2018 Iowa Communications Alliance Scholarships

Traditional Scholarship

The Iowa Communications Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of one college scholarship to high school seniors, payable at $1,500 per year for up to four years (up to $6,000 total). Our mission is to assist students from rural areas across Iowa with financial assistance to pursue higher education and to stay in rural Iowa after graduation.

The deadline for this application is March 13, 2018, with the winner selected and notified by May 1, 2018.
Click here to view the 2018 Scholarship Guidelines

Member Scholarship

Along with our traditional scholarship, we are excited to announce the availability of one scholarship available to any high school senior who's parent or guardian is currently employed by an Iowa Communications Alliance Member Company! This is a new benefit to our members and their families that we cannot wait to share. This scholarship will be payable at $1,500 per year for up to four years (up to $6,000 total). Our mission is to assist students from rural areas across Iowa with financial assistance to pursue higher education and to stay in rural Iowa after graduation. Please note that all identifying information relating applicants shall remain anonymous from Scholarship Committee while in review.

The deadline for this application is March 13, 2018, with the winner selected and notified by May 1, 2018.
Click here to view the 2018 Scholarship Guidelines

Next Gen Scholars Program

The Iowa Communications Alliance Scholars program has been proposed in response to our member companies need for skilled technicians. The process begins with recruitment, followed by an application and selection procedure. After the candidates are selected, the Iowa Communications Alliance, sponsoring company, DMACC and student split the tuition of the DMACC Network Technology/ Telecom Data Communications Program and offers a “mentoring” program with the sponsoring company while completing coursework.  Successful completion of the DMACC program qualifies graduates for a position at the sponsoring company with a competitive salary and excellent advancement potential.

Benefits for the Students include:

  • Apply real-world skills and experience to classroom instruction
  • Receive support for education expenses
  • Be considered for full-time employment

Benefits for Sponsoring Company include:

  • Access to motivated students who possess a wide range of skills and potential to complete a rigorous academic and experiential curriculum.
  • Opportunity to observe students’ skills and work habits for a possible full-time job after graduation.
  • Improve the pipeline of skilled workers for employment

Next Steps for Companies:

  1. Talk to Guidance Counselors
  2. Publicize this program and recruit students in your community
  3. Contact our office if you initial interest or are interested in having us assist in finding a student in need of a sponsoring company.
Download the Application

Mail your application to:              

Iowa Communications Alliance Scholars Program
Attn: Karen Stiles
DMACC Admissions—Building 22
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Be sure to include all of the following documents:

  • High school transcripts or proof of GED completion
  • College or university transcripts if appropriate
  • ACT/SAT Scores or COMPASS Scores (See DMACC Application regarding this requirement.)

Obtain and mail to the address above one or two letters of recommendation from a non-family member. The letter should contain information about why you would be a good candidate for this academic program and a good employee.