Scholarships and Fellowships

Undergraduate Scholarships and Fellowships:

  • Division of Student Affairs Scholarships & Funding – The Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs annually awards scholarships.
  • George Washington Carver Scholarship – In addition to financial support received through the scholarship award, George Washington Carver (GWC) scholars register and participate in The Carver Academy. The Carver Academy is structured to enhance, encourage, and support its participants’ academic, social, and cultural activities throughout their college experience.
  • Hixson Opportunity Awards – The Hixson Opportunity Award is a half-tuition grant (estimated value of more than $15,000 over eight semesters) to be used at Iowa State University. One hundred high school seniors from across Iowa will receive the award each year. Ideally, recipients will represent each county in the state.
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Iowa Illinois Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education (IINSPIRE) – The Iowa Illinois Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education (IINSPIRE) is an NSF LSAMP alliance among 16 two-year and four-year colleges and universities working together to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education the Midwest.  In particular addressing the need to remove the barriers impeding student progress and success in STEM fields before education and workforce disparities widen.
  • Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) – The Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) Award grants full-tuition for eight (8) semesters of full-time study to one hundred (100) incoming students of color each year. The scholarship is open to high school seniors of color, who are residents of the state of Iowa and who demonstrate academic potential in ways that go beyond class ranking or test scores.
  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program – The program is designed to increase the number of underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students obtaining a Ph.D. This goal is achieved by exposing them to research and preparing them for the graduate school experience.

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships:

  • Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – The primary goals of the ISU AGEP program are to (a) significantly increase the number of underrepresented minorities obtaining graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and (b) enhance the preparation of underrepresented minorities for entry into the professoriate.
  • Diane Brandt Scholarship for Women – financial assistance for women in science, engineering, math, and other fields in which women have traditionally been underrepresented.
  • George Washington Carver Doctoral Fellowship – The fellowship is designed to assist in the national effort of increasing the number of PhD degrees earned by underrepresented minority students across all academic areas. It is among the university’s most prestigious awards offered to graduate students.
  • George A. Jackson Award – financial assistance for masters and doctoral students who identify as African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latinx, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
  • Iowa State Ronald E. McNair Scholarship – financial assistance for students who are current or past participants in the federally funded Ronald E. McNair Postbaccaluareate Achievement Program.
  • Graduate Minority Assistantship Program (GMAP) – Funding for your graduate study can come from several sources. Through your academic program of study, GMAP offers financial assistance to US citizens who are members of ethnic groups historically underrepresented in American higher education.
  • National GEM Consortium – GEM is a national consortium of universities and companies that offers a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance.

Graduate Fellowship Opportunities from the following sources:

Area of Study/Discipline

Government Agencies

Major Corporations and Foundations

Postdoctoral Research

Study Abroad