Can you send me information about the Presidential Scholarship?  Where can I find the application?

The application is available through the Iowa Scholarship Portal, the University of Iowa's online scholarship platform.  To access more information about the about the Presidential Scholarship, visit our website at

 Do I have to apply for admission BEFORE I can apply for the Presidential Scholarship?  

Yes. Individuals MUST be admitted to the University of Iowa in order to apply for the Presidential Scholarship.  However, if students want to familiarize themselves with the required application components and essay questions before they apply for admission, this information is available in our 2017 Presidential Scholarship Sample Application on the Honors website.

If I requested my official ACT or SAT scores be shared with the University of Iowa on the date of my test, do I need to resubmit them for the Presidential Scholarship application?

If you have already sent your scores to the University of Iowa, you DO NOT need to do so again.  Once your official scores are received and posted, the information will be pulled into the Iowa Scholarship Portal and included in each application portfolio at the time of submission.

How long will it take for my official scores to post? 

Most scores – both ACT and SAT – are posted within two (ACT Composite) to four weeks (SAT Complete) after the test date.

When are the last eligible ACT and SAT test dates for the 2017 Presidential Scholarship competition?

To meet our November 28, 2016 application deadline, students will need to register for one of the following eligible test dates in Fall 2016:

  • ACT: September 10 and October 22
  • SAT: October 1 and November 5

I have already sent my high school transcript to the University of Iowa. Why do I have to upload a copy to the Iowa Scholarship Portal for the Presidential application?

Though we understand that a transcript file may have already been shared with the University of Iowa at an earlier date, this information is read from the original document and then integrated into the applicant's admissions record.  The transcript document is then archived and stored outside of our record system.

Because we review the full transcript of each applicant when selecting our Presidential Scholars, we must have a visual of the document which presents information beyond reported or collected scores and GPA. For this reason, we do require that Presidential Scholarship applicants upload a copy of their transcript document into their online application portfolio as is outlined in the submission instructions at

What is the deadline for this year's competition? When will the scholars be announced? 

A printable version of the 2017 Presidential Scholarship Competition is available on our website at 

Application opens:  

      September 15, 2016

Deadline for application submission:  

      Monday, November 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM

Scholarship offers are extended by: 

       March 1, 2017 

Deadline for accepting admission and the scholarship:  

       May 1, 2017 

Where do I start?" is the question we hear most often from both current and prospective students.  The range of scholarship and funding resources available to undergraduates at the University of Iowa can be overwhelming.  

To help students shake off the paralysis that so often happens at beginning of any funding search, I've pulled together some basic information to help applicants kick start their search. I encourage both new and current students to look into the scholarships offered by UI Student Financial Aid, their chosen academic departments and undergraduate colleges, as well as the student, professional and community organizations to which they are connected.