The national Dollars for Scholars organization was founded in 1958 with the mission of helping to provide a college education for anyone who wanted one. Today, Dollars for Scholars is a network of community-based, volunteer-operated scholarship foundations in cities, towns and neighborhoods throughout the United States.


Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars was organized in 2001.  It's mission is to provide financial scholarships to Southeast Polk High School graduates who wish to further their education. For almost 20 years, Scholarship Recognition Night has been held to honor the graduating recipients and give recognition to those who made the many scholarships available.


Every household and business within our school district (Runnells, Altoona, Mitchellville, and Pleasant Hill, Iowa) has a stake in seeing our youth reach their highest potential. Whether their goal is to attend a trade school, junior college, business education, or university, the Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars Foundation, supported by a strong endowment fund, will help these young people in pursuing their educational objectives.