All Scholarships

The Primary Scholarships at the Community Foundation focus on recognizing student achievements and supporting deserving students in Linn County in partnership with area high schools. Each of these awards a total of nine scholarships annually. 

The Primary Scholarships at the Community Foundation include:

Academic Excellence Scholarships

Merveaux Academic Excellence Scholarship
Supported by the Nina E. and Victor D. Merveaux Scholarship Fund
Established in 2003 by Mrs. Merveaux to assist graduating Linn County high school seniors in their future education


Academic achievement (GPA & class rank along with depth & variety of classes completed)


Community Service Scholarships

Glidden Community Service Scholarship
Supported by the Charles and Edith Glidden Scholarship Fund
Established in 2003 to commemorate Mr. and Mrs. Glidden’s interest in young people, their belief that education is a key component of responsible citizenship, and their desire to provide opportunities for students of all social and economic groups in Linn County

Amount: $1,000

Community involvement
Demonstrated respect and consideration for others


Leadership Scholarships

Outstanding Student Leadership Scholarship
Supported by the Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship Fund
Established in 2008 to carry forward the spirit of the annual Outstanding Student Leader and Special Teacher Recognition in Linn County

Amount: $500

Exemplary leadership skills both in and outside the school environment
Academic achievement: top 1/3 of graduating class with GPA of 3.0 or above
Demonstration of outstanding character and judgment, dependability, and teamwork


Opportunity Scholarships

College Opportunity Scholarship
Supported by the College Club of Cedar Rapids Scholarship Fund
Established in 1993 to support deserving Linn County students
Supported by the Henry & Sara Katz Foundation Fund
Established in 2006 to support deserving Linn County students

Amount: $500

Financial need
Demonstrated career goals

Kalous Opportunity Scholarship
Supported by the George A. and Louise M. Kalous Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established in 2013 by Mrs. Kalous to support deserving Linn County students

Amount: $1,000; renewable for three additional years

Financial need
Demonstrated strong ethics and high moral character
Planning to pursue study in Government, Political Science, Engineering, or Music
Planning to attend a college or university in the state of Iowa


To support any of the Community Foundation’s Primary Scholarships, contact Arthur Kim, Development Officer, at or 319.200.4409.


Scholarship Funds at the Community Foundation