WEST BRANCH, IOWA – Jan. 23, 2017 – The Hoover Presidential Foundation will award up to $30,000 in scholarships to Iowa students this year. This is the 20th year for the annual Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award, a scholarship program for Iowa high school juniors. The deadline for submitting an application is March 15, 2017.
As many as 15 students will be chosen for the program with each receiving a $1,000 stipend. In addition, three $5,000 scholarships are awarded for study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university anywhere in the country. The award program seeks to identify uncommon students during their junior year in high school. Applicants submit a proposal for a public service project they want to accomplish. Students are not evaluated on the basis of grades, test scores, essays, or financial need.
Students are selected each year on the basis of their stated project goal and detailed plans to reach that goal. Finalists spend a required expense-paid weekend in West Branch (just east of Iowa City) during the summer between their junior and senior year. During the weekend, they receive mentoring and assistance developing their projects to aid in their success.
Time is also spent behind the scenes at the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum to help students become more familiar with President Hoover’s ideals regarding humanitarianism and public service. In October of their senior year, finalists make presentations about their projects at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum. At that time, each student receives the $1,000 stipend and three are chosen to receive a $5,000 scholarship.
Herbert Hoover, Iowa native and the nation’s 31st president, is the inspiration for the award. He noted, “We believe in equal opportunity for all, but we know that this includes the opportunity to rise to leadership . . . to be uncommon.” The award, funded entirely by private donations, is sponsored by the Hoover Presidential Foundation, a nonprofit support group for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch. Information and applications may be found at www.HooverPresidentialFoundation.org under the Grants & Awards tab.
About the Foundation
The Hoover Presidential Foundation is a private nonprofit organization for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa. The Foundation fosters the collection, interpretation and preservation of historical resources relating to the life, ideas, values and times of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.