The University of Iowa

Private Foundation

Retirement Research Foundation (Foundation on Aging)

During the last 43 years, RRF has awarded nearly 5,000 grants worth almost $255 million—all dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people. RRF focuses its grantmaking on four priority areas:

Caregiving Economic Security in Later Life Housing Social and Intergenerational...
Application Deadline 

RRF offers an opportunity for applicants to submit a brief (1-3 pages) Letter of Inquiry (LOI) as part of its grantmaking process. While optional, submission of an LOI is strongly encouraged. Information about the LOI process can be found on RRF’s websiteSubmit LOIs online by March 15, 2021 for the May 1 deadline. For more information and to start the grant process, see Apply for a Grant.

Information can also be found on the What We Fund page. 

To learn more, please visit our website or email

Quad City Osteopathic Foundation

Scholarship awards for students majoring in osteopathy; some support for health, and medical education.

Application Deadline 

Address applications to:
Eugene Holst
PO Box 1245
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Telephone: 563-332-8731

Send letter containing general information and reason for request.

Letter containing general information and reason for request

Iowa Pharmacy Association Foundation

Headquartered in Des Moines, the IPA Foundation is affiliated with the Iowa Pharmacy Association, the state professional society of pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The IPA Foundation was established in 1960 as a charitable, non­profit foundation to offer loans and...

Application Deadline 

Igou (Carrie & Oren) Scholarship Trust

Scholarship awards to graduates of Northwood-Kensett High School, Worth County, Iowa.

Application Deadline 

The Trustees select an outstanding student or students in the senior class at Northwood-Kensett High School taking into account both merit and need.

The Trustees shall award an amount to the said students for their first year of college or vocational-technical schooling, provided the student maintains a scholastic record which is deemed by the Trustees to merit a continuation of the award.

In order to be considered for an Igou Scholarship, each interested senior will need to complete the application and return it to the high school guidance counselor, by no later than April 1 of the year in which the award(s) is made.

Emerson (Harland & Genevieve) Foundation

One of the purposes of the foundation is to award educational scholarships and loans. When the students' education is complete, the loans are to be repaid. This makes the money available again for future loans.

Application Deadline 

Applications must be submitted by April 30. Apply to James E. Van Werden, PO Box 99, 1009 Main St., Adel, IA 50003.

Students may submit an essay describing and/or giving examples of their a) character, b) intelligence, c) desire to finish higher education. Students must submit high school and college transcripts. They must also submit an application annually including a financial statement of the applicant's parents if they are a dependent and three years tax returns of parent and student. 

Mansfield (Wesley & Irene) Charitable Foundation

Giving primarily for higher education, including educational foundations.

Application Deadline 

General guidelines:

A) Grants are only made to nonprofit organizations or governmental entities.

B) The focus of the Mansfield Foundation is to support the communities of Belle Plaine and Tama, Iowa and Albion, Nebraska.

C) Applications need to be received by May 15 to be considered for acceptance.

D) If awarded, grants are generally disbursed in July of each year.

Information about the applicant entity:

  • Name, address, city, state zip; contact name; phone;  email
  • Is the applicant a governmental entity? Yes / no
  • Is the applicant a nonprofit organization? Yes / no.
  • If you are a nonprofit, attach a copy of your IRS determination letter or a copy of your most recent form 990. If you are a nonprofit, attach a list of your governing board.

Application address: Mark Harrington, 124 W 3rd St, Tama, IA 52339

Phone: (641) 484-3000

Submission deadline: May 15th (annually)