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The following scholarships are available to full-time first-year students entering the university directly from high school in the 2015-16.

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 2015 Presidential Scholarship Application will be available in September 2014.

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

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

    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 2014 tuition (resident tuition for 12 credit hours)
    • Nonresidents—up to $9,665, based on Summer 2014 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 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

    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

        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 25 for Summer Session and Fall Semester; December 19 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

        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

          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

          Tippie Scholars Program Scholarship

          At least 50 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, 2015

            Renewal:

            One-time award for incoming first-year students

            Contact: Tippie College of Business

            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 2, 2015

                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 12, 2014

                Renewal:

                One-time award for incoming first-year students only

                Contact: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

                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 12, 2014

                  Renewal:

                  One-time award for incoming first-year students only

                  Contact: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

                  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-$2,500, depending on the number of applicants and awards available (more than 300 were awarded in 2014-15)

                    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.

                    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