Scholarships and Financial Aid
Helping you pay for school and other learning opportunities
The College of Human Sciences and its programs offer approximately $800,000 in scholarships each year. When you complete the online CHS application, the college works to match you to the correct scholarship based on the criteria of each of the 100+ funds.
Submitting a completed CHS scholarship application ensures you will be considered for department- or school-level scholarships and college-level scholarships. You may also consider applying for university-level scholarships and external scholarships.
Freshman student: A freshman is a student coming directly from high school regardless of taking community college or AP classes.
Transfer student: A transfer student is a student who attends/attended a community college, college, or university who is not currently enrolled or has been previously enrolled at Iowa State.
The College of Human Sciences uses one online application to gather your information and consider you for appropriate scholarships from our pool of more than 100 scholarship funds.
The online scholarship application page explains requirements, deadlines, and other details about the scholarship for CHS undergraduates (incoming freshmen, transfer, and current students).
Graduate students can visit the graduate student scholarship page for electronic application documents for CHS scholarships.
College/departmental scholarships only
The CHS application covers college-level and department-level scholarships only. Completing this application will not submit you for university-level financial aid. Please apply separately for ISU (university-level) scholarships below.
Charlotte Gustafson Akins Home Economics Scholarship
Mary K. Alexander Scholarship
Leland and Cora Allbaugh Scholarship
Emma Andersen Endowed Scholarship
Katherine Bruntlett Annin Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences
Polly Baichly Fund
Irene Beavers Scholarship Endowment
Sally Beisser Service Learning Award
Jane Stallings Benbrook Scholarship
Benjamin/Mericle Family Fund
Elizabeth Beveridge Memorial Endowment
Jeanne Verne Blahnik Scholarship
Ethel McKinley Bliss Scholarship
Mildred D. Bradbury Memorial Scholarship
Arleen E. A. Brightwell Family Scholarship
Edalene Stohr Brown Scholarship
Maxine and Dennis Brown Scholarship
Marie A. Budolfson Scholarship
Glada Houser Carroll Scholarship
George W. Catt Scholarship
Marjorie A. Chollett Memorial Scholarship
Johnie Christian Scholarship
Dorothy Avery Clark and Maurice R. Clark Scholarship
Clark Family Human Sciences Endowment
Alice McCarthy Commons Memorial Scholarship
Beverly J. and R. Jewell Crabtree Scholarship
Lucille Whitley Dawson
Craig and Terry Denny ISUAA Cardinal and Gold CHS Scholarship
V. Everett & Grace Miller Donelson Memorial Scholarship
Dubes Family Education Scholarship
Selma Ekquist Duncan Scholarship
Anne and David Durland Scholarship
Barbara Nelson Eddy Scholarship for Excellence
Elizabeth A. Elliott Fund
Ruth G. English Home Economics Scholarship
Helen A. Foster Scholarship
Vera Foreman Friley Scholarship
Judy Hintzman Furgason Scholarship
Anna Lee Garrett Gautsch Scholarship
Mary Beard Gibson Scholarship
Helen Green Grieve Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences
Louise Moen Hamilton Fund
Emelie Hanson Grimm Scholarship
Carol Critzman Hansen Scholarship
Hazel Hatcher Memorial Scholarship
George N. and Nellie Stromer Heald Scholarship in Home Economics
Elizabeth Helser Scholarship
Edith A. and Louis W. Herdlicka Scholarship
Beverly J. Hermanson and Everett J. Hermanson Scholarship
Human Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council Scholarship
Iva and Stephen Inman Scholarship
Iowa Farm Bureau Human Sciences Scholarship
Ruth N. Johnson Scholarship
Kappa Omicron Nu Scholarship
Betty C. Kirkbride Keller Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences
Dorothy M. and Robert J. Kirkpatrick Scholarship
Jan Korslund Endowed Fund
Beverly Kruempel Scholarship
Catherine Landreth Memorial Scholarship
Hazel Hermanson Lawrence Scholarship
Mary Zetta Lind Scholarship
Margaret Liston AAUW Scholarship
Lortz Family Scholarship
Ruth and Vincent Mahoney Student Opportunity Fund
Susan Elizabeth Meeker Memorial Scholarship
Blanche Miller Family and Consumer Sciences Endowment
Ruth Morrison Scholarship
Hazel Mendell Nelson Family and Consumer Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship
Lisa and Craig Peterson Scholarship
Neva Petersen Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences
Pike Family Education Scholarship
Cheryll Reitmeier & Mary Gilbert Food Science and Human Nutrition Scholarship
May Pearsall Rickert Scholarship
Florence V. Ritchie Scholarship
Betty Jeanne Sundling Root Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship
Louise M. Rosenfeld Scholarship
Wayne H. and Gladys T. Scholtes Scholarship Fund
Naomi Wilkinson Scott Endowed Scholarship
Severidt Family Scholarship
Kathryn Bell Seidel Scholarship
Brock and Ruth Ann Seney Student Teaching Scholarship
Alethea Paul Sleight Endowed Scholarship
Smith/Anderson Family and Consumer Sciences Education Scholarship Fund
Hazel M. Stokes Scholarship
Bernice Strawn Scholarship
R. Katherine Taube Scholarship
Kathryn Knudson Totty Scholarship
Lulu L. Tregoning Scholarship
Clareta Walker Scholarship
Carolyn Brown Ward Scholarship
Gary and Jannes (Teply) Weede Endowed Scholarship
Esther L. Whetstone Endowed Scholarship
Pamela J. White Scholarship for Student Leaders
Margaret Wiese Scholarship
Ellie Williams Memorial Scholarship
Pearl Rock Williams Memorial Scholarship
Ralph W. Williams Memorial Scholarship
Special circumstance scholarships
Other scholarships are available for students in special circumstances. These must be applied for separately from the undergraduate and graduate scholarships:
You are considered for department- or school-level scholarships when you complete the CHS application form.
