What Is Des Moines Dollars for Scholars?

Des Moines Dollars for Scholars® is a locally operated and supported, nonprofit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation. Operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, the purpose of Dollars for Scholars is to expand access to educational opportunities by involving and assisting our community in the support of students and in the encouragement of educational achievement.   Des Moines Dollars for Scholars  is a Dollars for Scholars chapter affiliate of Scholarship America®, a nationally recognized nonprofit student aid service organization.

Since our chapter formed in 2001, Des Moines Dollars for Scholars  has awarded more than 140 scholarships to local students.  Our parent organization, Scholarship America, has awarded scholarships to more than 2 million students since it was founded 50 years ago!

Who May Apply for a Scholarship?

Des Moines Dollars for Scholars  believes any sincere and determined person should have the opportunity to continue his or her education after graduation. Scholarships can be for two- year, four-year, or vocational and technical colleges. Students graduating from high school (or who have earned their GED) and adults continuing their education who attend school in Des Moines, Washington, or who live in the cities of Des Moines or Normandy Park, Washington, may be eligible.

Applications for 2016 Scholarships

The applications process for 2016 scholarships opens on January 11, 2016.



Des Moines Dollars for Scholars Celebrates 2014 Winners

Wednesday evening, May 7 the Des Moines Dollars for Scholars held their reception for their 2014 scholarship winners at the Des Moines Activity Center.

This annual event celebrates local students who have gone through a selection process and been chosen to receive scholarships from local donors.

Des Moines Dollars for Scholars is a non-profit organization affiliated nationally with Scholarship America. They work to help hometown students get connected with organizations, endowments and businesses in the community that provide scholarship funds.

  • Des Moines Yacht Club Ken Higgins Memorial Scholarship - Isabella Eliason
  • Des Moines Yacht Club First Mates Scholarship - Kristina Stevanovic
  • Clark Snure Memorial Rotary Scholarship - Gina Workman
  • Des Moines Rotary Scholarship - Andrew Gregory
  • Recology/CleanScapes Scholarship - Andrew Baklund
  • BJ and Anna Bjorneby Scholarship - Jenna Shamseldin
  • Ronald Millheisler Scholarship - Emelia Johnson
  • Steven J. Underwood Memorial Scholarship - Taylor Adams
  • Southwest Seattle Business & Professional Women Scholarship - Hannah Fuchigami
  • Geraldine Sorensen Scholarship - Jennie Le
  • Des Moines Dollars for Scholars - Tien Tran


Des Moines Dollars for Scholars
Des Moines, Washington  98198