The following scholarships are available to full-time first-year students who are entering the university for the first time in fall 2017. 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.

Determination of merit-based scholarship eligibility will only consider test scores administered through February 2017 of the senior year and 7th semester (or 2nd trimester) grade point average. March 1, 2017 is the deadline for students to apply for admission in order to be considered for these scholarships. April 1, 2017 is the deadline to submit an updated transcript and/or official test score for scholarship reconsideration

Presidential Scholarship

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:

32 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1450*/SAT critical reading + math score of 1400**) AND a 3.85 grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale

Application:

The 2017 Presidential Scholarship application will be available on the Iowa Scholarship Portal September 15, 2016.

Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Presidential Scholarship is November 28, 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 3.33 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 SAT EBRW+M score of 1390*/SAT CR+M score of 1330**) AND a 3.80 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 at the University of Iowa and 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 (non-stackable)

Value:

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

Minimum Requirements:

27 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1280*/SAT CR+M score of 1210**) AND a 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale;

OR

30 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1390*/SAT CR+M 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 at the University of Iowa 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 SAT EBRW+M score of 1200*/SAT CR+M score of 1130**) AND a 3.20 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 at the University of Iowa and a 2.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

Contact: Office of Admissions

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 SAT EBRW+M score of 1240*/SAT CR+M 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 SAT EBRW+M score of 1160*/SAT CR+M score of 1090**) AND a 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale;

OR

26 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1240*/SAT CR+M score of 1170**) AND a 3.40 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

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:

Application will be available on our Iowa Scholarship Portal on September 15, 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

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 and GPA). 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 at the University of Iowa 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 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 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

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 $3,439 based on Summer 2016 tuition (resident tuition for 12 credit hours)

Nonresidents:  up to $10,044 based on Summer 2016 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. First-year,first-time students 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

Collegiate and Departmental Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships above that are awarded by the Office of Admissions, there are a variety of scholarships administered by University of Iowa colleges and departments for the incoming new student as well as the continuing University of Iowa student. Expand your search using the links below.