Florence Warnock Scholarship

Students graduating from a Black Hawk County High School are eligible to apply for the Florence Warnock Scholarship.  Applications are available at all guidance offices in Black Hawk County high schools. This scholarship is $1,500 and renewable for four (4) consecutive years toward a college education at the university of the student’s choice.  
BACKGROUND:

Florence T. Warnock was a native of Coggin, Iowa.  She received her degree from the Iowa State Teacher’s College (UNI) and taught school in Waterloo from 1924 to 1961.  Florence was a sixty-year member of First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, until her death in 1990.  This scholarship is established to recognize her many years of service to her church, school, and community.

SCHOLARSHIP:

The Warnock Scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount of $1,500.00 to one graduating student from a Black Hawk County school to be applied toward tuition in a four-year college or university of their choice. The Warnock Scholarship will be renewable annually for three subsequent years contingent upon the recipient making satisfactory progress toward graduation while maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

The Warnock Scholarship is open to any student meeting the following criteria:

  • Graduation from a Black Hawk County high school accredited by the Iowa Department of Education with a firm intent to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree
  • A high school GPA of 3.0 or better based upon a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstration of financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Demonstration of active membership in a church, synagogue, or mosque
  • Demonstration of character, citizenship, and leadership qualities

APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCEDURE:

The Florence Warnock Scholarship Committee will read all applications and will select up to ten finalists.  These finalists will be invited to participate in a personal interview with the Committee.  One scholarship winner and one alternate will then be selected.  It is intended that the selection process will be completed by mid-May, and the recipient will be invited to First Presbyterian Church to be recognized as the Florence Warnock Scholar.  By July, the Scholar will be required to submit to the Committee the name of the college or university in which they are enrolled for the fall semester.  The $1,500.00 stipend will then be sent to that college or university.

RENEWAL PROCEDURE:

By January 10 and July 1 of each year, the Warnock Scholar must have sent to the Committee a transcript documenting a minimum 2.7 GPA based on a 4.0 scale.

The Scholar must also submit a letter reaffirming his/her intention to continue pursuing a four-year baccalaureate degree.

The deadline for applications for the 2017 Florence Warnock Scholarship was March 13, 2017.