Available Scholarships

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is proud to award well over $3 million in scholarships to our students each year. Thanks to the generous donations of businesses, organizations and individual families, we offer a wide variety of awards to suit our students’ varying needs.

  1. To be considered for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences scholarships fill out the appropriate form here.
  2. After filling out the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences application, to be considered for Departmental/Major scholarships, fill out the appropriate form here.
  3. There are scholarships available that are not administered by the college. A list of them is available here. Applying for many of these scholarships requires applying at the website listed in that scholarship's description, or contacting the representatives listed for more information.

Freshman

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.


Freshman, Transfer

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.


Freshman

Preference given to production ag students. Carry 12 or more credits and maintain 2.5 GPA.


Freshman

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.


Freshman

Preference given to Jackson county resident demonstrating high aspirations to pursue a career in agriculture.


Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Transfer

for a minority/multicultural student admitted/enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Preference to students who are Native American.


Freshman

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.


Freshman

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.


Freshman

Graduate of Nevada High School. Selection is made by Nevada High School.


Freshman

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 Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.) Sponsored by ISU Agricultural Endowment.


Freshman

for incoming freshman enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a major of Ag Education, Ag Studies, Ag Biochemistry, Ag Business, Ag Systems Technology, Ag and Society, Agronomy, Animal Ecology, Animal Science, Dairy Science, Environmental Science, Food Science, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, or Nutritional Science, with preference to residents of Iowa.


Freshman

for an incoming freshman who is a member of FarmHouse Fraternity, enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, from a rural/farm background or urban and small town background, with a strong interest in production agriculture (such as ag studies, ag business, ag education, agronomy, animal science); preference will be given to residents of Iowa.


Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Transfer

Fejervary Fund Scholarships awarded to Scott County Iowa residents, with preference given to students with demonstrated financial need. (Please file FAFSA between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.) 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.


Freshman

For incoming freshmen; preference given to students who graduated from an Iowa high school.


Freshman

Graduate from Marion County high school with financial need and GPA of 3.0 or above. (Please file FAFSA between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.)


Freshman

High school graduate from Carroll-Kuemper, Carroll Public or other Carroll County high school, preference in that order. Leadership, scholarship, extra-curricular activities.


Freshman

Incoming freshman in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who has graduated from Green Mountain Independent School District High School. Scholarship, leadership.

 


Freshman

For worthy students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Freshman

for undergraduates in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Freshman

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.


Freshman

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 Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.)


Freshman

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 (Please file FAFSA between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.)
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.


Freshman

Graduate of Maquoketa High School or Jackson County high school. Preference given to financial need. (Please file FAFSA between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.)


Freshman

for students pursuing a major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Freshman

For worthy students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Transfer

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 and administration.


Freshman, Transfer

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.


Freshman

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 Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.)


Freshman

For worthy students majoring in animal science, horticulture, agronomy, ag business, entomology, forestry, ag education & studies, ag systems technology.


Freshman

For a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who is a resident of Iowa majoring in ag systems technology, ag biochemistry, or agronomy with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  


Freshman

Russell and Isabel Wise Agricultural Scholarship for students in the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with demonstrated financial need. (Please file FAFSA between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.)


Freshman

for female entering freshman with financial need with a high school GPA of 2.5 or above. (Please file FAFSA between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.)


Freshman

for incoming freshmen with outstanding high school credentials.


Freshman

for students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who have graduated from an Iowa high school and has demonstrated financial need. (Please file FAFSA between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.) Preference is given to students who have graduated from Volga, Iowa public grade or middle school, and Elkader, Iowa public high school.


Freshman

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.  (Please file FAFSA between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.)


Freshman

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 Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 to be considered.)


Freshman, Other

DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship seeks applications from high school seniors planning to enroll in a U.S. four-year college or university next fall. See all the qualifications at www.dutchcrafters.com/heritage-scholarship


Freshman

The Hixson Opportunity Award is a half-tuition and fees scholarship (estimated value of more than $15,000 over eight semesters) to be used at Iowa State University. One hundred high school seniors from across Iowa will receive the award each year. Ideally, recipients will represent each county in the state. If you are a high school senior who demonstrates potential in ways that go beyond class rankings and test scores, you may wish to apply.  See Website


Freshman

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is looking for qualified candidates to apply for its agriculture scholarships. ISA will award up to $15,000 this year through the ISA Ag Scholarship Program; it will be presented in as many as ten $1,500 scholarships to capable high school seniors pursuing a degree in agriculture or an agriculture-related field. More information at www.iasoybeans.com or call Mary Whitcomb 515-334-1027


Freshman

Mike Samuelson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a central Iowa
graduating senior from the Ogden area attending Iowa State University with a
major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For more info and to apply by April 1.


Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore

Merit-based scholarships for qualified agricultural students regardless of
where they plan to study. Eligible applicants include undergraduate
students already enrolled in college as well as high school seniors accepted for enrollment at an accredited college, university or community college in a course of study related to agriculture. Awards are for a minimum of $1,000 and may be renewed annually for up to four years, provided certain conditions are met. Candidates must apply by March 31.
For more information http://murraywiseassociates.com/foundation


Freshman

Preference to a student who has graduated from a Palo Alto high school.

 


Freshman

For students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who are direct descendants of Iowa State University Alumni.


Freshman

for incoming freshmen in CALS who are female and/or minority students with a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher pursuing a career in agricultural production such as, but not limited to, dairy, crop and livestock production, agribusiness, food industry, agricultural supplies and business services.


Freshman

For a worthy student enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Freshman, Transfer

For entering freshman students in the top 20% of their high school graduating class who are enrolled in Agriculture and Society in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Administered by the Department of Sociology.


Freshman

For incoming freshman students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are residents of Iowa, with preference given to residents in the western half of the state.  First preference to those with demonstrated leadership; second preference to students majoring in ag business. 


Freshman

For a multicultural student pursuing a degree in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Freshman

For incoming freshmen with strong high school background in sciences, social sciences and communications; upper 15% of high school graduating class; demonstrated leadership; grade point average 3.5 or above; ACT or SAT 90% rank or above.


Freshman

For a worthy student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Freshman

For a student enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Freshman

For students enrolled in Animal Science, Agronomy, Ag Education and Studies, Ag Business


Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore

for a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from Audubon County, Iowa. Preference is given to students in Agricultural Business.