Scholarships for Iowa Colleges

Scholarships for Iowa Colleges

Drake University

 

Drake Physics Prize

 
The Drake Physics Prize Test is given to students in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. First prize in the test is a full, four year tuition scholarship to the Drake Physics and Astronomy department. A second four year tuition scholarship is offered to a runner-up (top 50 seniors) based on the academic record of the student, high school teacher and counselor recommendations, and the results of interviews held in April. High school students and teachers seeking more information should contact the department at 515-271-3141. 
 
 
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Going to ISU, U of I or UNI

 

Dale Schroeder Scholarship

 

 

Award:  up to $17,000

 

 

Deadline:   March 27

 

 

 

Application: Students complete their application online at,  www.act.org/daleschroeder.  The online application will be available from January 1 through March 27th.

 

Eligibility:

 
  • Graduating High School Senior with a GPA of at least 2.8.
  • Legal Resident of the State of Iowa
  • Reside in a community in Iowa that has a population between 1 and 10,000
  • Attend Iowa State University, the University of Iowa or the University of Northern Iowa, pursuing a bachelor’s degree
 
 
 
 

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Iowa Engineering Society Central Iowa Chapter Scholarship

 

Award: $500.00 or $1,000

 

Deadline: January 7

 

Application:http://www.iaengr.org/about_ies/scholarship_information  (2015 application not available yet)

 

Eligibility:

 

  • Must be a graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing an engineering degree. 
  • IES Chapter scholarships are primarily directed to qualified students with the talent and commitment to succeed in an undergraduate engineering curriculum, for which the financial support and encouragement can make a difference.
  • The scholarships are awarded only to US citizens who are residents of Iowa and who will be attending the College of Engineering at either Iowa State University or the University of Iowa.
  • The Central Iowa Chapter also gives special scholarship consideration to children or grandchildren of Iowa Engineering Society, Central Iowa Chapter members.

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Tim Dwight Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

 

Award: 1- 4-year scholarship, 1 or more $5000, 1 or more - $2500 & 1 or more $1000 scholarships available 

 

Deadline:

 

Application: Apply at:  http://timdwightcamp.com/Fscholarship.html (2015 application not yet available)

 

Eligibility:
  • Applicants must be e a United States citizen
  • Must be a graduating senior from an accredited Iowa high school
  • Must have applied to and ultimately be accepted by and enrolled in on a full-time basis (12 credits or more) one of the following accredited four-year universities:
    • the University of Iowa
    • Iowa State University
    • the University of Northern Iowa
  • submit official transcripts for grades 9 through 11( including class rank and cumulative GPA)
  • complete The Tim Dwight Foundation Inc. Scholarship Program Application in which the applicant provides evidence of the difficulties and challenges faced in achieving his/her goals during high school and the challenges the applicant will face while attending one of the above-listed universities.
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Grinnell College

Awards a minimum of $10,000 per year to every new enrolling student who is a resident of Iowa.
 
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Iowa State University 

 

ACACIA Leadership Scholarship

 

Award: Up to 15 $1000 Scholarships

 

Deadline: April 1

 

Application: For an application, click here. 

 

Eligibility:
  • Must be male
  • Must be planning on attending Iowa State University

The ACACIA Leadership Scholarship is designed to identify and reward outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated their ability to excel in the fields of academics, extra-curricular activities, and community involvement. The scholarship is available to any male, graduating senior who attends Iowa State University. Financial Need is NOT a criterion.

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Beta Sigma PSI Lutheran Fraternity-Epsilon Chapter - Darryl Jahn Memorial Scholarship

 

Award: Three $1500 scholarships

 

Deadline: Applications posted prior to February 21st, will be eligible for all three scholarships,  Applications posted prior to April 25th, will be eligible for the last two scholarships. All applications posted prior to July 1st will be eligible for the third scholarship only.

 

Application:  Applications can be found here. (2015 applications not yet available)

 

Eligibility:
  • Must be male
  • Must be Lutheran
  • Must be entering Iowa State University
  • Applicants will be evaluated on their scholastic achievement and active participation in their communities and churches.
Applicants are not required to join the fraternity to be eligible for the scholarship. Good luck and thank you for taking the time to apply.
 