Some departments have lists of their own department scholarships available on their websites:
Scholarship resources available outside of ISU:
State of Iowa resources for financial aid:
Federal resources for financial aid:
Do I need to fill out the FAFSA?
We strongly encourage you to complete the FAFSA form. Many of our scholarships have a financial need component. If you do not complete the FAFSA, you are not considered for these scholarships.
Should I complete the FAFSA if my parents have a large income?
Even with a larger parental income, many students may be eligible for scholarships with a financial need component.
What tax year do I use for FAFSA information?
You use tax information from 2016 taxes.
The 2018-19 FAFSA application will be available beginning October 1st, 2017 at the Federal Student Aid website. Complete your FAFSA by December 1st, 2016 in order to be considered for priority aid at Iowa State University. For more information regarding the 2018-19 FAFSA, visit the Iowa State Early FAFSA webpage.
How many scholarship applications does the College of Human Sciences require me to fill out?
Just one application. The application will be used to award college-wide scholarships and department/school scholarships. Once you complete the online application, you are considered for all CHS scholarships.
Do I need to have a high GPA to apply for scholarships?
No, you do not need to have a high GPA for all scholarships. We encourage all students to apply, regardless of their GPA.
If I have taken college classes while in high school, am I a transfer student?
No. If you have taken college credit classes during high school you are NOT a transfer student. You are an incoming freshman (direct from high school student). Please check the Direct from High School or Freshman box.
Who is a transfer student?
You are considered a transfer student if you have a high school diploma or G.E.D. and are currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning other than Iowa State University.
How many Letters of Recommendation do I need?
Direct from High School students – 2 letters required; due December 5 at 5 p.m. CST
Transfer students – 2 letters required; due December 5 at 5 p.m. CST
Current students – no letters needed
Can I send letters by mail or upload a letter I already have?
No, we do not accept letters in the mail.
The scholarship application has a tab at the top of the form, “Letters of Recommendation.” Complete the information requested. You will be asked to provide the names of two people to complete Letters of Recommendation. Once you type in the names and email addresses, your letter writers will receive a link by email to complete an online recommendation.
Letters of recommendation must be done online.
When are letters of recommendation due?
December 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. CST
I’m not quite sure if I will attend ISU and/or I don’t know my major. Should I apply for a CHS scholarship?
Yes, please complete the scholarship application form if you are exploring majors in the College of Human Sciences.
How are scholarships evaluated?
Each student’s scholarship application is evaluated by two faculty/staff reviewers. Each reviewer gives your application a score based on your essays, leadership experiences and extra-curricular activities. Your score also includes your GPA and credit hours.
What if I don’t know my GPA for fall semester?
The Registrar’s Office will provide us with your GPA in early January. Please don’t worry about your GPA. You can leave this field blank.
How are scholarships awarded to students?
Scholarships given by donors may have specific criteria. Examples include: major, financial need, residing in a specific county, demonstrated leadership, extra-curricular activities, work experience, GPA, etc. Scholarships are awarded to students who meet the criteria for the award.
How much money does the College of Human Sciences award in scholarships?
For the 2017-18 academic year, the college awarded over $1.5 million dollars in undergraduate, international, internship and graduate scholarships. Last year approximately 690 students received scholarships.
Do I apply for a specific scholarship?
No. After you complete the on-line application, you are considered for all college-wide and department/school scholarships. Some scholarships have specific criteria. The scholarship committee matches students to scholarship awards based on donor criteria.
When will I know if I receive a scholarship?
Direct from high school and transfer students will receive a letter from Associate Dean Linda Serra Hagedorn in February. Current students will receive an email no later than April 30.
What is the amount of an average scholarship?
The average scholarship is $1000 for the academic year. $500 per semester
Can I lose a scholarship once it is awarded?
If you no longer meet the criteria for the scholarship it will be removed from your U-bill. Examples include: change majors, change colleges, no demonstrated financial need, fall below a specified GPA, etc. You will be notified that your scholarship is being removed.
How can I increase the possibility of getting a scholarship?
Complete the FAFSA form, completely and accurately fill out the application form, do not leave fields blank, and carefully answer the essay questions. If Letters of Recommendation are required, follow up with your recommenders to be certain they submit their letters.
If I receive a scholarship one year, will it be renewed the next year?
Your scholarship is NOT automatically renewed. You must complete the scholarship application each year. Most scholarships do not renew due to the specific criteria of the award.
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