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Scholarships offered for incoming freshman entering the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) next fall and whose primary major is in CALS
Application Period: Oct 15 through Jan 15
Scholarships are awarded in varying amounts to new freshmen enrolling next fall in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (full-time student carrying 12 or more credits). Applications must be submitted online starting October 15 prior to year of entry. The priority deadline for freshman scholarship applications is January 15. Applications received between January 16 and May 1 will be given consideration for a limited number of scholarships as supplies last. Do not send applications by mail.
Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
You must be enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as the home of your primary major for scholarship eligibility.
Scholarship winners are selected by the College Scholarships and Awards Committee based on specific criteria listed for each scholarship, plus academic achievement, professional promise and leadership. Academic achievement is determined by the RAI score obtained from the Admissions Office. About half of the scholarships awarded require students to show financial need.
Financial need guidelines:
NOTE: Although the official FAFSA deadline is March 1, we encourage filing before March 1 to avoid technical problems that may occur if too many people are filing at the last minute.
You may fill out the scholarship application before filing for FAFSA. The two processes are separate. We will obtain your FAFSA score from the Office of Student Financial Aid the second week of March.
Scholarship recipients are notified in March and April. Awards payments will be distributed in equal installments at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and credited to the student's university account.
Departmental scholarships also are available. Contact the department's office for information. Click here for a listing of departmental scholarship website links.
NOTE: Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (full-time student carrying 12 or more credits).
For questions, contact the office of the associate dean for academic programs at 515-294-6614.
You will be considered for all the scholarships listed below by filling out this single application.
Scholarship Descriptions and Requirements
Scholarships for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Sciences
Awarded to 10-15 incoming freshmen. Must rank in upper 15 percent of your high school class after six semesters; have a high school cumulative grade point of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; have an ACT or SAT percentile rank of 90 or higher; be accepted for admission to Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; have potential to make a significant contribution to society; preference given to students with strong high school backgrounds in sciences, social sciences and communications. This scholarship is renewable for three years. Financial need may be a consideration. (Please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered.)
Scholarships for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Sciences are funded by:
Agribusiness Association of Iowa Resident Scholarship
For freshman students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences who are residents of Iowa.
Agribusiness Association of Iowa Non-Resident Scholarship
For freshman students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences who are not residents of Iowa.
Floyd Andre Scholarship for Excellence in Agriculture
Iowa resident planning a career in farming or some related occupation, based on scholarship rather than need. Rank in upper fifteen percent of high school graduating class with cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Have an ACT or SAT percentile rank of 90 or higher. Candidates for renewal of this scholarship must maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA or higher at ISU; earn a minimum 12.0 credits per semester from ISU; complete Ag Studies 111 and 112 during their freshman year, and meet or exceed the minimum leadership and/or extracurricular activity requirements as part of the scholarship for excellence program. This scholarship is renewable for three years.
Animal Science Recruiting Scholarship
For incoming freshmen in upper 25% of high school graduating class or with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale with demonstrated active participation in agriculture related high school or community events, with an interest in a career related to production animal science (including meat science).
Del and Mary Kay Bowden Beginning Agriculture Professional Scholarship
Del and Mary Kay Bowden Beginning Agriculture Professional Scholarship for incoming freshmen (must be in top 20% of h.s. graduating class) or transfer (must have minimum 3.25 gpa) students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who are residents of Iowa with an interest in exploring careers in farm production (but no pre-veterinary medicine); preference to students from a farm production background.
John Wesley Coles and Eda Coles Scholarship in Agriculture
Preference given to production ag students. Carry 12 or more credits and maintain 2.5 GPA.
Neal and Kitty Conover Science with Practice Scholarship
for incoming freshmen who are Iowa residents with high school grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrated leadership participation. Includes funding for employment by faculty member in student's major area of study.
Gerald E. Cornelius Scholarship
Preference given to Jackson county resident demonstrating high aspirations to pursue a career in agriculture.
Harold R. and Rachel K. Crawford Multicultural Scholarship
for a minority/multicultural student admitted/enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Preference to students who are Native American.
Dean's Leadership Scholar scholarship
For incoming freshmen who are non-Iowa residents with high school grade
point average of 3.0 and demonstrated leadership participation. Includes
funding for employment by faculty member in student's major area of study.
Ted and Hazle DeBerg Agricultural Scholarship
Must have graduated from Hampton-Dumont High School in Franklin County; or North Butler High School in Butler County. Preference given to those involved in 4-H.
Degener-Owen Family Scholarship
for an undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more, a resident of Iowa, with demonstrated leadership, and a farming/rural background.
Orson B. Dutton Memorial Scholarship
Graduate of Nevada High School. Selection is made by Nevada High School.
Arlene and Harold Estes Agricultural Scholarship
For freshmen in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences pursuing career in agriculture and food industry who demonstrate a significant financial need. Also considered: scholastic achievements and participation in school and community activities. (Please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered.) Sponsored by ISU Agricultural Endowment.
Walter and Laura Falcon Scholarship
for incoming freshman in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with preference to residents of Iowa.
Fejervary Fund Scholarships
Fejervary Fund Scholarships awarded to Scott County Iowa residents, with preference given to students with demonstrated financial need. Past Fejervary Fund recipients are eligible to receive the scholarship if enrolled as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine candidate in the College of Veterinary Medicine at ISU.
