E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Application

Instructions: The E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award was established in 1993 as a tribute to the man who served as Executive Director of the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union from 1954 through 2002. The recipient of this award is recognized as being representative of the most elite of the superlative Iowa Girl, not only on the playing field but also in the classroom, in her school, and in her community. Her profile will reflect discipline, perseverance, character, citizenship, and leadership, which personified the life and expectations of E. Wayne Cooley.

Each high school is limited to one nomination. It is the responsibility of the local school to determine how the nominee is selected. The criteria for the award are as follows:

Cumulative High School GPA of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Must have participated in at least two sports each year of high school
Shall have earned at least one varsity letter in a minimum of two sports
Must be enrolled full-time in an IGHSAU member school
Must be an Iowa resident
Must attend an Iowa college or university
Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA throughout her college career

Six finalists will be selected from the submitted applications for personal interviews with the selection jury in late January or early February.

Five finalists will receive a $1,000 scholarship grant. The E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award winner will receive a $15,000 scholarship ($3,750 annually). All nominees will receive a plaque commemorating their nomination by their school.

The online application allows you to fill out the scholarship application, print it out, and mail it to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union when the form is completed and printed. After you continue to the next page, the online application will appear on your screen. Please fill out all of the fields (you will be unable to print out the application until you have filled out every part of the application).

Once you have completed the application, you will continue to the next part of the scholarship, which allows you to double-check the information you have provided. When you have completed the scholarship to your satisfaction - please hit the print link at the top of the page. Your application will print out and will be ready to mail to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. The High School Principal or Guidance Counselor must sign this application before you mail it in.

A REMINDER: The following are also required to be sent along with the scholarship application

Four typed, one-page letters of recommendation are required:
(1) -- Nominator
(2) -- Teacher or Coach
(3) -- Community Member associated with Community Service Activities
(4) -- School Administrator (Other than the nominator)

The complete application must include the following:

Application Form
Four Letters of Reference
Copy of High School Transcript

If you have any trouble accessing any of the scholarship information or are having online problems filling out the application, please call Madison Melchert at the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union at (515) 401-1831 or email at madison@ighsau.org.

Applicant Information

Instructions: Please type all responses on the forms provided. The High School Principal or Guidance Counselor must sign this application prior to its submission. The essay portion of this application is limited to 250 words or less, and should be typed on a separate sheet.

Name of Nominee

Nominee Home Address


Daytime Phone Number

Zip Code

Phone Number of Nominee

Email Address of Nominee

Name of High School

City of High School

Phone Number of High School

Cumulative GPA of Nominee 10

ACT Score If you've been unable to take the ACT, you may leave this area blank. Please submit your ACT score if you have one.

SAT Score

Class Rank (If applicable)

How Many Students In Nominee's Graduating Class

Athletic Participation

Instructions: Please mark the years you have competed in the sports listed below:

Basketball Participant

Basketball Letterwinner

Soccer Participant

Soccer Letterwinner

Softball Participant

Softball Letterwinner

Volleyball Participant

Volleyball Letterwinner

Bowling Participant

Bowling Letterwinner

Bowling State Qualifier (Indiv.)

Bowling State Qualifier (Team)

Cross Country Participant

Cross Country Letterwinner

Cross Country State Qualifier (Indiv.)

Cross Country State Qualifier (Team)

Golf Participant

Golf Letterwinner

Golf State Qualifier (Indiv.)

Golf State Qualifier (Team)

Swimming & Diving Participant

Swimming & Diving Letterwinner

Swimming & Diving State Qualifier (Indiv. or Relay)

Tennis Participant

Tennis Letterwinner

Tennis State Qualfier (singles or doubles)

Tennis State Qualifier (Team)

Track & Field Participant

Track & Field Letterwinner

Track & Field State Qualifier (Ind. or Relay)

Wrestling Participant

Wrestling Letterwinner

Wrestling State Qualifier

Community/Academic/Athletic Honors

List your three most significant community service activities:

Other school activities

Athletic Achievements (Scholarships, school records, All-Conference, All-State, All-District, etc..)

Academic Achievements

What colleges are you considering attending?

State Tournament Participation

Essay: How would you best describe Dr. E. Wayne Cooley's definition of the "The Iowa Girl". (Limit your essay to 250 words)

Nominator Information

Nominator's Name

School Address:

Nominator's Email Address

School Position


Instructions: Signatures must be included with this document. When you have completed this application, please print out your application and mail it to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Applications MUST BE POSTMARKED BY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st, 2022 TO BE CONSIDERED. The IGHSAU mailing address is:

Cooley Scholarship Selection Jury
C/O Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
5000 Westown Parkway, Suite 150
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Nominator's Signature

Nominee's Signature