Tom Arnold Scholarship

Tom Arnold HeadshotIndian Hills alumnus Tom Arnold awards two scholarships to Indian Hills students each year. The scholarships award tuition, fees, required books, and required supply costs for one year (three terms). In addition, if the winners are students residing in the dormitories, an average of room and board costs will be included as part of the scholarship award.

To be eligible for the scholarships, you must compose a brief written piece (600-1,200 words) on this year's subject theme.  An Indian Hills faculty committee will screen initial entries and Tom Arnold will choose the final selections himself.

Scholarship Entry:

To enter the scholarship, you must compose a brief written piece (600-1,200 words) following a subject theme set by Tom Arnold below.

Deadline: April 1, 2024


2024-25 School Year's Theme:

"In 1976, Tom Arnold was attending Ottumwa High School and recalls a significant celebration of the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence. In 2026, The Declaration of Independence will celebrate its 250th anniversary.  So, for this year’s essay theme, please write where you see yourself on July 4th, 2026.”


Submit your essay and complete the scholarship application here.


Please Note:

  • You must compose a brief, written piece (between 600-1,200 words) following the above subject theme established by Tom Arnold. 
  • You should avoid the obscene and exaggerated use of profanities.
  • The screening committee will eliminate any applications with distracting grammatical, mechanical (spelling and punctuation), and typographical errors from further consideration.  Therefore, it is advisable for all applicants to proofread, or have their papers proofread.
  • The screening committee members will disqualify themselves from judging any entry they have previously seen or proofread.
  • The two scholarship winners will be contacted by the Indian Hills Foundation Scholarship Coordinator in June with details of their award.
  • Students will retain all rights to their scholarship entries.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions or concerns about the Tom Arnold Scholarship, please contact Jenaya in the Indian Hills Community College Foundation Office.

pilcherJenaya Pilcher, Scholarship Coordinator & Assistant
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5101 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5101
Email: [email protected]