Lower-income students enrolled at four colleges in northwest Iowa can now apply for special scholarships as part of a new program. Ron Ludwig is executive director for the service agency known as Upper Des Moines Opportunity, which is based in the town of Graettinger.
Ludwig says, “This scholarship is a program that is based upon the economic stimulus program that the federal government implemented last year.” The scholarship is for students attending Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon and Iowa Lakes Community College with campuses in Algona, Estherville, Emmetsburg, Spencer and Spirit Lake. Ludwig says students who attend any of the schools should look into the program, based on their income levels.
“We have funds available and we partner with the college and come up with guidelines,” he says, while the income parameters are based on the federal poverty levels. Those interested can learn more at: “www.udmo.com” or by calling 800-245-6451.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City