CALS Scholarships

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awards $3.5 million in scholarships to our students each year. In recent years, this has contributed to a rate of over 77% of the undergraduate students in our majors receiving scholarship support of some kind.

While many awards are intended to reward academic performance, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is proud that our scholarship opportunities reflect the student experiences we value.  In addition to academics, scholarships support activities like study abroad, leadership expressed through student organizations, service to the college by assisting with recruitment, undergraduate research and professional development opportunities.

New Students

You will use Iowa State University's OneApp scholarship portal to apply for the awards offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Once your general application is complete, you will be prompted to answer additional questions unique to our awards and then will be directed towards additional opportunities you may qualify for - including those offered exclusively by your academic major. Please click on the Departmental Scholarship Applications link in the left menu to review directions relevant to your department or major.

Freshmen - Open: October 1. Deadline: December 1 (Priority)
Scholarships offered for incoming freshman entering the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences next fall. If this fall is the first time you will be enrolled full time as a college student, you are considered a freshmen even if you took college credits in high school. You may still apply after December 1, but will be considered for awards after applicants who meet the priority deadline. OneApp.

Transfer - Open: October 1. Deadline: March 1 (Priority)
Scholarships offered for new incoming transfer students entering the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for the first time next fall after having completed coursework at another college or university. OneApp.

Current Students

Starting this fall, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and many of our academic departments have transitioned to utilizing Iowa State University's OneApp scholarship portal to apply for the undergraduate scholarships. This will be a change from how you would have applied in previous years, but one that will consolidate multiple scholarship applications into one source. Once your general application is complete, you may want to view the Departmental Scholarship Applications link in the left menu for relevant information about opportunities in your major.

Undergraduate - Open: October 1 - February 1
Scholarships offered for currently enrolled undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who will be a sophomore, junior or senior next fall.  (Winners are notified by postal letter late March-early April).  OneApp

Graduate Students

Graduate student scholarship opportunities will not be included in the OneApp scholarship portal in this first year of implementation. Procedures for graduate awards will continue as they have been in previous years.

Graduate -  January 1 - February 15th
Scholarships offered for current graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.