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IRSPA Scholarships

Parent in Heaven (PH) Balance Scholarship

The Parent in Heaven (PH) Balance Scholarship is a voluntarily funded scholarship by members of IRSPA. It is our hope that the recipients understand that we recognize the tremendous loss when a student loses a parent prior to high school graduation and in a small way would like to offer some support to help them further their education. Students may attend a technical school, community college, or four-year college. 

High School seniors living in IRSPA District 4 or going to a school in District 4 and graduating in May of 2024 are eligible to apply for the PH Balance Scholarship. It is for students attending community colleges, vocational training, or those seeking a four year degree program and who have lost a parent or guardian. PH means Parent in Heaven.

Counties in District 4 include the following counties: Harrison County, Shelby County, Audubon County, Guthrie County, Dallas County, Pottawattamie County, Cass County, Adair County, Madison County, Mills, County, Montgomery County, Adams County, Union County, Clarke County, Fremont County, Page County, Taylor County, Ringgold County, Decatur County.

Scholarship Application 

Scholarship Winners

2023 Winner

Kale Kuennen 
Turkey Valley Community School District 

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2022 Winner

Katie Schlosser
Colfax-Mingo Community Schools

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