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Apply for an Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship

Community Service Scholarship

Alliant Energy recognizes outstanding community leadership in young people and helps students reach their academic goals.

Up to 25 $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students annually through the Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship Program.

Award selection is based on participation in a leadership role in community service activities and volunteer work; academic grade point average; standardized test scores; and the content of a 300-word essay submission.

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2015 Scholarship recipients

  • Ericka Abell – Cromwell, Iowa (Creston high School)
  • Jace Bloomer – Burlington, Iowa (Burlington Community High School)
  • Allison Brost – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. (Lincoln High School)
  • Matthew Brown – Necedah, Wis. (Necedah High School)
  • Layne Collins – Dickeyville, Wis. (Cuba City High School)
  • Nicole Fox – Fond du Lac, Wis. (Horace Mann High School)
  • Rachel Gordon – Nelsonville, Wis. (Amherst High School)
  • Zoe Gotzinger – Cassville, Wis. (Cassville High School)
  • Caleb Gradeless – Melrose, Iowa (Albia Community High School)
  • Molly Hendrickson – Hollandale, Wis. (Pecatonica High School)
  • Zachary Hintze – Fond du Lac, Wis. (St. Mary’s Springs Academy)
  • Molly Houseshell – Stanhope, Iowa (South Hamilton High School)
  • Samantha Jamison – Columbus Junction, Iowa (Winfield-Mount Union High School)
  • James Kollross – Arpin, Wis. (Marshfield High School)
  • Cole Leadholm – Cambridge, Wis. (Cambridge High School)
  • Katherine Maxa – Oakland, Minn. (Austin High School)
  • Mackenzie Petersen – Lost Nation, Iowa (Midland High School)
  • Nicole Schmitt – Fort Atkinson, Iowa (Turkey Valley CSD)
  • Thomas Schultz – Darlington, Wis. (Darlington High School)
  • Amber Schutte – Castalia, Iowa (Postville High School)
  • Emily Turner – Amherst, Wis. (Amherst High School)
  • David Turnis – Bernard, Iowa (Cascade High School)
  • Hanna Ven Genderen – Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (Wisconsin Dells High School)
  • Nicole Votroubek – Ely, Iowa (Prairie High School)
  • Mackenzie Zanow – Monticello, Wis. (Monticello High School)

Eligibility guidelines

To be eligible, scholarship applicants must have participated in a leadership role in community service work or volunteer activities. They must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be age 24 or under;
  • Be a dependent child of a current customer, or be a current customer, of one of Alliant Energy's utility subsidiaries (Interstate Power and Light or Wisconsin Power and Light);
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average between 2.50 and 4.00 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) - emphasis will be placed on community service leadership activities;
  • Reside within the Alliant Energy service territory at the time of application; and
  • Plan to enroll in, for the first time, beginning in the fall of 2014, a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school located within the Alliant Energy service territory.



Employees of Alliant Energy Corporation, Scholarship America, their subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and their immediate family (spouses, parents, children or siblings and their spouses) and persons living in the same household of such employees, who are employed at the time of application are ineligible to receive a scholarship.

Review criteria

A scholarship committee will carefully review each application in search of the most deserving recipients. Judges will consider several criteria, including:

  • Leadership experience and community service or volunteer activities;
  • Academic grade point average;
  • Standardized test scores; and
  • The content of a 300-word essay submission.

Rank-in-class will not be a determining factor. Scholarship awards are for one year only and are limited to undergraduate study. Applications will be accepted from December 1 to February 15.


You may now apply online. Please click on the link below to apply:

Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship

FOR ANY QUESTIONS regarding the Scholarship Program, please contact Kandy Fraley, Program Manager, 507-931-0645 or kfraley@scholarshipamerica.org.