DES MOINES — State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced Friday that the application for the 2019 Robert D. Blue Scholarship is available online at rdblue.org. Graduates of any Iowa high school who plan to attend college in Iowa for the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to apply. Awards are based on financial need, an original essay, academic achievement and written recommendations. “These scholarships not only help Iowa students financially, but also honor the achievements and potential of the young people of our state,” Fitzgerald stated. “Last year, nine $500 scholarships were awarded to nine outstanding students. Each of the recipients represents a different community from across our state and all of them went on to attend an Iowa college or university.” The Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation awards the Robert D. Blue Scholarship to Iowa students attending college in Iowa. Governor Blue created the Foundation in 1949 to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Iowa’s acceptance into the union. At that time, a scholarship fund was established to encourage the youth of the state to attend Iowa’s fine colleges and universities. In 1990, the Foundation officially named the scholarship to honor the late Governor Blue. Robert D. Blue Scholarship applications are only accepted online through May 10 at rdblue.org. The winners will be announced during the summer. Those who would like more information on the Robert D. Blue Scholarship should visit the website or call the treasurer’s office at (515) 281-7003.