Iowa State university (aka Iowa State) is filled with opportunity, cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art technology, world-class facilities, and internationally renowned faculty. It's welcoming, hospitable and friendly, thus about 4,000 international students from more than 100 countries consider Iowa State their 'home away from home'.
Iowa State is committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student population. The International Merit Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement, and outstanding talent or achievements in one or more of the eligible course areas (see below).
Incoming international freshmen applicants and international transfer applicants with fewer than 66 transferrable semester credits.
- A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) comparable to a minimum of 3.0 out of 4.0 (B)
- The SAT is not required, but if submitted, it will be considered
- A resume or CV listing your achievements
- One letter of recommendation
- A 500-word essay. You may write something that will help the committee get to know you better and tell us why you deserve the award, or you may answer one of the questions provided on the scholarship application form
- Applicants must be international students and must have completed an international application for admission
Citizens of ANY country may apply
Iowa State university, Ames, Iowa, United States
Fields of study
The following areas are eligible for this scholarship:
Math and sciences, the Arts, Extracurricular activities, Community service, Leadership, Innovation, or Entrepreneurship.
Number of awards
Scholarship awards are RENEWABLE for both Freshmen and Transfer students. Freshman recipients will be funded for a maximum of 8 semesters, or completion of the degree, whichever comes first. Transfer recipients will be funded for a maximum of 5 semesters, or completion of the degree, whichever comes first.
However, the following criteria must be met during your Iowa State career to maintain the scholarship:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 while enrolled at Iowa State
- Continuous enrollment in a minimum of 12 semester credits each semester (summers not included)
- Only students assessed non-resident tuition are eligible for this award
- The award may only be used toward undergraduate tuition and fees
There are two International Merit Scholarship levels (see below). Freshmen and transfer applicants are eligible for both levels of awards.
|Gold||$8,000/year (renewable) |
|Cardinal||$4,000/year (renewable) |
Method of Application
You must submit your "Undergraduate Application for Admission" and all required transcripts, financial documents, and examination results before you may apply for the International Merit Scholarship, as Iowa State will review your application file as part of its scholarship consideration.
Once you have submitted your application for admission, you may then complete the "International Merit Scholarship Application Form". Please be sure to use your name exactly as it is entered on your application for admission so that Iowa State can match your scholarship application to your undergraduate application. You will use this form to upload your current resume or CV (in PDF format), type your essay, and send the letter of recommendation form to the person you have asked to provide it. (These items must all be submitted using this form. Iowa State will not accept any scholarship materials via email or post.)
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this scholarship and on aplying to Iowa State University
There are two scholarship application deadlines - March 1 for the Fall Term, and October 1 for the Spring Term.
Do not send any of your scholarship application materials through email or by post. Iowa State will neither accept such nor process them.
Iowa State University of Science and Technology, more commonly known as Iowa State University, Iowa State, or ISU, is a public land-grant and space-grant research university located in Ames, Iowa, United States.
Founded in 1858 and coeducational from its start, Iowa State became USA’s first designated land-grant institution when the Iowa Legislature accepted the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act on September 11, 1862, making Iowa the first state in the nation to do so. Iowa State's academic offerings are administered today through eight colleges, including the graduate college, that offer over 100 bachelor's degree programs, 112 master's degree programs, and 83 at the Ph.D. level, plus a professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.
Application Deadline: 1 March / 1 October 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes
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