First Year Students

More than $500,000 is distributed annually among qualified engineering first-year students for merit scholarships. Most are renewable for an additional year if a minimum GPA is maintained and academic progress is made.

General Merit Scholarships

Fall 2021 Incoming Engineering Students

The deadline to submit a Fall 2021 incoming freshman engineering scholarship application has passed.

Applications that were submitted by the deadline are currently under review, and students will be notified of the decision by mid-February.

FIRST® Scholarships

The College of Engineering is sponsoring FIRST® scholarships with a value of $1,000 each for high school seniors planning to enroll for Fall 2021.

FIRST® Scholarship requirements
Fall 2021 Scholarships for FIRST® Students

The scholarship would be for the 2021-2022 academic year and the award would be split evenly between the fall and spring semesters. A limited number of awards are available. Students must be a member of a FIRST® Team for the 2020-2021 season to be eligible. Students who apply and are selected to receive this award must officially accept their offer to Iowa State by May 1, 2021 to be guaranteed funding.


  • Current high school senior, eligible to attend college fall of 2021
  • Must be a member of a FIRST® Team for the 2020-2021 season
  • High School GPA of 3.6 or higher
  • Admitted to Iowa State University with a major in Engineering
  • Iowa resident
FIRST® Scholarship application
FIRST® Scholarship Application

  • Scholarship application must be completed by April 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM to be considered for an award.

What account do I use to sign in and apply?

  • Students who have already accepted their offer of admission will use their Net-ID account [netid]
  • If you have been admitted to Iowa State, but have not yet accepted your offer of admission, you will use your Admissions account.
    • Your Admissions account was created when you either registered for a campus visit or submitted your application for admission. You will be asked to convert your Admissions account to a Net-ID after you accept your offer of admission.

Register for a NetID

  • After you have accepted your offer of admission, the next time you sign into your My Account page with your Admissions account, you will be prompted to register your Net-ID.
  • Use your 9 digit University ID to register.
  • Found in the acceptance packet that was mailed to you.
    • If you lost your packet, call our Admissions Office at 800-262-3810. (For security purposes, University IDs are not given via email.)
    • Contact the Solution Center if you experience a problem registering.
  • A confirmation screen will appear if you have successfully registered your Net-ID and converted your existing Admissions account to your university Net-ID. Your new Net-ID should be used to sign into all university systems.

It can sometimes take overnight for the account to become fully activated. It is recommended to wait overnight and attempt your first login the following day after creating the Net-ID.

Office of Student Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid has a wealth of resources ready to help you finance your education, including university scholarships, grants, loans, net tuition calculators, and more.

International Education Programs

Some scholarships are available specifically for study abroad experiences.

Contact Us

Engineering Student Services
1300 Marston Hall
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9295
8:00 AM–5:00 PM CST