This scholarship is made for the senior year to recognize academic and practical accomplishments in the social sciences, (economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology).

  • Number Awarded: Varies each award year
  • Student(s) must have graduated from an Iowa high school
  • Currently enrolled, Honors students in their third year of undergraduate study


Thomas Dainty

Thomas Dainty is a junior at the University studying political science. He is interested in political science research, typically those that engage with topics such as conflict and conflict. He has worked at the Iowa Social Research Center for almost three years and hopes to continue research work with Professors outside the classroom in the coming year.

"My advice for them would be that if they're able to do the honors program right away, they should. I was eligible for it when I first came here but thought that I wasn't good enough to do it, so I didn't join immediately. After that, I found that I was wrong, that I could do well in college, and once I joined I realized the number of opportunities that exist once you're in the program. I would also say to those that aren't eligible right away, to keep up hope and try your best, because you don't need to be eligible right away in order to be in the Program. I'd encourage them to be a part of anything that they're remotely interested in so long as they're keeping a good balance for themselves, there are a number of clubs and organizations here that could fit your interests, and if you aren't interested, you can always quit and find something else."





Reagan Hansen

Reagan Hansen is currently studying Political Science and Ethics and Public Policy on a pre-law track. He hopes to find a career in governmental relations where he advocates at the federal level on behalf of others. He spent the summer of 2019 in Washington, D.C. as an intern in the US Senate and also co-authored a chapter of the 2019-2020 Hawkeye Policy Report. Outside of the classroom, he served as the Chairman of Academic Affairs of the Undergraduate Student Government and is finishing the first year of his two-year term as the National Undergraduate Director of his fraternity.

"Get involved! Whatever you are interested in, there is a place for you to explore it at the University of Iowa. This is your chance to meet like-minded people and really find out what interests you. In particular, I recommend the Iowa Policy Research Organization for those who are interested in policy research. The Honors Program is absolutely full of opportunities for you to discover your passions."