George Washington Carver Program



Who was George Washington Carver?
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After receiving his education at Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State University), Dr. Carver gained an international reputation during his career at Tuskegee University.  His research resulted in the creation of 325 products from peanuts, more than 100 products from sweet potatoes, and hundreds more from a dozen other plants native to the South. These products contributed to rural economic improvement by offering alternative crops to cotton that were beneficial for the farmers and for the land.

One hundred full-tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming undergraduate US first-year students directly out of high school as part of the George Washington Carver (GWC) Scholarship program. This award opportunity is available to students enrolling at Iowa State for 2023. The scholarship is worth full undergraduate tuition for in-state students at a value of $8,678/year or out-of-state students at a value of $25,162/year based on current tuition rates.

January 10, 2023 is the deadline to apply. The application asks for two essays; the first has a limit of 3 sentences and the second has a limit of 500 words.

Students must fulfill one of the following 3 academic minimums to apply for the GWC scholarship:

  1. Have a 3.70 cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) or
  2. Present a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or
  3. Present a minimum SAT total score of 1160 (Reading and Writing+Math)

Note, students with both a 3.70 cumulative high school GPA and a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or minimum SAT total score of 1160 (Reading and Writing+Math) will be more competitive in earning one of the 100 scholarships available.

Students will be notified by March 2023 if they are selected to receive the GWC Full-Tuition Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for an additional three years (for a total of four years or eight semesters of undergraduate study), provided the student maintains a cumulative 2.50 Iowa State grade point average, and each academic year completes 24 new credit hours at the university. Students must also remain continuously enrolled and enroll in and successfully complete the UST 105 and UST 106 courses. The scholarship is not need-based, but we ask all students who want to be considered for the award to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Because the GWC Scholarship is valued at full tuition, recipients are NOT eligible to receive the following awards:  Academic Recognition Award, Award for Competitive Excellence, Cardinal Leadership Scholar Award, Nonresident Initiative to Commend Excellence, Return to Iowa--Generations Scholarship, Multicultural Vision Program Tuition Scholarship, Science Bound Tuition Scholarship, and the ISU Grant.  Recipients may use other scholarships awarded by Iowa State as well as outside scholarships and grants (including the Federal Pell Grant) to pay for room and board, fees, books and personal expenses.  Please note that fees are separate from tuition.


GWC scholarship application available through OneApp by January 10.

Submit FAFSA by January 10 (annually)

Future GWC Scholars

Scholar Expectations and Opportunities

GWC Staff and Faculty Council