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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.

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.


  • Tanager Place client who engaged a minimum of six months during the past two years
  • Iowa resident
  • FAFSA criteria of need

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.

2021 Program Update

Tanager Place is pleased to announce over $55,000 in scholarship dollars have been awarded through the Bridge to the Future program.

Monies are awarded to young people who engaged in Tanager Place programs for a minimum of six months of service in the recent two years and demonstrated a desire to move on to post-secondary education. Award winners must have plans to attend an accredited in-state institution, including but not limited to, 2-year colleges, 4-year universities, online course offerings, vocational programs and certification studies.

Seven awards were given and scholarship winners are planning to attend Coe College, Kirkwood Community College, Cornell College, and the University of Iowa. The scholarship program was made possible by an anonymous donor, who generously began an endowment for the program with a one million dollar offering.

“This is the second year of Bridge to the Future and we are thrilled to award just over double the amount given last year.  This program is truly an impactful one which we know directly and wholly supports a former Tanager Place client in such a positive way. The Bridge to the Future program was made possible by an incredibly generous gift from a donor knew the significance of investing in the education of young people.”,  commented Tanager Place CEO, Okpara Rice.

Applications for next year’s award cycle will be made available in the spring of 2022. To learn more or donate to the program, contact Tanager place at or 319-319-365-9164 ext. 309