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President’s Award for Competitive Excellence

This award is automatically awarded to all Iowa residents who are offered admission to Iowa State as freshmen entering directly from high school and who have successfully completed the college preparatory curriculum outlined below, including cumulative grade point average and test scores.

            To receive $8,000 ($2,000 for 4 years)

·         Math – Through 1 year of calculus (pre-calculus does NOT satisfy this requirement)

·         Science – 3 years from among biology, chemistry and physics

·         Foreign Language – 4 years of a single foreign language (through level 4 in HS, example: Spanish 4)

·         High School GPA – 3.30 (4-point scale) or higher

·         Test Score – ACT of at least 24 or SAT of at least 1240 (Critical Reading plus Math)

 

Academic Recognition Award (ARA)

This award is automatically awarded to all Iowa residents who are offered admission to Iowa State as freshmen entering directly from high school and who rank in the top 15% of their graduating class.

            ARA Level 1 : $6,000 ($1,500 for 4 years)

·         Rank in the top 10 % of graduating class or rank position 1 or 2.

 

ARA Level 2: $5,000 ($1,250 for 4 years)

·         Rank between the top 11th through 15th % of class

 

If you meet the requirements for both the President’s Award and the Academic Recognition Award, you will automatically be awarded the President’s Award for Competitive Excellence. You may NOT receive both awards.

 

Cardinal Scholar Award

            Amount: $1,000 (one time award)

The Cardinal Scholar Award is automatically awarded to Iowa residents who meet all of the following requirements:

·         Offered admission to Iowa State for fall semester 2013 as a freshmen entering directly from high school

·         Achieved a minimum 3.70 final high school cumulative GPA (on a 4-point scale)

·         Achieved a minimum 29 ACT composite score (or minimum 1290 SAT Critical Reading/Math combined score.

 

This one time, non-renewable award may be combined with the Academic Recognition Award or the President’s ACE.

 

Hixson Award (Iowa State University)

 

This scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who will be entering first-year students at Iowa State University in the Fall. This program will provide 100 undergraduates with half-tuition scholarships (estimated value of more than $14,000 over eight semesters). Selection is based on the student's county, eligibility and potential as demonstrated through the application, letter of recommendation, and financial need analysis. Students may major in any curriculum and must maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average for renewal. Recipients will be notified by May 1.
 
Scholarship Eligibility
  1. Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by filing the FAFSA.
    • In order to be considered for the Hixson Award, your FAFSA must be verified as complete when application review begins (approximately March 15).
    • A delay in meeting the deadlines below will affect your eligibility for the Hixson Award.
    • Complete the following by the suggested deadlines:
      • File federal income taxes by February 14.
      • File FAFSA by March 1 (Iowa State University deadline).
      • Select IRS data porting option when filing FAFSA.
      • Review and correct your Student Aid Report (SAR) promptly when returned from FAFSA or review the FAFSA status page at accessplus.iastate.edu.
      • If selected for further verification, it is your responsibility to complete the process in time for application review (approximately March 15).
  2. Applicant must have faced challenges of personal and/or financial hardship and demonstrate this information in the student essay, recommendation and FAFSA.
  3. Applicant must be a resident of Iowa.
  4. Applicant must be admissible to Iowa State University.
  5. Applicant must possess the potential to succeed.

 

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IowaState University Multicultural Vision Program Scholarship

 

Scholarship Amount:  Four years of full tuition

 

Date Due:  February 1

 

Apply at http://www.dso.iastate.edu/msa/mvp/application/

 

Criteria: 

If you are a minority Iowa high school senior who demonstrates potential in ways that go beyond class ranking or test scores, and plan on attending Iowa State University, you may wish to apply.

 

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Kirkwood Community College

 

The foundation of Kirkwood’s vision is to provide accessible education to everyone. Part of making education accessible is making it affordable.

We give more than $2 million annually in scholarships to students from all walks of life. County Center students, adult learners, young people straight from high school – everyone at Kirkwood is eligible to apply.

The 2014-2015 online scholarship application will be available October 1 - March 15.

 
Fill out the online application here.

