First Year Students

More than $1 million 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

The Fall 2022 incoming freshman engineering scholarship application is now closed. Applications are being reviewed, and notifications will go out by the end of January.

Scholarship Offer Information:

Award Details
  • Iowa residents: $2,600/year
  • Domestic non-Iowa residents: $5,250/year
  • Guaranteed* for 2 years (4 semesters) if selected

Acceptance and Renewal

Students must accept the offer of admission by May 1, 2022 in order to receive any scholarship they may be offered.

*Students are required to achieve a 2.7 Fall 2021 cumulative GPA, remain enrolled in the College of Engineering, and complete an online scholarship application between November 1, 2022 and February 1, 2023 to continue the award their second year.

Kiewit Scholars Program

The deadline for incoming fall 2022 freshmen to apply has passed. Applications are being reviewed, and notifications will go out by early February.

The Kiewit Scholars Program at Iowa State University is for exceptional engineering students who display an interest in, and passion for, design and construction engineering fields. The program includes both scholarship support (renewable up to five years) and annual programming that focuses on strengthening leadership, team building and professionalism skills towards careers in the design and construction industry.

Selection of Kiewit Scholars occurs during the spring of the each year and includes incoming freshman as well as existing students, allowing for the identification and support of early and emerging leaders.

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 2022.

FIRST® Scholarship requirements
Fall 2022 Scholarships for FIRST® Students

This scholarship is for the 2022-2023 academic year and the award will 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 2021-2022 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, 2022 to be guaranteed funding.


  • Current high school senior, eligible to attend college fall of 2022
  • 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, 2022 at 11:59 PM to be considered for an award.

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
533 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9295
8:00 AM–5:00 PM CST