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 (500-1,000 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 (500-1,000 words) following a subject theme set by Tom Arnold below.

***Entry Deadline will be March 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.***

2021-22 School Year's Theme:

“Write a story about how Covid 19 has effected your life in a positive way.” 

Please Note:

  • You must compose a brief, written piece (between 500-1000 words) following the above subject theme established by Tom Arnold. 

  • You should avoid the obscene and exaggerated use of profanities.

  • The entry must be typed and double-spaced.  You will have a cover letter with your name, address, phone number and email address.  The next page will begin your essay.

  • Type your full initials at the upper right-hand corner (not the cover letter).  DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ANYWHERE ON THE PAGE/S. 

  • Paperclip the pages of your entry.  Do not staple or enclose your story in any cover or folder.

  • Email your entry to or by mail to Becky Henderson, Scholarship Coordinator, IHCC Foundation, 525 Grandview Avenue, Ottumwa, IA  52501.  In order to insure anonymity, your paper will be assigned a number before it is submitted to the screening committee. 

  • 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/July with details of their award.

  • Students will retain all rights to their scholarship entries.

  • Multiple essays are allowed; however, only one essay for each student will be sent to Tom Arnold.

Contact Us:

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

henderson_profileBecky Henderson, Scholarship Coordinator & Assistant, Foundation/Development Office
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5156 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5156