Future Ready Iowa awards $6.6 million in scholarships

More than 5,800 Iowa students have received the new Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship for fall 2019.

More than $6.6 million has been awarded for the fall semester. That’s over half of the $13 million appropriated by the Iowa Legislature for the 2019-20 academic year. This is the first semester the Last-Dollar Scholarship has been available.

“When Iowans find good-paying jobs in cutting-edge careers, it can be life-changing for them and their families,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds, in an announcement. “The Last-Dollar Scholarship is connecting more Iowans to rewarding career opportunities, which will help employers hire the skilled workers they need to grow.”

The Last-Dollar Scholarship focuses on meeting business and industry workforce needs in four key areas: health care and biosciences; information technology; advanced manufacturing production, installation and maintenance; and construction and engineering.

The scholarship covers tuition and qualified fees for postsecondary credentials up to two-year degrees after an eligible student has applied other non-repayable state and federal aid

“This scholarship is a critical tool for growing incomes, closing the skills gap, and helping meet the needs of a competitive economy,” said Reynolds. “These initial numbers show the program is on track to be a huge success, and I want to thank Iowa College Aid as well as our other incredible state agencies, community colleges, participating independent colleges, and private-sector partners for their diligent work to implement this program.”

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$16 million in funding now available through Future Ready Iowa programs -June 4, 2019