Dubuque Senior High School and Hempstead High School will participate in this year’s Iowa College Application Campaign, a statewide program sponsored by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. It is part of a national effort to encourage high school seniors to start the college application process.

As part of Iowa’s college access initiative, Senior High School will work with its seniors to complete and submit at least one college application during events being held October 21 and 22 from 7-11 a.m. Hempstead High School will host a series of events from October 27-31 to also encourage applications, including scavenger hunt, discussions about post-secondary education and dedicated application times from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Oct. 31.

The goal of the program is to get more students applying to Iowa colleges early in their senior year. During this event, students may apply to any of Iowa’s 15 community colleges, 3 public universities, and the more than 30 independent colleges and universities in which they are interested.

Hundreds of students are expected to participate in the events at Dubuque’s two public high schools.

“College Application Campaign can open the door for students by encouraging them to take a significant step toward college,” stated Karen Misjak, executive director of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, the state agency sponsoring the program. As educational attainment increases, income also increases and the percent of Iowa’s population living in poverty decreases, said Misjak.

Guidance counselors in the Dubuque schools are available for media interviews regarding the campaign. Media requesting additional information, or wishing to set up an interview, should contact the DCSD School and Community Relations Office at (563)552-3020.