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University of Iowa 

Automatic Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to full-time first-year students entering the university directly from high school in the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

Presidential Scholarship Program

For incoming first-year students

  • Value: $40,000 ($10,000 a year for up to four years)
  • Minimum Requirements: 30 ACT (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330)AND a 3.80 grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale
  • Application Process: Presidential Scholarship Online Application
  • Deadline: December 9, 2013
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to four years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain full-time enrollment each semester and maintain a 3.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions

Old Gold Scholarship

For incoming first-year students

  • Value: $12,000 ($3,000 a year for up to four years)
  • Minimum Requirements: 30 ACT (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330)AND a 3.80 grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale
  • Application Process: None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to four years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain full-time enrollment each semester and maintain a 3.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions

Iowa Scholars Award

For incoming first-year students who are Iowa residents. There are two levels of award. If you meet the minimum requirements for both awards, you will automatically be awarded Level I.

  • Value:
    • Level I: $8,000 ($2,000 a year for up to four years)
    • Level II: $4,000 ($1,000 a year for up to four years)
  • Minimum Requirements:
    • Level I: 27 ACT ( or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1210) AND a 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale  OR 30 ACT (or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330) AND a 3.70 GPA on a 4.00 scale
    • Level II: 25 ACT (or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1130 ) AND a  3.5 GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • Application Process: None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.
  • Renewal: Renewal: Renewable for up to four years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain full-time enrollment each semester and maintain a 2.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions
Note: First-year students planning to major in the College of Engineering may also be eligible for the Engineering@Iowa Scholars Award. See details below.
 

University of Iowa National Scholars Award (NSA)

For incoming nonresident students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents

  • Value: $19,288 ($4,822 a year for up to four years; if tuition increases, the scholarship will increase by the same percent)
  • Minimum Requirements: If your high school ranks, a Regent Admission Index score of 290; if your high school does not rank, a 26 ACT (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1170) AND a 3.60 GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • Application Process: None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to four years or until your receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa, maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average, and continue to pay nonresident tuition.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions
 

Advantage Iowa Award

For first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose enrollment will contribute to a diverse learning environment

  • Value: Up to full undergraduate tuition (amount may increase if the student demonstrates need through the financial aid application process)
  • Minimum Requirements: The award is based on merit (test scores, GPA, class rank). Criteria may include one or more of these: student's race/ethnic background; socioeconomic factors; whether the student is a first-generation college student (parents have not graduated from college); participation in a federally funded Upward Bound program.
  • Application Process: None. Students are considered automatically upon admission.
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to four years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you maintain full-time enrollment and a 2.50 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions

Provost Scholarship

For National Merit finalists who designate the University Iowa as their first-choice institution

  • Value: $12,000 ($3,000 a year) through a combination of the National Merit Scholarship and the Provost Scholarship
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to four years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa and remain in good academic standing.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions

For National Achievement Finalists who designate the University of Iowa as their first-choice institution

  • Value: $12,000 ($3,000 a year)
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to four years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa and remain in good academic standing.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions

For National Hispanic Scholars who enroll at Iowa

  • Value: $12,000 ($3,000 a year)
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to four years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa and remain in good academic standing.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions

Tippie Scholars Program Scholarship

Up to 30 awards for students who qualify for Direct Admission to the Tippie College of Business and apply to the Tippie Scholars Program

Engineering First Year Scholarship

For students majoring in engineering who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and whose enrollment will contribute to a diverse learning environment, including race/ethnic background and gender.

  • Value: $1,000-$3,000, depending on the number of applicants and awards available (more than 100 were awarded in 2013-14)
  • Minimum Requirements: Successful applicants typically have a 28 ACT (or combined critical reading and math score of 1250) or a 3.70 GPA on a 4.00 scale)
  • Application: Engineering Excellence Scholarship Application
  • Deadline: January 31, 2015. For early consideration submit application by December 15, 2014
  • Renewal: One-time award for first-year engineering students
  • Contact: College of Engineering

Engineering@Iowa Scholars Award

For incoming first-year students majoring in engineering who are Iowa residents

  • Value: $1,000
  • Minimum Requirements: 27 ACT (or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1210) AND a 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale; OR a 30 ACT (or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330) AND a 3.70 GPA on a 4.00 scale.
  • Application Process: None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.
  • Renewal: One-time award for first-year engineering students
  • Contact: Office of Admissions

