CLAS Scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences currently supports over 80 different scholarships through the College's annual scholarship competition. As a result of the generosity of all our scholarship donors, the College has been able to provide over one million dollars in scholarship assistance to over 250 students during the 2018-2019 academic year. View 2018-2019 scholarship recipients.

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Application Process

Entering First-Time, First-Year Scholarship Opportunities

CLAS Financial Need-Based Scholarship Opportunities

CLAS Merit Scholarship Opportunities

CLAS Undergraduate Honors and Research Scholarship Opportunities

CLAS Graduate Student Scholarship Opportunities

 

CLAS Scholarship Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available on the Iowa Scholarship Portal from November 12, 2018–February 1, 2019.

All annual CLAS undergraduate scholarship applications are currently located on the Iowa Scholarship Portal (https://uiowa.academicworks.com/). To see the CLAS specific Scholarships set the filter to College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. When logged into the scholarship portal, students can select the filter "Recommended" to view a list of all the CLAS scholarships for which they may apply. 

Minimum CLAS Scholarship Requirements:

  • Must be able to demonstrate academic promise and accomplishments.
    • Need Based awards require a minimum 3.33 UI and cumulative GPA.
    • Merit Based awards require a minimum 3.50 UI and cumulative GPA.
  • Must be enrolled in a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree granting program and seeking your first undergraduate degree.
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate in fall and spring semesters. 
  • Must continue as an undergraduate in 2019-2020.
  • Many scholarships require that applicants have filed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
    • For continuing students, the FAFSA filed for the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 academic year will be used in the selection process.
    • If you are a new incoming first year student or new transfer student, be sure to have your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completed and submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid by February 8, 2019. 
    • Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out more information about scholarships and completing the FAFSA.

The deadline for MOST CLAS applications is FRIDAY, February 1, 2019. Recommendations from faculty members will be accepted until FRIDAY, February 8, 2019.  The CLAS scholarship award winners will be announced by email no later than April 15, 2019.

Two Faculty Recommendations REQUIRED:

All references must be members of the Faculty, including Lecturers, at The University of Iowa. While the system will not stop you from using a Teaching Assistant, graduate student, or other staff member, the committee will not review applications from students who choose to use these individuals for their CLAS Scholarship applications.

Please be ready to provide the name and email addresses for two Faculty members who can provide a recommendation. Make sure you have the full name and correct University of Iowa e-mail address for each recommendation submitted on your behalf. Once the references name and email address are entered and you click “Save and Keep Editing” or “Finish and Submit”, an e-mail will be automatically sent to the individuals completing your recommendation. That e-mail will contain the correct information on how to complete the recommendation form.

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.
  • 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 for most scholarships.
    • Recommendation section will include the following prompts:
      • Your Name, Academic Department, Title (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, etc.)
      • “Student is in the top X # students over X 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.

CLAS Scholarship Breakdown:

Entering First-Time, First-Year students only (students starting at Iowa in the fall 2019)

CLAS Scholarship Breakdown for Entering first- time, first-year students only
Scholarship Eligibility and Availability

Robert F. and Mary J. Godwin Scholarship

Entering first- time, first-year students only - NOT AVAILABLE  2019-2020

Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship

Entering first- time, first-year students only

Ina Loewenberg Scholarship

Entering first- time, first-year students only

David L. McCoid Scholarship

Entering first- time, first-year students only - First priority given to undergraduate students from Mount Pleasant (Iowa) Community High School in Henry County, Iowa who participated in sports and/or theater in high school.

William and Effa McMeans Scholarships

Entering first- time, first-year students only

Prescott Family Scholarship Entering first- time, first-year students only- must be a full-time student with financial need and ACT score of 22 or higher or in the top 10% of their high school class, who are from the following counties: Tama, Marshall, Story, Boone, Greene, Hamilton or Hardin. Also, there is a preference for a student who lives on campus.

Elmer J. Steuck Memorial Scholarship Fund

Entering first- time, first-year students only

Michael Senich Scholarship Entering first- time, first-year students only- must be from Iowa and show financial need

Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarships

Entering first- time, first-year students only- majoring in Chemistry or Physics

Charles E. and Eleanore G. Wilson Scholarship in Actuarial Science and Statistics

Students may be contacted directly by the Actuarial Science department 

Entering first-year, entering transfer, or current students
First priority given to undergraduate students in Actuarial Science  who exhibit demonstrated intellect, creativity, ambition and financial need. 

Financial Need-Based Scholarships: currently enrolled undergraduate students in a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree granting programs.

Completion of the FAFSA is required for consideration.

Financial Need-Based Scholarships:
Scholarship Eligibility

Mary Goodykoontz Barnes Scholarship

Financial need-based

Nadyne Harris Scholarships

Financial need-based

Ralph K. and Maxine J. Hibbs Scholarships

Financial need-based

Margaret Foster Hoff Memorial Scholarship

Financial need-based

Hubert H. and Hugh M. Schultz Scholarship Fund

Financial need-based

Alexander Kern Scholarships

Financial need-based

Faith M. Knowler Scholarship

Financial need-based

Edward Prichett Scholarship Fund

Financial need-based

Myrna Lee Sprengeler Memorial Scholarship

Financial need-based

Mary Campbell Tow Scholarship

Financial need-based

CLAS Undergraduate Scholarship Fund

Financial need-based

Manuel Paul and Abraham Chinitz Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship Fund

Financial need-based

Jeffery Keith Jones Memorial Scholarship

Financial need-based

Rains Family Scholarship Fund

Financial need-based, Junior or Senior

Henry G. Ullerich Scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Financial need-based, Iowa Resident

Dr. Kurt Truax Liberal Arts and Science Scholarship  
R.L. Hulbary Scholarship   

LuVella Burnett Scholarship

Financial need-based

   

Financial Need-Based Scholarships: currently enrolled undergraduate students in College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree granting programs.

