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Multicultural Vision Program
The Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) Award grants full-tuition to one hundred incoming multicultural students each year. The scholarship is open to high school multicultural seniors, who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, and residents of the state of Iowa, who demonstrate academic potential in ways that go beyond class ranking or test scores.
Eligible students must be admissible to Iowa State University and identify as: American Indian or Alaskan Native, African American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino/a, or Multi-Racial on the application for undergraduate admission. The scholarship is renewable for a total of four years or eight semesters, provided the student maintains a cumulative 2.00 grade point average, completes and submits the FAFSA each year, and completes 24 new credit hours each academic year at the university.
The MVP Guiding Pinciples
- Sense of Belonging
- MVP Scholars will explore their own identity development, and what positive contributions they can make to their cohort, the MVP Learning Community, and the ISU campus.
- MVP Scholars will foster a community that recognizes, appreciates, and shares a mutual understanding of respect for all cultures. As such, they will support a safe campus environment for all students.
- Social Involvement
- A student-centered approach appreciates a culture of out-of-class experiences. Thus, MVP Scholars will seek and foster new, healthy relationships with their peers. MVP Scholars will be encouraged to seek new peer groups and to develop meaningful relationships with other students.
- Academic Success
- MVP Scholars will be provided the necessary tools, resources, and experiences to promote their transition, retention, and graduation from ISU.
- The MVP Program will encourage students’ intellectual development throughout their time at ISU.
- Leadership Development
- MVP Scholars will cultivate transferable skills as leaders within the MVP Learning Community and other communities. Leadership opportunities provide a space for meaningful community building, and contribute greatly to the academic experience.
- Community Engagement
- MVP Scholars will learn to see the world outside themselves. MVP Scholars will be empowered to become change agents for social justice.
- MVP Scholars will be provided the skills necessary to effect change within their communities, on a micro and macro level.