Kinds: Scholarship

Joe and Sue Kaesbauer Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sandra L. Beisker Scholarship Fund

John D. Soley Memorial Scholarship

J. L. Stangeland Memorial Scholarship

Hempstead Class of 1975 Scholarship

FDPS Hempstead Class of ’73 Scholarship

Dubuque Community School District Scholarship Fund

Year Founded 2016
At A Glance
  • Dubuque Senior, Hempstead, and ALC High Schools
  • Non-endowed, short-term scholarships
  • Memorial and family gifts
About Us

The Dubuque Community School District Scholarship Fund was created to support philanthropy in the schools by assisting donors in establishing post-secondary scholarships for graduating high school students.

The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) provides administration for this non-endowed fund by facilitating pass-through and/or short-term scholarship donations.

Don & Jean Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Year Founded 2018
At A Glance
  • Endowment in Memory of Don and Jean Johnson
  • Scholarships for Hempstead and Senior Graduates
  • Supports Special Education Students
About Us

Don and Jean Johnson were the parents of three girls: Nancy, Donna, and Lisa. When Lisa was seven, her parents were killed in a mid-air plane collision. Lisa went on to become a teacher and taught special education for her entire career, thirty years of which were with the Dubuque Community School District.

The purpose of the Don and Jean Johnson Memorial Scholarship is to support graduating seniors from the Dubuque Community School District in Dubuque, IA, who will pursue post-secondary education. The winner of this scholarship will receive a one-time $500 honorarium to be deposited with the college or university of their choice after enrollment. The award may be used for continuing educational expenses, including tuition, fees, books, room and board, and supplies directly related to the educational program in which the student is enrolled. The scholarship is not renewable.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be:

  • Entitled for and received direct special education academic services (reading, writing, math), physical or occupational therapy, services for the deaf and hard of hearing, visual impairment, or other health impairment at some point in his/her educational career as documented by an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Students who received speech and language services only are not eligible.
  • Attending a 4-year on-campus college or university (no online programs), or a 2-year program that furthers education in the recipient’s area of chosen interest.
  • Preference for students who have financial need.
  • Scholarships shall be given to a Dubuque Senior graduate on “even” years, and a Dubuque Hempstead graduate on “odd” years, until eligible disbursements become great enough to support graduates of both schools annually.
  • GPA: Not specified
  • Recipient Selection: A Scholarship Selection Committee shall be established by Dubuque Senior and Hempstead High Schools to review applications and render recommendations for distribution of awards. Students must apply through the Dubuque Senior and Hempstead guidance offices.
Read More


The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools supports student achievement by promoting investment in the Dubuque Public Schools.

Daniel J. Miller Scholarship

At A Glance
  • In Memory of Daniel J. Miller
  • Supports a Hempstead High School Art Student in Dubuque, IA
  • Permanently Endowed Fund
About Us

Daniel J. Miller, a Hempstead High School Senior in 1992, was uncertain about his future. He didn’t think college was for him. The only thing he knew for sure was that he was an artist. He had a need to create. He felt the happiest when he was covered in paint, charcoal, clay or wood chips.

The Hempstead Art Teachers saw his potential and passion for art. They encouraged Dan to enter an art competition at The University of Northern Iowa. With only a few weeks to prepare, his art teachers spent hours after school helping Dan put together his portfolio.

Read More

Not only did Dan put together an inspired portfolio but he won the competition and the accompanying 4-year full-ride scholarship to UNI! Winning that competition gave Dan the direction he needed.

He received a BA degree in art, and he completed a significant portion of his Masters of Fine Arts. Dan passed away unexpectedly during college. His loved ones take comfort in the fact that he was living out his true passion as an artist. Dan always lives on through his paintings, prints, and sculptures that fill the homes of his family and friends.

The Miller family set up the Daniel J Miller $1,500 scholarship to honor a student who has a passion for art and the courage to pursue that passion. The award also recognizes the contributions that the Hempstead art teachers had on Dan’s life.

Arthur J. Miller Social Studies Scholarship