The Gift That Keeps Giving

ALL graduating seniors are encouraged to apply.  Through our generous donors and fundraising efforts, we have scholarships available for students attending trade schools/training/apprenticeships,  junior colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.  We are still striving toward the goal of granting every senior a scholarship in her/his chosen field of study.


Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars® is part of a nationwide network of community-based scholarship foundations, 87 of which are in Iowa. It is a program of Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest non-profit private-sector scholarship and educational assistance organization.

Every year the Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars Foundation grows in giving scholarships to students.  At Awards Night in May 2017, over 200 students received over $250,000!  Dollars for Scholars has awarded 740 scholarships from 2001 through 2017 in the total amount of $390,000.



Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).


Who We Serve

The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.



Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.