First Year Students

Check the list below for all of the opportunities available for first-year students to help finance their engineering education.  If you have any questions about our scholarships, please feel free to contact us at

General Merit Scholarships

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

Fall 2020 Incoming Engineering Students

  1. Automatic Merit Scholarships
    • ACT Composite of 33 or higher/SAT Combined score of 1450 or higher and
    • GPA of 3.7 or higher

Award details
– Iowa residents: $2,600/year
– Domestic non-Iowa residents: at least $5,250/year
– Automatically receive an offer for a 2 year (4 semester) guaranteed* award

  1. Application-based (invited) Scholarships

Application opens September 1, 2019.
Deadline is December 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM for students who have been invited to complete this scholarship application!

    • ACT Composite of 28 or higher/SAT Combined score of 1300 or higher or high school GPA of 3.60 or higher
    • Excluded from eligibility if Automatic Merit criteria is already met
    • Postcard invitations and emails with detailed application instructions sent to eligible students
    • Scholarship application must be completed by December 3, 2018 to be considered for an award

Award details
– Iowa residents: $1,600/year
– Domestic non-Iowa residents: at least $3,250/year
– Guaranteed* for 2 years (4 semesters) if selected

Students must accept the offer of admission by May 1, 2020 in order to receive any scholarship they may be offered.

* Students are required to maintain a 2.70 cumulative GPA, remain enrolled in the College of Engineering, and complete an online scholarship application between November 2020 and February 2021 to continue the award their second year.

Office of Student Financial Aid

Explore the Financial Aid website for information related to:

Learn & Earn

Many jobs are available through the College Work Study (CWS) program for students who meet financial-need requirements as determined by the FASFA and the criteria of individual employers for available work-study positions.

File the FAFSA between October 1 and December 1. Be sure to indicate your interest in Federal Work Study on the FAFSA because preference in hiring is given to those who meet financial-need requirements as determined by FAFSA.


Contact Us

Engineering Students Services
1300 Marston Hall
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: (515) 294-9295
(800) 262-3810 ext. 9295,
Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. CST
E-mail: engineeringscholarships