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+ scholarship funds.

Submitting a complete CHS scholarship application and any additional materials it recommends automatically ensures you will be considered for department- or school-level scholarships. You may also consider applying for university-level scholarships and external scholarships.

Undergraduate online scholarship application
Graduate scholarship application (PDF)

Application Process

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.

Undergraduate application

The online scholarship application page explains requirements, deadlines, and other details about the scholarship for CHS undergraduates (incoming freshmen, transfer, and current students).

Graduate application

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.

College-level scholarship descriptions and requirements

Charlotte Gustafson Akins Home Economics Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Professional potential
  • Involvement in professional and extracurricular activities
  • Financial need preference

Mary K. Alexander Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Leland and Cora Allbaugh Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Financial need

Emma Andersen Endowed Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Financial need
  • Iowa resident
  • Female student

Katherine Bruntlett Annin Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Female
  • U.S. citizen

Polly Baichly Fund
Undergraduate student

  • Superior academic achievement

Irene Beavers Scholarship Endowment
Undergraduate student

  • Student must be enrolled in Human Development and Family Studies or Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
  • Non-immigrant international student
  • Preference to student from Southeast Asia

Sally Beisser Service Learning Award
Junior or senior student

  • Teacher education
  • Elementary education or kinesiology  (K-12 physical education)
  • Outstanding achievement in service learning
  • Volunteer activities outside academics

Jane Stallings Benbrook Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership qualities

Benjamin/Mericle Family Fund 
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Professional potential
  • Preference for student from Tama County, Iowa

Elizabeth Beveridge Memorial Endowment
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Jeanne Verne Blahnik Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Leadership qualities
  • Financial need
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher

Ethel McKinley Bliss Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership potential
  • Iowa resident

Mildred D. Bradbury Memorial Scholarship
Incoming freshman

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Arleen E. A. Brightwell Family Scholarship
Undergraduate student 

  • Student must be accepted into the university teacher education program
  • GPA between 2.5 and 3.0

Edalene Stohr Brown Scholarship
Incoming freshmen/undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership qualities
  • Interest in business career

Maxine and Dennis Brown Scholarship
Incoming freshmen, transfer or current student

  • First generation college student
  • Major in elementary education or kinesiology
  • Scholarship, leadership, and/or involvement
  • Financial need preference

Marie A. Budolfson Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership

Glada Houser Carroll Scholarship
Junior or senior student

  • Iowa resident
  • Financial need
  • Interest in pursuing career in health care food service
  • Academic achievement, leadership
  • Preference to students enrolled in dietetics or hospitality management

George W. Catt Scholarship
Senior student

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Financial need
  • Good character

Marjorie A. Chollett Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Johnie Christian Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Preference to minority and underprivileged students

Dorothy Avery Clark and Maurice R. Clark Scholarship
Sophomore, junior or senior student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Born in Iowa
  • Financial need

Clark Family Human Sciences Endowment
Transfer student  (sophomore, junior or senior)

  • Top 50% of class
  • Minimum 9 credit hours
  • Financial need
  • Illinois or Iowa resident

Alice McCarthy Commons Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Superior academic achievement

Beverly J. and R. Jewell Crabtree Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Leadership qualities

Lucille Whitley Dawson
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • GPA or 3.0 or higher
  • Leadership qualities

Craig and Terry Denny ISUAA Cardinal and Gold CHS Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Full time student
  • Financial need
  • Graduate of Iowa high school
  • Preference to students who are first generation college students

V. Everett & Grace Miller Donelson Memorial Scholarship
Junior or senior student

  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement

Dubes Family Education Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Teacher education
  • Financial need
  • Preference to member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity

Selma Ekquist Duncan Scholarship
Sophomore or junior student

  • Scholastic ability
  • Financial need
  • Leadership and professional potential
  • Preference to students majoring in early childhood development

Barbara Nelson Eddy Scholarship for Excellence
Incoming freshman

  • Ranked one or two in high school class or top 5% of high school class
  • Outstanding achievement, extra-curricular activities
  • Show promise of making significant contribution to society

Elizabeth A. Elliott Fund
Undergraduate student

  • Superior academic achievement

Ruth G. English Home Economics Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Helen A. Foster Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Vera Foreman Friley Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Leadership and scholarship
  • Preference to female student

Judy Hintzman Furgason Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Financial need
  • Student from rural Iowa or small community
  • Leadership potential

Anna Lee Garrett Gautsch Scholarship
Junior student          

  • Must rank in upper 1% of class
  • 50 hours at Iowa State University
  • 20 hours in natural and physical sciences
  • Proficiency in the natural and physical sciences
  • Superior academic achievement

Mary Beard Gibson Scholarship
Sophomore, junior or senior student

  • Financial need
  • Leadership potential
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Completed at least two terms

Helen Green Grieve Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Financial need preference

Louise Moen Hamilton Fund
Undergraduate student

  • Superior academic achievement

Emelie Hanson Grimm Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Carol Critzman Hansen Scholarship
Incoming freshman, undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement

Hazel Hatcher Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

George N. and Nellie Stromer Heald Scholarship in Home Economics
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Preference to freshmen
  • Superior academic achievement

Elizabeth Helser Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership potential
  • Iowa resident

Edith A. and Louis W. Herdlicka Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Financial need preference

Beverly J. Hermanson and Everett J. Hermanson Scholarship
Sophomore, junior or senior student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership qualities

Human Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Financial need preference

