CLAS Annual Scholarship Competition

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Helena Dettmer, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum
RE: CLAS Annual Scholarship Competition

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Please bring these scholarship opportunities to the attention of individual faculty members who advise undergraduates in your department, educational advisors, and any eligible students.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Annual Scholarship Competition has begun!

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences supports over 80 different scholarships awarded through the College's annual scholarship competition. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the College plans to award undergraduate scholarships collectively worth almost ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

The specific criteria for each scholarship can easily be accessed by students via the Iowa Scholarship Portal ( or on College's web site (

Each application requires an essay and two (2) recommendations. All references must be provided by faculty at The University of Iowa. Faculty have until February 8, 2019 to complete the online recommendation questionnaire.

Faculty Please Note:

  • If you are listed as a reference for multiple CLAS scholarships, you will only be requested to complete the recommendation form one time, per student.
    • References will be asked to answer three (3) questions about the students’ academic performance; you will not be allowed to upload a letter of recommendation.
    • Recommendation section will include the following prompts:
      • Your Name, Academic Department, Title (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, etc.)
      • “Student is in the top # students over number of years”
      • You will be asked to focus your comments on 3 main areas of interest: 1)Creativity/Outstanding Achievements 2) Scholarship and Research 3) Self-motivation/Leadership
  • Students are not able to view the information submitted in your responses. 
  • If the student decides to change references after an email has already been sent to the original reference, we ask the students to please contact the faculty member and inform them that their recommendation is no longer needed.

Questions may be addressed to the Office of Academic Programs & Student Development at or (319) 335-2633.