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Scholarships for First-Year Students

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The following scholarships are available to full-time first-year students who are entering the university for the first time in fall 2016. These scholarships do not apply to incoming transfer students.

Select merit-based scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions do not stack. This is noted in the descriptions below. If a student meets the minimum requirements for multiple awards, they will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest dollar value. These scholarships do not apply to incoming transfer students. Please see the Scholarship and Grant Policies for information on awarding of the following scholarships.

Presidential Scholarship Program

For incoming first-year students (non-stackable)

Value:

Iowa residents: Up to $74,000 (up to $18,500 a year up to four years)

Nonresidents:   Up to $80,000 (up to $20,000 a year 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:

The 2016 Presidential Scholarship application will be available by September 15, 2015.

Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2016 Presidential Scholarship is December 21, 2015.

Renewal:

Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester and a 3.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

 

Contact: Honors Program

Old Gold Scholarship

For incoming first-year students (non-stackable)

Value:

Iowa residents: $34,000 ($8,500 a year up to four years)

Nonresidents:   $40,000 ($10,000 a year 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:

None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

Renewal:

Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester and a 3.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Summer Hawk Tuition Grant

Provides a summer-session scholarship for undergraduate students who first enroll as new freshmen (directly from high school) at Iowa in Summer or Fall 2013 or after.
Summer Hawk Tuition Grant FAQ
 

Value:

Iowa residents: up to $3,339, based on Summer 2015 tuition (resident tuition for 12 credit hours)

Nonresidents:   up to $9,893, based on Summer 2015 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 and paid tuition as a full-time undergraduate student for each of the previous two semesters (fall and spring) in order to qualify for the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant.

Application:

None. New freshmen who enrolled summer 2013 and after are eligible to receive the grant during a single summer but must use it within four years of initial enrollment 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

Iowa Scholars Award

For incoming first-year students who are Iowa residents (non-stackable)

    Value:

    $14,000 ($3,500 a year for up to four years)

    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

    30 ACT (or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330) AND a 3.70 GPA on a 4.00 scale.

    Application:

     None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

    Renewal:

    Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor's degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester and a 2.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

    Contact: Office of Admissions

    Hawkeye Achievement Award

    For incoming first-year students who are Iowa residents (non-stackable)

    Value:

    $8,000 ($2,000 a year for up to four years)

    Minimum Requirements:

    25 ACT (or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1130 ) AND a  3.2 GPA on a 4.00 scale.

    Application:

     None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

    Renewal:

    Renewable an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor's degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester and a 2.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

    Contact: Office of Admissions

    University of Iowa National Scholars Award (NSA)

    For incoming first-year nonresident students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (non-stackable)

      Value:

      $20,000 ($5,000 a year for up to four years)

      Minimum Requirements:

      26 ACT (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1170) AND a 3.60 GPA on a 4.00 scale

      Application:

      None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

      Renewal:

      Renewable for an additional three years or until your receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous 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

      Old Capitol Achievement Award

      For incoming first-year nonresident students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (non-stackable)

      Value:

      $8,000 ($2,000 a year for up to four years)

      Minimum Requirements:

      24 ACT (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1090) AND a 3.5 GPA on a 4.00 scale;

      OR

      26 ACT (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1170) and 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

      Application:

      None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

      Renewal:

      Renewable for an additional three years or until your receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous 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

      Iowa Heritage Award

      For incoming students who have a parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or grandparent who have conferred a University of Iowa degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree)

      Value:

      $6,000 ($1,500 a year for up to four years)

      Application:

      The 2016 Iowa Heritage Award application will be available in early October 2016.

      Deadline:

      May 31 for Summer Session and Fall Semester; December 31 for Spring Semester

      Renewal:

      Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa and a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

      Contact: Office of Admissions

      Advantage Iowa Award

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

        Value:

        $2,000 to $8,000 (amount may increase based on demonstrated financial need)

        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:

        None. Students are considered automatically upon admission.

        Renewal:

        Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment and a 2.0 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
        For National Achievement finalists who designate the University of Iowa as their first-choice institution
        For National Hispanic Scholars who enroll at Iowa

        Value:
        • National Merit Finalists: $12,000 ($3,000 a year) through a combination of the National Merit Scholarship and the Provost Scholarship
        • National Achievement Finalists: $12,000 ($3,000 a year)
        • National Hispanic Scholars: $12,000 ($3,000 a year)
        Renewal:

        Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa and remain in good academic standing.

        Contact: Office of Admissions

        President's Heritage Award

        For incoming first-year students who applied for the Presidential Scholarship and who have a parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or grandparent who conferred a University of Iowa degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree) 

        Value:

        $6,000 ($1,500 a year for up to four years)

        Minimum Requirements:

        Iowa Heritage recipient and eligible Presidential Scholarship applicant which requires a 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:

        Admitted students who have been awarded an Iowa Heritage Award and submitted a Presidential Scholarship Application will be contacted via email regarding the President’s Heritage Award competitive application process.

        Deadline:

        The deadline to apply for the 2016 President’s Heritage Award is March 6, 2016.

        Renewal:

        Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa and a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

        Contact: Office of Admissions

        Iowa Boost Award

        For incoming first-year, first-time undergraduate Iowa residents who are full-time students and receive a Federal Pell Grant

        Value:

        $4,000 ($1,000 a year for up to four years)

        Application:

        A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted in order to be considered for a federal Pell Grant. Full-time Iowa residents who qualify for a federal Pell Grant will automatically be awarded the Iowa Boost Award and will see the award reflected on the UI Financial Aid award notification.

        Deadline:

        Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.

        Renewal:

        This award is renewable for an additional three years or until the student receives their bachelor's degree (whichever comes first) provided the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa, receives a federal Pell Grant, and maintains a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade point average.

        Contact: Office of Student Financial Aid

        Iowa Abroad Scholarship

        For degree seeking Iowa residents enrolled as full-time undergraduate students. Provides a one-time study abroad scholarship to students who first enroll as first-year students at Iowa in Summer 2015 or after

        Value:

        $1,000

        Minimum Requirements:

        Students must complete at least 24 semester hours of credit at the University of Iowa and must participate in an approved study abroad program worth at least 3 semester hours of credit.

        Application:

        None. First-year, first-time students admitted for Summer 2015 or after will receive the scholarship when they register for a study abroad program prior to receiving an undergraduate degree.

        Renewal:

        This is a nonrenewable, one-time award for students in an approved study abroad program.

        Contact: International Programs

        Tippie First Year Scholarships

        For incoming first-year students who qualify for Direct Admission to the Tippie College of Business and apply to the Tippie First Year Scholarships

          Value:

          $2,000-$3,000

          Minimum Requirements:

          26 ACT (or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1170) AND 3.60 GPA on 4.00 scale

          Application:

          Application will be available in November 2015.

          Deadline:

          January 1, 2016

          Renewal:

          One-time award for incoming first-year students

          Contact: Tippie College of Business

          Engineering First Year Scholarship

          For incoming first-year 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-$2,500, depending on the number of applicants and awards available.

            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:

            Application will be available in November 2015.

            Deadline:

            January 31, 2016

            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 (one-time)

              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 

              30 ACT (or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330) AND a 3.70 GPA on a 4.00 scale.

              Application:

              None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students beginning in early October 2015.

              Renewal:

              One-time award for first-year engineering students

              Contact: Office of Admissions