University of Iowa

The Richard Tyner Scholarship

Established in the fall of 2015 by University of Iowa alumnus, Richard Tyner, the intent of the Tyner Scholarship is to offer financial support and recognition to current in-state University of Iowa students who were able to qualify for and enter the Honors Program by becoming more engaged and academically successful early on in their university career.


Applicants must:

  • be a graduate of an Iowa high school,
  • in their first or second year of study at the University of Iowa (at the time of application),
  • have earned entry into the University of Iowa Honors Program by achieving a UI GPA of 3.5 or higher,
  • be a full-time student (enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours at the time of application), and
  • not be a recipient of a major scholarship* or award, such as the Old Gold or Presidential Scholarship.  *A major scholarship is defined one that awards $5,000 or more per year
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are from a farm or small town (defined as less than 10,000 in population).

Application Process:

Applicants must meet the criteria for eligibility outlined above.  The application window for the Tyner will open in the fall of each year in conjunction with Honors at Iowa's annual Scholarship competition.  To apply for the Tyner Scholarship, interested students must complete Honors at Iowa's universal online scholarship application by the deadline posted on our Deadline Schedule.  Qualified Honors students should apply by early spring (see deadlines) of their first or second year to receive funding for the following academic year.  This award is NOT renewable.

Award Details:

The Tyner Scholarship is awarded by Honors at Iowa and the selection process is managed by our Director of Scholar Development. At the discretion of the selection committee, Honors will award either one scholarship in the amount of $5,000, or two in the amount of $2,500 each. Award amounts, as well as the number of scholarships offered may change in the years following the inception of the scholarship as the endowment of the Tyner Scholarship fund increases. This will be at the discretion of the donor or his appointee.

The Tyner Scholarship will be presented at Honors at Iowa's Annual Spring Recognition Ceremony.

Recent Tyner Scholarship recipients:


Jon Sanford, Independence, IA, Political Science, Economics (Policy), Informatics (Economics)

Elijah Bratsch-Prince, Ames, IA, Political Science, Arabic (minor)


Shannon Meester, Holland, IA, English and Creative Writing

Grace Morrison, Grinnell, IA, Psychology, Human Relations (minor)


Elijah Bratsch-Prince, Ames, IA, Political Science, Arabic (minor)

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