Future of Agriculture Scholarship
For incoming freshmen; preference given to students who graduated from an Iowa high school.
Lloyd C. Goad Scholarship
Graduate from Marion County high school with financial need and GPA of 3.0 or above. (Please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered.)
Wayne Gross Memorial Scholarship
High school graduate from Carroll-Kuemper, Carroll Public or other Carroll County high school, preference in that order. Leadership, scholarship, extra-curricular activities.
Charlie J. and Sophia K. Hach Scholarship
Graduate from Green Mountain Independent School District High School. Scholarship, leadership.
Nadyne Harris Endowed Scholarship
For worthy students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Iowa Independent Crop Consultant's Association Scholarships
for students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in good
standing with a minimum of 6 hours of course work in crop production/crop
protection. Submit verification of coursework completed (unofficial transcript with courses highlighted) to 223C Curtiss Hall.
Preference will be given to students that have worked for members of the
IICCA. Students in this category should submit verification of employment to 223C Curtiss Hall.
International Agricultural Development Scholarship
A one-time $3,000 scholarship is available to all new students who successfully complete a World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and enroll in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as their primary major at Iowa State University. This scholarship is only available to those completing the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and is available one time only during the freshman year. Applications are not required for this award. Please contact us if you qualify.
Robert E. and Patricia A. Jester Scholarship
Resident of Iowa showing professional potential and commitment to agriculture pursuing a degree in Agronomy, Animal Ecology, Animal Science, Biochemistry/Biophysics, Entomology, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Forestry, Zoology, Genetics, Horticulture, Microbiology, or Plant Pathology.
Kline Family Scholarship
Graduate of Iowa high school, 3.0 grade point average, showing leadership qualities and desire for a career in agriculture. Financial need is a requirement (Please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered).
Kolschowsky Foundation Student Scholarships
For a student of color with preference given to students form the Chicago area with interest in the food and agricultural sciences.
A student must have:
1. Demonstrated Financial need (as determined by the FAFSA)
2. 3.0 or higher GPA
3. Upper 25% of graduating class
4. US Citizen
5. Graduation from a US high school
Preference is given to students from Proviso East Township, Proviso West Township, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and the Lutheran Congregations of Career Development.
To be considered, please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered. Please contact Aurelio Curbelo, Multicultural Programs in the College of Agriculture, for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org 515-294-1701
Bill D. Lamb Scholarship
Graduate of Maquoketa High School or Jackson County high school. Preference given to financial need. (Please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered.)
Vincent V. Malcom Scholarship
For worthy students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Monsanto Agriculture Scholarship
For students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a high school grade point average of 3.5 having had participation in 4-H and/or Future Farmers of America, pursing a degree in agronomy, seed science, horticulture, insect science, agricultural systems technology, agricultural studies, microbiology, global resource systems, genetics, food science, environmental science, culinary science, biology, agricultural biochemistry, agricultural business, or public service & administration.
Dean of Agriculture Multicultural Scholarship
For a multicultural student majoring in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Please contact Multicultural Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for further information at 515-294-1701
C.R. Musser/ISU Ag Endowment Scholarships
Must be a resident of Iowa. For students demonstrating an interest in farming as a career, production agriculture, academic performance, and leadership. Sponsored by ISU Agricultural Endowment.
Orscheln Farm and Home Supply Inc. Scholarships
U.S. citizen, resident of Iowa, FFA membership for 4 years or more, evidence of leadership, scholarship, and demonstrated financial need. Must live in Orscheln trade area (Iowa counties of: Appanoose, Boone, Cass, Dallas, Ford, Guthrie, Henry, Jefferson, Johnson, Linn, Mahaska, Montgomery, Muscatine, Page, or Wapello). (Please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered.)
Jared & Kathryn Owen Family Scholarship
for an undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more, a resident of Iowa, with demonstrated leadership; first preference to a student with a farming/rural background, second preference to a student from Blackhawk or Grundy Counties in Iowa.
Peter Paulsen Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Agriculture
For worthy students majoring in animal science, horticulture, agronomy, ag business, entomology, forestry, ag education & studies, ag systems technology.
Howard E. and Ann E. Raffety Scholarship
For worthy student studying biotechnology.
Russell and Isabel Wise Agricultural Scholarship
Russell and Isabel Wise Agricultural Scholarship for students in the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with demonstrated financial need. (Please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered.)
Maxine Sampson Scholarship for Women in Agriculture
for female entering freshman with financial need with a high school GPA of 2.5 or above. (Please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered.)
John Lodge and Joyce (Wilson) Shugart Family Endowed Scholarship in Agriculture
for incoming freshmen with outstanding high school credentials.
Thomas R. and Naomi B. Smith Scholarships
for students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who have graduated from an Iowa high school and has demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students who have graduated from Volga, Iowa public grade or middle school, and Elkader, Iowa public high school.
Edward L. Tubbs Memorial Scholarship
for student enrolled in CALS who is an
Iowa resident graduating in the top one-third of their high school class
with demonstrated financial need.
Younkers Farm Aid Scholarships
Recipients selected based on one-half of family income being derived from farming; upper half of high school class, leadership, financial need. Must live in Younkers trade area (roughly Iowa, southeast South Dakota, southwest and east central Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin, Illinois, southeast Nebraska). (Please file FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to be considered.)