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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

Deadline:

The deadline has passed for the 2014 Presidential Scholarship.
View a list of our 2014 Presidential Scholars.

Renewal:

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

Contact: Office of Admissions

Iowa Heritage Award

For incoming nonresident students who have a parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or grandparent who graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree

Value:

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

Application:

Iowa Heritage Award Online Application

Deadline:

May 16 for Summer Session and Fall Semester; December 20 for Spring Semester

Renewal:

Renewable for up to four 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, maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average, and continue to pay nonresident tuition.

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:

    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 continuous full-time enrollment each semester and maintain a 3.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

    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 9, 2013

      Renewal:

      One-time award for incoming first-year students only

      Contact: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

      Recipients announced in May 2013.

      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 9, 2013

      Renewal:

      One-time award for incoming first-year students only

      Contact: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

      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

        Value:

        $2,000-$3,000

        Minimum Requirements:

        27 ACT (or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1210) AND 3.70 GPA on 4.00 scale

        Application:

         Tippie Scholars Program Scholarship Application

        Deadline:

        March 1, 2014

        Renewal:

        One-time award for incoming first-year students

        Contact: Tippie College of Business

        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 2013 or after.
        Summer Hawk Tuition Grant FAQ
         

        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 2013 are eligible to receive the grant during a single summer but must use it within four years of initial enrollment (no later than summer 2017) 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

        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:
        • National Merit Finalists: Renewable for up to four 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.
        • National Achievement Finalists: Renewable for up to four 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.
        • National Hispanic Scholars: Renewable for up to four 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

        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:

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

          Renewal:

          For students entering fall 2014, this is renewable for up to four years or until you receive your bachelor's degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester and maintain a 2.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

          Contact: Office of Admissions

          University of Iowa National Scholars Award (NSA)

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

            Value:

            $19,640 ($4,910 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:

            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 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

            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:
              • Iowa residents—$2,000 to full undergraduate tuition (amount may increase based on demonstrated financial need)
              • Nonresidents—$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 up to four years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment and a 2.50 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

              Contact: Office of Admissions

              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, 2014. For early consideration submit application by December 15, 2013

                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:

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

                  Renewal:

                  One-time award for first-year engineering students

                  Contact: Office of Admissions

                  William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

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

                    Value:

                    Up to $2,000 a year for up to four years

                    Contact: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

                    Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarship

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

                      Value:

                      Covers resident tuition, fees, and books

                      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

                      Application:

                       Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarship Application

                      Deadline:

                      February 3, 2014

                      Contact: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences