Class of 2021:  Scholarship Awards Night is April 21st at 7 pm.  Your attendance is MANDATORY to receive your scholarship.  To help with social distancing, only two family members may attend with each student.  The ceremony can be livestreamed on the Ballard school youtube channel.



***  Link for detailed instructions how to fill out scholarship application.  Click here ***

Link for step-by-step instructions to complete application here

If you have questions, see Mrs. Doland or email Ballard Dollars for Scholars at BEFORE the deadline March 1st, 2021!


In the Scholarship America section (right side of your screen) is information about opportunities for national scholarships (student opportunities) that you can apply for using your DFS scholarship application (although you may need to fill out more sections than what Ballard requires).


AFTER scholarship awards night, you MUST go back into your application and "accept" your scholarship and enter the name of the school you are attending. See link below for instructions how to accept and other important information about your scholarship.

Starting a couple days after scholarship awards night, you can log in to your scholarship application to officially accept your scholarship.  You should do this when you know for sure which school you are attending and it is also helpful to know the start date of the semester and your student ID number at the school you plan to attend.  If you are attending a Collegiate Matching Partner School, you have a better chance of obtaining matching money from the school if you accept your scholarship as early as you can after April 21st, however, no checks will be sent until you officially graduate in May.  See the Collegiate Partner Directory link on the right side of the screen to see if your college is a collegiate matching partner.  Officially accepting your scholarship in your application tells our treasurer to send your scholarship money to your institution for your student account.

***   There is a link further down this page for instructions how to officially accept the scholarship you received after April 21, 2021. ***


Iowa Collegiate Matching Partners

​Currently, the 10 Iowa colleges that match your DFS scholarship include:  Allen College, Buena Vista University, Coe College, Drake University, Grand View University, Loras College, Northwest Iowa Community College, Southeastern Community College, Southwestern Community College and Waldorf University.  We encourage to accept your scholarship as soon as you can for these schools before they run out of matching money.

Check the Collegiate Partners Directory on the Scholarship America website,, to see if your out-of-state school participates in matching (until their matching money is deleted).



Important Information for Receiving your Scholarship AFTER  April 21, 2021.

After scholarship awards night, senior scholarship recipients MUST go back to their Dollars for Scholars profile to accept and acknowledge their award. This should be done when the student has decided which institution they are going to attend, knows institution's address and the start date of classes, and has been assigned a student ID number.  You have until Dec. 31, 2022 to use your scholarship.


Link to instructions on how to accept your scholarship from your student profile.  Click here.

 If you plan to delay entry into college for military service, you must contact Ballard's Dollars for Scholars committee ASAP but no later than October 1st of your graduation year at to keep them updated on your plans. If you have done that step and the Ballard Community Dollars for Scholars has confirmed that you qualify for this deferment, class of 2020 students have until May 31, 2027, to claim your scholarship should you choose to delay entry into college for military service.


For information on tax treatment of scholarship money, click here.  Scholarship money can be used for tuition, books, fees and mandatory supplies (ex. lab goggles) tax free, but is taxable if used for room & board, research or travel.  Your accountant can further advise you on this matter.