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 2019 Incoming Engineering Students

Automatic Merit Scholarships

  • ACT Composite of 33 or higher/SAT Combined score of 1450 or higher
  • GPA of 3.8 or higher

Award details
– Iowa residents: $2,500/year
– Domestic non-Iowa residents: $5,000/year
– Automatically receive an offer for a 2 year (4 semester) guaranteed* award

Students must accept the offer of admission by May 1, 2019 in order to receive any scholarship they may be offered.

* Students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, remain enrolled in the College of Engineering, and complete an online scholarship application in January 2020 to continue the award their second year.

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 2019. The scholarship would be for the 2019-2020 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 2018-2019 season to be eligible. Students who apply and are selected to receive this award must officially accept their offer to ISU by May 1, 2019 to be guaranteed funding.

Fall 2019 Scholarships for FIRST® Students

FIRST® scholarships are available to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Current senior, eligible to attend college fall of 2019
  • Must be a member of a FIRST® Team for the 2018-2019 season
  • ACT composite of 28 or higher or an SAT combined score of 1320 or higher
  • Admitted to Iowa State University with a major in Engineering
  • Iowa resident

ISU Net-ID is required to log on to the scholarship application website. To register for an ISU Net-ID:

  • Go to
  • Click on Register your Net-ID
  • Follow the steps provided.
    • You will need your 9 digit University ID to register, found in the packet detailing your acceptance to Iowa State that was mailed to you
    • If you do not have access to your University ID, call our Admissions Office at 800-262-3810. (We do not give this information via email for security purposes.)
  • If you have any issues or questions about this process while completing it, please contact the Information Technology Solution Center at 515-294-4000 or
  • It can sometimes take overnight for the account to become fully activated, so we recommend waiting overnight and attempting your first login the following day after  creating the Net-ID.

Once you have your Net-ID, you will be able to complete the FIRST® Scholarship application.

The application can be found at, and the deadline to apply is April 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

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