2012 Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating High School Seniors!

Postmark deadline to submit: March 31, 2012
(or submit to the guidance counselor by Monday, April 2, 2012).  


Annually the South Des Moines Chamber of Commerce awards a grant in the amount of $1,000 to two students from the South Side of Des Moines.  To apply, applicants must meet the minimum standards listed below.  Grants will be awarded to South Side Des Moines residents who attend school and work or volunteer on the South Side.  Applications are competitive and awarded based on the following criteria:  essay, community-based activities, employment and leadership, school-based activities, attendance, academics, letter of reference and professional presentation. 



  1. You must be a resident of the South Side, work or volunteer in a South Side business or organization.
  2. You must be graduating in the year 2012.
  3. You must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. You must plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university or an accredited trade school.
  5. You must submit a completed application no later than the published deadline of March 31, 2012 (or submit to the guidance counselor by Monday, April 2, 2012). 



Cover Sheet: that includes your complete name, mailing address, home phone or cell phone number, email address, and your parent’s name.  

Essay:  Write a 500 - 700 word essay on the following:

Please describe your South Side experience as a resident, student and worker and tell us about any contributions you have made to your Southside community.  How has this experience prepared you for college?  What are your post-college plans?

Resume:  Submit a resume that lists the following: work experience, positions of responsibility at work

and school, school-based and community-based volunteer activities, including any positions of leadership you have held in these organizations and any honors or awards you have received.

One letter of recommendation: submit one letter of recommendation from an employer or volunteer coordinator who has supervised your work, OR one from someone in the community (non-family).  The author must identify their relationship to you.

Transcript:  Attach a copy of your high school transcript that includes your school attendance record. (Please note that attendance counts more than grades!)

Postmark deadline to submit: March 31, 2012
(or submit to the guidance counselor by Monday, April 2, 2012).  

To submit:  MAIL to the South Des Moines Chamber Office

Attn: Education Committee, 100 E. Grand Ave., Suite 100, Des Moines, IA, 50309.  

2011 Scholarship Winners

Taylor Vollstedt
Allison Babberl

2010 Scholarship Winners

Anna Bellegante
Karisa Tuazon