Iva and Stephen Inman Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Superior academic achievement
  • Creativity
  • Ability to follow through
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Good moral character

Iowa Farm Bureau Human Sciences Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Superior academic and leadership qualities
  • Financial need preference

Ruth N. Johnson Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Kappa Omicron Nu Scholarship
Junior or senior student

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Student member of Kappa Omicron Nu-Gamma chapter

Betty C. Kirkbride Keller Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership qualities
  • Financial need

Jan Korslund Endowed Fund
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Financial need
  • African-American student

Beverly Kruempel Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Superior academic achievement

Lane-Wells Scholarship
Senior student

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Financial need
  • Good character

Catherine Landreth Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Nikki and Adam Laug Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Supports student doing unpaid professional experience (internship/practicum/student teaching)
  • Preference to Human Development and Family Studies
  • Major in child, adult & family services

Hazel Hermanson Lawrence Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership potential

Mary Zetta Lind Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Margaret Liston AAUW Scholarship
Sophomore, junior or senior student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Female student
  • GPA of 3.0
  • 30 Iowa State University credit hours
  • Leadership potential and professional promise

Lortz Family Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • GPA of 3.0
  • Financial Need

Ruth and Vincent Mahoney Student Opportunity Fund
Undergraduate student 

  • Superior academic achievement
  • Iowa resident

Susan Elizabeth Meeker Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership qualities

Blanche Miller Family and Consumer Sciences Endowment
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Ruth Morrison Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Financial need
  • Major in food science and human nutrition or apparel, merchandising, and design
  • Superior academic achievement

Hazel Mendell Nelson Family and Consumer Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship
Junior or senior student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Lisa and Craig Peterson Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Financial need
  • Preference to active member of the Greek community

Neva Petersen Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Pike Family Education Scholarship
Undergraduate Student

  • Elementary education, early childhood education, secondary education
  • ISU legacy student

Cheryll Reitmeier & Mary Gilbert Food Science and Human Nutrition Scholarship
Undergraduate student 

  • Enrolled in Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Financial need
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  •  Student working to support education
  • Recipient must provide list of work experiences

May Pearsall Rickert Scholarship
Junior or senior student

  • Superior academic achievement
  • Professional potential
  • Female student
  • Preference in early childhood education

Florence V. Ritchie Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Betty Jeanne Sundling Root Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Financial need preference
  • Superior academic achievement

Louise M. Rosenfeld Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  •  Superior academic achievement

Wayne H. and Gladys T. Scholtes Scholarship Fund
Undergraduate student

  • Financial need
  • Preference for students with major in culinary science or food science and human nutrition
  • Superior academic achievement

Naomi Wilkinson Scott Endowed Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement

Severidt Family Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement

Kathryn Bell Seidel Scholarship
Sophomore or junior student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • U.S. citizen
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Financial need

Alethea Paul Sleight Endowed Scholarship
Undergraduate student      

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Financial need
  • Preference for student from Muscatine County

Smith/Anderson Family and Consumer Sciences Education Scholarship Fund
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies
  • Preference for teacher licensure in FCS education

Hazel M. Stokes Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Priorities:  female student from Plymouth County; financial need
  • Scholarship ability and achievement

Bernice Strawn Scholarship
Senior student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Preference given to student active in a registered student organization

R. Katherine Taube Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement

Kathryn Knudson Totty Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • U.S. citizen
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Involved in extracurricular activities
  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement

Lulu L. Tregoning Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Graduate of Iowa high school
  • Superior academic achievement

Clareta Walker Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement

Carolyn Brown Ward Scholarship
Junior or senior student

  • Female student
  • Major in food science and human nutrition
  • Financial need
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Leadership qualities

Gary and Jannes (Teply) Weede Endowed Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in elementary education
  • Financial need
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Leadership and community volunteering
  • Preference to first generation college student

Esther L. Whetstone Endowed Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Major in Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Food Science and Human Nutrition; or Human Development and Family Studies
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Leadership qualities

Margaret Wiese Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Iowa resident
  • Financial need
  • Superior academic achievement

Pearl Rock Williams Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Student majoring in food science and human nutrition or hospitality management
  • Preference to student with 4-H background and interest in Extension as a profession
  • Superior academic achievement

 Ralph W. Williams Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate student

  • Student majoring in food science and human nutrition or hospitality management
  • Preference to student with 4-H background and interest in Extension as a profession
  • Superior academic achievement

Special Circumstance Scholarships

Special circumstance scholarships

Other scholarships are available for students in special circumstances. These must be applied for separately from the undergraduate and graduate scholarships:

Undergraduate students enrolled in unpaid internships or student teaching
Undergraduate students presenting at national/international professional conferences
Students who study abroad
Students in grades 6, 7, 8
Heddleson Summer Internship Scholarship with ISU Families Extension

School/Department-level scholarship links

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:

School of Education
Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Human Development and Family Studies
Kinesiology

ISU scholarships and financial aid

You must apply for university-level scholarships and financial aid separately from College of Human Science and departmental scholarships.

Apply for university-level financial aid

ISU Student Affairs funding opportunities
Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program

External scholarships

Scholarship resources available outside of ISU:
Des Moines Women’s Club
Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Iowa 4-H Foundation

State of Iowa resources for financial aid:
Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program (University Teacher Education Program website)

Federal resources for financial aid:
Free application for federal student financial aid (FAFSA)
Federal loan/scholarship cancellation/deferment options for teachers (University Teacher Education Program web site)