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Bridge to the Future Tanager Place Scholarships

Paying It Forward

A $1 million anonymous gift is opening more doors for the children of Tanager Place.

“This is one of the ways I’m paying it forward,” said the donor. “During my youth, when I needed support, people were there for me. So I’m proud to help the children of Tanager Place in this way”.

“Bridge to the Future Tanager Place Scholarships are a window of opportunity for deserving young people, a chance to reach for and grasp long-term goals.”

Each day, with the help of generous community members like you, we make a difference for families and our region. When you are ready to put your resources to “good works,” please visit our donation page to contribute to our scholarship fund.

Questions about the Bridge to the Future Scholarship Program should be directed to:

Jenn Draper – Director of Advancement
(319) 365-9164

Tanager Place is proud to offer scholarships to further the academic futures of our clients, and grateful to the $1 million anonymous donor who made these Bridge to the Future scholarships a reality.

Scholarships awards are based on financial need/hardship, tuition costs, and the scholarship committee’s conclusions as to the applicant’s ability or potential to articulate and accomplish his or her academic plans and goals. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis.  Students must reapply for subsequent awards.


To be eligible to apply for a Bridge to the Future Scholarship, a student must:

  • Have been a Tanager Place client for a minimum of six months within the last two calendar years.
  • Meet criteria of FAFSA and provide FAFSA score on application.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be admitted as a full-time student to an accredited, in-state, post-secondary educational institution, including, but not limited to, community colleges, private colleges, public universities, online course offerings, vocational programs and certification studies. The Scholarship Committee may use discretion to make exceptions to include other institutions.

Fund Uses

  • Tuition: any degree or program from an Iowa institution, including, but not limited to, 2-year colleges, 4-year universities, online courses, vocational programs and certification studies.
  • Books and materials, tools and equipment needed as part of participation in chosen education program.
  • Certification and licensure fee.
  • Room and board costs.

2022 Scholarships

Tanager Place is no longer accepting applications for the 2022 Bridge to the Future Scholarship Program. Applicants will be notified on or before April 28, 2022 by email, unless a preferred contact method is stated on their application.