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The STARS Scholarship Program

Providing A Foundation For Your Future!


Applications for 2014-2015 are now available!  Deadline to apply is April 11, 2014.


The STARS Scholarship provides up to $2000 per year to non-traditional students who are parents wanting to go back to school for a Bachelor's Degree, an Associate's Degree, license or certification.

This scholarship provides money to cover expenses not covered by financial aid or other programs. It may be granted for up to three years (four years for a Bachelor's degree) as long as the student remains full-time and is working on a degree, license or certification.

The STARS Scholarship may be used at Iowa Western Community College, Kaplan University, EQ School of Hair Design, Metropolitan Community College, ITT Tech, UNO, Buena Vista University, Bellevue University, Clarkson College, College of St. Mary's and other schools offering a minimum one year program.

The STARS Scholarship Program is generously funded by the Iowa West Foundation and administered by the CB Community Education Foundation.

STARS Recognition Ceremony

2014-2015 Scholars

February 19, 2014

Scholar Glennis Guerrero with; Community Education Foundation Board member, Gilbert Thomas (far left); Iowa West Foundation, Kathleen Rapp (middle); and Community Education Foundation Executive Director, Butch Lecuona.


STARS Scholarship Alumni Association Board volunteers.
STARS Program Director
  Marsha Grandick is the Director for the STARS Scholarship Program.  She comes to the Community Education Foundation (CEF) after teaching in the Council Bluffs Community School District for 31 years.  Prior to taking the position at CEF, she worked as the Special Projects Coordinator at UNO's College of Education.  She also worked for three years as a CADRE Associate for UNO's College of Education and Council Bluffs Community School District.   She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Education Degree from Lesley University. 
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