Completion of the FAFSA is required for consideration.

Financial Need-Based Scholarships: for currently enrolled undergraduate students
Scholarship Eligibility and Availability

Jackie L. Christopher Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Mathematics or Computer Science

Roger H. and Marilyn J. Coleman Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Communication Studies or Journalism & Mass Communication

James and Syndy Conger Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Asian & Slavic Languages & Literature, Classical Languages, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish

Lennis J. Holm Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Annually rotates among English-Nonfiction Writing (2019- 20),Theatre Arts--Playwriting (2012-21), Cinema--Screenwriting (2022-23),

David W. Koehser Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Economics, Political Science, or History

Dr. Merlyn Arthur Lewis and Jeanette Lewis Scholarship

Must be a first year student with a major in CLAS. (0-30 overall hours earned)

Morris & Lenore Mandelbaum Family Fund Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Anthropology, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Political Science, Economics (BA or BS), History, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, International Studies

Mary Pelechek Scholarship Fund

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Music or the Fine Arts. Applicants of Bohemian (Czech) descent given preference

Adelaide Boerner Trickey Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Music or Psychology
Rotates on a two-year basis between the School of Music and the Department of Psychology (see scholarship information for dates)

Richard S. and Helene D. Trump Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Annually alternates between German and School of Art and Art History. 

Charles E. and Eleanore G. Wilson Scholarship in Actuarial Science

Current students, entering first-year, or transfer students.
Priority given to students who have a major or interest in Actuarial Science. Statistics majors are also eligible to apply.

Rainbow Science Scholarship Fund

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics, Biology, Communications Science & Disorders, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Health & Human Physiology, Psychology, and/or Statistics & Actuarial Science

Max von Schrader Classics Scholarship  Must have a major in the following department: Classics 

Merit Scholarships: currently enrolled undergraduate students in a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree granting programs.

Merit Scholarships
Scholarship Eligibility    

Marion L. Elmquist Scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 

All CLAS majors, must be a Junior (third year) student. 

   

Bill and John Fenton Scholarships 

All CLAS majors

   

CLAS Faculty, Staff, and Friends Scholarship

All CLAS majors, second year classification, who identifies as first generation and/or as an international students.  

   

Hubert H. and Hugh M. Schultz Scholarship Fund

All CLAS majors

   

Richard J. Odem Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Mathematics, Statistics, or Economics

   

George S. Schaeffer Scholarships

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Health and Human Physiology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, or Statistics & Actuarial Science

   

Dr. George Schulz-Behrend Fund

Major in German

   

Barbara G. and Professor Ralph I. Stephens Art Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Art and Art History

   

Velma E. Stuit Scholarships

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, or another science and identify as female 

   

Esther Walls Scholarship

Major in the fine arts, social sciences, or humanities

   

Mae Rodger White Scholarship

All CLAS majors    

Maureen Medberry Snell Award

All CLAS majors  

Hogan Family Scholarship

Must have a major in one of the following departments: Available to English majors in 2019–20, Writer's Workshop students in 20120-2021, History majors for 2021-22.

Kay Keeshan Hamod Scholarship

Must have a major in the following department: History and an honor's student. Application run through the Honors Department

M. Gladys Scott Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate women majoring in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning spring 2019.

Homewood Memorial Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate majors in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning spring 2019.

C. Pauline Spencer Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate women majoring in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning spring 2019.

Miriam Taylor Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate major in Sport Studies.
 

     

Undergraduate Honors and Research Scholarships: currently enrolled undergraduate students in a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree granting programs.

Undergraduate Merit Based and Research Scholarships
Scholarship   Eligibility and Availability

Kay Keeshan Hamod Scholarship

 

Must have a major in the following department: History and an honor's student. Application run through the Honors Department

Stevens Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship

 

Must be a junior with a natural science major with at least two semesters of study remaining. Application deadline: February 1, 2019

Claire and Carl Stuart Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

 

 Study Abroad funding for Iowa Residents in their Junior year of study. (Winterim India)

John and Elsie Mae Ferentz Undergraduate Research Fund

 

CLAS students pursuing research projects. Application by email please see website for further informaiton. 

The Dewey Stuit Fund for Undergraduate Research

 

Students, faculty members, and academic units may request funding for projects that will advance the extracurricular research, scholarship, and creative work of undergraduate students. Departments also are expected to contribute funds to support the student’s or students’ research or creative work.

Graduate Student Scholarship Opportunities: for currently enrolled graduate students in a specific College of Liberal Arts & Sciences programs. 

Graduate Student Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship 

Eligibility and Availability

Adah Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Scholarship

Must have a major in the following department: Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. Application available in Spring 2019

Adele Kimm Scholarship

Must have a major in the following department or involved in: Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies through coursework or service. Application available spring 2019.

M. Gladys Scott Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate women majoring in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning spring 2019.

Homewood Memorial Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate majors in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning spring 2019.

C. Pauline Spencer Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate women majoring in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning spring 2019.

Miriam Taylor Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate major in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning spring 2019.

Marcus Bach Graduate Fellowships

The Marcus Bach Fellowships for Graduate Students in the Humanities are awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to support the completion of an MFA project or doctoral dissertation. The fellowship’s goal is to foster intercultural communication and/or the understanding of diverse philosophies and religious perspectives, and projects in this area are the most appropriate proposals.