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Planning to attend a college or university? Preparing for your next move can be a lot of work, but Metro’s counselor is here to help.

Choosing a college

There are many institutions of higher learning, career/technical/trade schools, etc., but these are the schools most of our students tend to research. If you are interested in researching other opportunities that are not represented on this page, please utilize the college search option provided below, or speak with your counselor.

There are a lot of other opportunities beyond high school to help students either pay for training/college, or to help students gain skills to become more employable. Here are some you may want to consider taking advantage of:

Iowa College Aid

  • This website is a great resource to help students who are planning on attending college. It helps with the steps from exploration to applying to financing to attending

Iowa College Aid’s List of Iowa Colleges and Universities

  • This links you to a list of Iowa’s colleges and universities, as well as links to their websites

BIG FUTURE College Search

  • This website allows you to search for different colleges or universities based on multiple criterion, such as: location, major, type of degree, size, price, how selective, etc.

Kirkwood Community College

  • Click on new student application to apply for Kirkwood

Hawkeye Community College

  • Hawkeye is a two-year community college that offers a variety of options, from certifications/diplomas, to degrees and transfer degrees

DMACC

  • Des Moines Area Community College is a two-year community college that offers a wide variety of programs. Some are similar to Kirkwood, but others are not offered at Kirkwood

Capri College

  • Capri offers programs in cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology, and massage therapy. There is also a partnership program with a community college where students can earn their entrepreneurial cosmetology diploma

LaJames College

  • Offers programs in cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology, and massage therapy

Carlson College of Massage Therapy

  • This is a six month college for students who would like to train to become massage therapists

Coe College

  • Coe College is a four-year private college

Mount Mercy University

  • Mount Mercy is a four-year university. Check out the opportunity to have your entire tuition covered through the Catherine McAuley Scholarship.

Cornell College

  • Cornell College is a four-year private college that is known for students taking one class at a time for a concentrated amount of time

University of Iowa

  • University of Iowa is a four-year public university in Iowa City. Pay close attention to admissions requirements if you are interested in attending as a freshman or a two-year transfer student. They have a two-plus-two program agreement with Kirkwood

University of Northern Iowa

  • UNI is a four-year public university in Cedar Falls. Pay close attention to admissions requirements if you are interested in attending as a freshman or a two-year transfer student. They have transfer agreements with Kirkwood and Hawkeye Community College

Iowa State University

  • ISU is a four-year public university in Ames. Pay close attention to admissions requirements if you are interested in attending as a freshman or a two-year transfer student. They have transfer agreements with Kirkwood and DMACC in Des Moines

Metro-specific scholarships

Realtor Scholarship

  • Multiple $500 scholarships for Metro students. Applications are due to Tara by March 11, so there is enough time to get them to the Realtors’ Association.

Don Stout Memorial Scholarship

  • One $1,000 scholarship for a Metro student interested in pursuing their degree at Kirkwood Community College. Applications are due to Tara by March 13.

Reeder Scholarship

  • One renewable, $1,000 scholarship for a Metro student interested in pursuing their two- or four-year degree. They must demonstrate financial need, strong ethics, and high moral character. Please note that there is a 200-300 word essay about one’s personal aspirations, educational, and career goals required with this application. Applications/essays are due to Tara by February 26.

Cedar Rapids Optimist Scholarship

  • One $500 dollar scholarship to be used toward a college, university, trade school, or for further training after high school. This scholarship is renewable.

Marion/Cedar Rapids Optimist Club Metro High School Achievement Award

  • Due May 15, ten $500 awards to be awarded to students desiring to further their education in various ways, not just necessarily via a college education route (e.g. trade schools, apprenticeship programs, occupation-specific training). The award may be applied to the cost of purchasing specialized equipment, software, attire, or other expenditures required for participation in apprenticeship or occupation-specific training. This award may be applied for multiple times.
  • Two Achievement Award References—applications should be turned in with two references.

Metro students who apply for building-specific scholarships, especially the Optimist Achievement Award, will also be eligible for the following scholarships:

Rotary West Club of Iowa

  • One student who plans to attend Kirkwood during the next school year will receive a $500 scholarship upon enrollment based on service above self, citizenship qualities, and how they have carried themselves as a Metro student in their years of attendance.

Kansky Scholarships

  • $1,000 or $500 dollar scholarships awarded to students who will be pursuing a college education in the spring or fall of 2021.

Iowa State Bar Citizenship Awards

  • Awarded to two Metro students who consistently show good citizenship at Metro or in the community.

Midwest Valley Regional Blood Center Scholarship

  • Awarded to multiple students who consistently give blood or help out with the blood drives at school.

Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation Scholarships tend to rotate through the high schools, but we have a couple that are just Metro-specific. Please see below for the scholarships graduating seniors are eligible for this year:

John M. Secl Memorial Scholarship

  • To be awarded to a Metro High School student in need by providing funding for participation in science, technology, arts, mathematics, and engineering activities to pursue college level classes.

Alice F. Bizulis Memorial Scholarship

  • To be awarded to a student in a special education program who intends to pursue further education or training after high school.

Iowa Retired School Personnel “Future Educator Achievement Award”

  • For a graduating senior who plans to enter the teaching profession. Student must have been accepted into a teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university, display exemplary school and community citizenship, and financial need.

KEY CONTACTS

Tara Wheatley McLaughlin

Metro Counselor