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Scholarships and Loan Repayment Programs

There are many scholarships available to students, but there is no all-inclusive source that accurately lists every scholarship available.You are encouraged to do a little research on your own. Start within your own community, some organizations may have scholarships available. These include but are not limited to, fraternal organizations, unions, religious organizations, medical offices, clinics, professional associations, county programs, state programs, employers, parent’s employers, hospitals etc. There are legitimate web sites for scholarships, but for the most part if they ask for money you might want to try a different site.

There are also books available at most libraries with reliable information.

Throughout the year the financial aid office receives numerous notices of available scholarships .General scholarships are posted on the Pulse financial aid page. Check as often as you like. If a scholarship has specific requirements such as field of study, academic performance, geographic restrictions etc., the financial aid office will try to identify qualified applicants and forward the application materials or contact the student directly.

Treatment of Scholarships

All scholarships are treated as a financial resource and count toward the student budget. This includes HPSP (military) and NHSC scholarships. The entire value of these scholarships includes tuition, books, stipend and other miscellaneous reimbursed expenses. A student may receive other financial aid resources to meet the difference between the scholarship value and the student budget. If a student received financial aid up to the budget and then receives a late award the entire package is recalculated. If possible second disbursements are lowered, if not the late award is sent to the lender to reduce the amount of loans.

Program-Specific Scholarships and Loan Repayment Programs

University Scholarships

  • Dorgan Memorial Scholarship
    Eligibility: DMU students who are African-American.
    Criteria: The income from this fund is to be used to aid, comfort, and support or provide assistance to the people of the African-American race.
    Description: This endowed fund is used to assist African-American students.
    Deans have the opportunity to nominate applicants and one student will be chosen from the nominees.
  • Justice Alfred D. Lerner Scholarship
    Eligibility: All DMU students including first year students.
    Criteria: A veteran of one of the branches of the U.S. military who is enrolled in one of the colleges of Des Moines University. The recipient will be deemed in significant need of financial assistance and in good academic standing with the University.
    Description: This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Justice Alfred D. Lerner and is awarded to a veteran of the U.S. military.
    Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.
  • Claude Oster D.O. Scholarship
    Eligibility: All students enrolled in or accepted into DMU. Preference will be given to students enrolled in COM.
    Criteria: Priority given to dependents of members of the United Auto Workers. If there are no qualified applicants from the UAW, then dependents of an organized labor union will be given priority. If there are no qualified applicants from organized labor, then the annual awards are open to students who qualify for financial assistance.
    Description: This endowed scholarship was established in the fall of 1985 by Claude Oster, D.O. One or more awards will be made annually. Recipients can reapply in succeeding years for scholarship awards.
    Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.
  • Glanton Scholarship
    Eligibility: All students enrolled in or accepted into DMU.  Eligibility is limited to African American, Native American and Hispanic students in full-time on-campus program.
    Criteria: African American, Native American and Hispanic students in full-time on-campus program.  There is no application.  Scholarship is for incoming students, and is renewable based on acceptable academic progress.
    Nominations will be made by Dean(s) and Enrollment Management Office.
    Description:  Scholarship developed to increase diversity at DMU.