Do you want, or need, to take a year off before entering a post-secondary school?

Perhaps you have every intention of attending a post-secondary school this fall. Suppose, however, you have met our deadlines, and have been awarded funds from Pella Dollars for Scholars, but an unforeseen circumstance forces you to delay your entrance for a year.

Your need for delay may be driven by financial reasons, a family emergency, the availability of your program of study, the decision to enlist in the military, to participate in an organized church mission program, work in a government sponsored program, or a variety of other personal reasons.

Would you like to receive Dollars for Scholars funds a year from now?

Then our One Year Deferment Program is for you!

Pella Dollars for Scholars developed our One Year Deferment Program to help students cope with the variety of circumstances that may lead to a decision to defer beginning post-secondary education for up to one year after the start of the academic year following high school graduation.

The Details 

A graduated senior who has been awarded Pella Dollars for Scholars funds and later wishes to take advantage of the One Year Deferment Program may do so by:

  • Notifying the Pella Dollars for Scholars Board by July 1 of the year in which the award was made.
    • ​We will hold your funds for up to one year.
  • The notification must be made in writing and must be made not later than July 1st of the same year as the student's high school graduation.
  • Before the student enters the post-secondary school following the one-year deferment, it is the student's responsibility to notify the Pella Dollars for Scholars treasurer indicating what school the student will be attending and request that his or her Pella Dollars for Scholars award be applied to the student account at that school.

Any questions concerning this program should be addressed directly to:

Pella Dollars for Scholars program

P.O. Box 131

Pella, IA  50219


You may call (641) -230-3757  and leave a message.  A board member will return your call.