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

The deadline has passed for this scholarship application – applications are currently being reviewed.

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.

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 2020. The scholarship would be for the 2020-2021 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 2019-2020 season to be eligible. Students who apply and are selected to receive this award must officially accept their offer to ISU by May 1, 2020 to be guaranteed funding.

Fall 2020 Scholarships for FIRST® Students

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

  • Current high school senior, eligible to attend college fall of 2020
  • Must be a member of a FIRST® Team for the 2019-2020 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, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

External Opportunity: ITE Diversity Scholarship

The ITE Diversity Scholars Program strives to increase underrepresented populations participatoin in the transportation profession by supporting increased diversity at the undergraduate level. The program is open to any U.S. high school student of African-American; Native American, Alaskan, and Hawaiian; or Hispanic/Latino heritage with an interest in a career in transportation and seeking to study transportation engineering, planning, or in a related field at a school with an established ITE Student Chapter. Preference is given to first generation students and low household income students. One scholarship will be awarded annually to an eligible high school senior. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2020. For a full list of eligibility requirements, more details on the program, and to apply, follow the link below.

ITE Diversity Scholarship

Office of Student Financial Aid

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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