University of Iowa
After the Fall of 2018, the Presidential Scholarship will no longer be offered as a scholarship for first-year entering students. It will instead be available to current University of Iowa Honors Program students in their second and following years. The application process, which will be limited to current University of Iowa Honors Program students, will open in the 2019 Spring semester.


The University of Iowa offers a wide variety of scholarships to incoming outstanding undergraduate students based on financial need, academic merit, or both. Note that receiving a merit scholarship may not disqualify students from also receiving need-based grants or loans offered through the UI Office of Student Financial Aid, depending upon the amount of demonstrated financial need. This guide to Scholarship and Grant Policies offers a more complete description of how admissions scholarships are awarded at the University of Iowa. 


  • More questions about scholarships for incoming students? We defer to the experts in UI Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid and encourage prospective students to reach out to these folks with questions about funding their education at the University of Iowa.


We also encourage prospective students and their families to consider the potential support available to them once they are more established on campus.  Engagement with your undergraduate college, major departments, and complementary communities like the Honors Program and the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates can lead to additional scholarship or grant support, so it can be useful to consider the opportunities that can come after that initial award package. 


  • Annual competitions are held each academic year for a spectrum of scholarships – these opportunities can be explored in the Iowa Scholarship Portal at


In addition to the internal scholarship resources offered, the level of academic, intellectual, creative, and experiential opportunity available to undergraduates often makes Hawkeyes competitive for major national fellowship opportunities like the Rhodes, Goldwater, Truman, or NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  To find out more about the University of Iowa’s record of success and scholar development resources, checkout UI Undergraduate Fellowships and UI International Programs.  


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