Dulce Alfaro-Avila, Mount Mercy University

Being a James B. Morris Scholarship recipient to me means an opportunity to inspire other kids that they can attend college just like me. It does not matter what kind of background one may come from, if one wants to get a higher level of education, one will. This scholarship also gives me the chance to reach my life goals and succeed. Thank you.

Scholarship Application

The scholarship application will open Tuesday, February 9, 2021

through Friday, April 2, 2021 at 4PM CST

2020-2021 James B. Morris 

Scholarship Application 


The James B. Morris Scholarship Fund (MSF) provides financial assistance, motivation and internship opportunities for minority students pursuing post-secondary and graduate degrees. The MSF provides this assistance to high-achieving minority individuals who demonstrate strong academic performance, community service and a need for financial aid.


Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must be of minority ethnic status as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission† and have a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have a valid social security number in addition to being: (1) Iowa high school graduate or (2) a May 2021 graduate and an Iowa resident who is or will be attending any U.S. college or university; or (3) Non-Iowa residents who are attending Iowa colleges or universities.

To be considered, applicants must identify their race according to the original EEOC definition of ethnic minority status. For more information, you may visit: https://www.eeoc.gov

Criteria for completing the 2020-2021 applications:
1. Official high school transcripts (graduating high school seniors ONLY)
2. Official college transcripts (most recent semester only)
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one must be from an instructor)
4. Submit an essay about yourself and why you are applying. Your essay must include school and community activities, organizations you are involved in and your future career plans (minimum 250, maximum 500 words).
5. Completed application form
6. Recent photograph (head & shoulders only) - Required for press release. No “SELFIE” photos.

You will need to complete this application in its entirety. Include with your application the criteria listed above. All documents must be “POSTMARKED” on or before the application deadline: April 2, 2021 and mailed to:

James B. Morris Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 12145
Des Moines, IA 50312

Click here to download the application. Complete the application and then upload it below.

Mail an official transcript which includes grades from the fall semester of 2020 school year to:  
James B. Morris Scholarship
P.O. Box 12145
Des Moines, IA  50312  
NOTE: Relatives cannot be used for recommendation letters *
I verify that all information included in this application is true and accurate. I understand that if the James B. Morris Scholarship Fund, Inc. learns of any false or plagiarized information my application will not be considered and scholarship may be revoked. If awarded a scholarship, I give the James B. Morris Scholarship Fund permission to use my photograph for publications and/or other media.

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