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence Award

For up to two selected Old Gold Scholars with a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Value: Up to $2,000
  • Minimum Requirements: 30 ACT (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330) AND a 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • Deadline: December 6, 2014
  • Renewal: One-time award for incoming first-year students only
  • Recipients: Announced in May 2014
  • Contact: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship

One award for the top-ranking alternate in the Presidential Scholarship competition who is majoring in a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences program

  • Value: Up to $2,000
  • Minimum Requirements: 30 ACT (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330) AND a 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • Deadline: December 6, 2014
  • Renewal: One-time award for incoming first-year students only
  • Recipients: Announced in May 2014
  • Contact: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

Up to 5 awards for select National Merit Finalists majoring in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences programs

Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarship

Two awards for incoming first-year students who are Iowa residents majoring in chemistry or physics

Summer Hawk Tuition Grant

Provides a summer-session scholarship for undergraduate students who first enroll as first-year students at Iowa in Summer or Fall 2014 or after

  • Value: 
    • Iowa residents—up to $3,339, based on Summer 2013 tuition (resident tuition for 12 credit hours)
    • Nonresidents—up to $9,435, based on Summer 2013 tuition (difference between resident and nonresident tuition for 12 credit hours)
    • Students are responsible for any fees associated with enrollment
  • Minimum Requirements: Students must have enrolled in at least 24 credit hours the previous academic year at the University of Iowa.
  • Application: None. First-year, first-time students admitted for Summer or Fall 2014 are eligible to receive the grant during a single summer but must use it within four years of initial enrollment (no later than summer 2018) and before receiving an undergraduate degree.
  • Renewal: This is a nonrenewable, one-time award for up to 12 credit hours during a single summer.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions
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Pearl Hull Falk Scholarships

Award: 65 - 70 $400 scholarships available

Deadline: May 1

Application Application can be found here

Eligibility:    

  • Each recipient must be of the Protestant faith
  • Must be a resident of the state of Iowa
  • Must be a full time students at the University of Iowa
 

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa offers scholarships each year to deserving students, on the basis of merit and/or achievement. Many scholarships consider financial need based on FAFSA results. Scholarship selection is competitive; not all applicants will receive a scholarship. Scholarships require full-time enrollment and maintaining specific grade point requirements.

Not sure where or how to begin your scholarship search? For scholarship consideration, complete the UNI Scholarship Application. This one application allows both current and incoming students to apply for scholarships available in specific majors and other University departments. The deadline for most scholarships is January 15. The UNI Scholarship Directory is also a helpful tool designed to assist students in searching for scholarships.

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming freshmen should complete the UNI Scholarship Application to receive full consideration for all scholarships at UNI.  This application allows students to apply for scholarships available in specific majors and other University departments.  January 15 is the deadline for the majority of scholarships, however the following areas have deadlines that vary:

Many additional scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.  Click here for a complete listing and criteria of these awards. 

The University of Northern Iowa offers a variety of scholarships to high-achieving students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance during their high school career.

The following Select Scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and are awarded annually.

Transfer Students

Transfer Scholars Award: These $1,000 one year awards are available to incoming transfer students.  If selected, students are notified following full admission to the university.  To be considered, students must be admitted to UNI with 30 transferable hours and have on record a GPA of 3.25 or better at the time of scholarship awarding. 

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships: A $1,000 scholarship for new transfer students who have earned 30 or more semester hours (after high school graduation) at the time of application, have maintained a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and hold membership in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  Must complete a PTK Transfer Scholarship Confirmation form, available at www.uni.edu/admissions/forms.  Scholarships may be renewed for a second year if a student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0and continuous full-time enrollment at UNI.  Priority is given to students admitted before March 15.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All Iowa Academic Scholarships: A $2,000 scholarship awarded to students named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Iowa Academic Team.  This scholarship is renewable for a second year with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment.  Visit www.ptk.org/scholarships for more information. 

Roy J. Carver Scholarships: This $5,200 per year scholarship is awarded to students that have overcome difficult obstacles in their life.  Applicants must have junior level standing.  Apply by April 1 and receive additional information by visiting www.carvertrust.org. 

All other scholarships at UNI require the completion of the UNI Scholarship Application. This application allows students to apply for scholarships available in specific majors and other University departments.