be taken into consideration. See Mrs. Moeller for application. Due April 1st.
  7. Toptal Scholarship. Female student 13 and up interested in pursing their technical career aspirations. (Ongoing-one scholarship given out each month).
  8. Numerous Scholarship Programs. Due throughout April.
  9. Mort's Water Company. $250. Good standing with grades. See Mrs. Moeller for an application. Due April 1st.
  10. AgVantage FS Scholarship. $1,000. Dependent of an AgVantage FS employee or customer, 2.5 GPA or higher, pursuing a career in agriculture or agribusiness related majors. Due April 1, 
  11. AgriLegacy Scholarship. $1,000. Students going into the field of agriculture. Due April 1, 2016. 
  12. Iowa Lakes Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Scholarship.  $500. Recipients must be enrolled in the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program; be either first-or second-year students at Iowa Lakes Community College; have a high school grade point average of 2.5; an Iowa resident; and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Due April 1, 2016. 
  13. DSA of NCI Scholarship. $1000. Individual pursuing education in a special needs field. Due April 1, 2016. 
  14. NIACC Money to Learn Scholarship. $500. Student must be attending NIACC in the Fall. Essay. April 9, 2016
  15. North Iowa Credit Union Chapter Scholarship. Due April 17th
  16. Latham Legacy of Leadership Scholarship. $1000, scholarship award will honor one student who has shown leadership through community volunteerism, principled character, and the ability to articulate the importance of civic or political involvement.  This scholarship is open to graduating students who reside in Franklin County and are themselves (or who have parents who are) registered to vote as Republicans. Due April 1st


  1. IABO (Iowa Association of Building Officials) Scholarship. $500. Students who are attending a 2 or 4 year program for Architectural Technologies, Construction, Engineering, and related fields (see website for list of approved schools/programs). Due May 1, 2016.
  2. The Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship. (MidWestOne Bank) See Mrs. Moeller of application. Requirements: Protestant faith, resident of Iowa, attending U of I full-time. Due May 2, 2016.  
  3. UnityPoint Health Scholar Athlete of the Year. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, participation in athletics and service to their school and community. Submit applications to High School Principal. Due May 13, 2016. 


  1. Aspiring Business Professionals. $1000. Seniors interested in pursuing a business career. Due June 1st, 2016. 
  2. Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program. $1000 Due June 12th
  3. ​Aspiring Nurses Scholarship. Senior interested in pursuing a nursing career. Due June 30, 2016