The Larry W. Carter Scholarship

The Larry W. Carter Scholarship is available to any qualifying Black Iowa resident enrolled in a full- or part-time college program, at either the undergraduate or graduate level.  Applications are available each year in the spring.

Apply for the Larry W. Carter Scholarship

“The goal of the Larry W. Carter Scholarship Fund is to provide an annual tuition grant to qualified applicants each year.  With generous help from other members of our community, my dream is that this fund will grow and provide even more scholarships.”

-Larry W. Carter

About Larry W. Carter

Larry W. Carter was born August 7, 1937, in Kansas City, Missouri. He moved to Des Moines at an early age and was educated in the Des Moines Public School system. He was the first African American to enroll and graduate from the Intermountain School of Telegraphy. He also attended St. Louis University, Drake University and was a graduate of the Marquette University Advanced School of Management and the Management Development Institute.

Mr. Carter was employed by Norwest Financial, Inc. for more than 27 years and was responsible for five corporate departments. He eventually became Assistant Vice President of Administrative Services, making him one of the highest ranking Black corporate officers in Des Moines.

Mr. Carter’s community activism included serving on boards of directors for many businesses, social organizations and commissions. He served four terms on the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mr. Carter had the longest tenure of any president in the history of the Des Moines NAACP branch, serving for 12 years in that leadership role.

Mr. Carter worked on special committees and political campaigns at the local, state and national levels of government while tirelessly working with minority small business development and volunteer programs in various capacities. Mr. Carter participated in the Million Man March in Washington D.C. and had long been a spokesperson for justice and civil rights groups in Iowa and across the country.

Awards and Honors:

1997 Iowa African American Hall of Fame
1996 Iowa Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year
1993 Larry W. Carter Scholarship Fund Established
Former man of the Year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America


You can support Black students pursuing higher education by making a contribution to this fund.  Click here to donate online. Please send donations to:  Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, 1915 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.


Thank you for your interest in the Larry W. Carter Scholarship.  The annual application deadline is May 1.  Recipients will be notified in July. Click here to apply online.