George Washington Carver Program
Who was George Washington Carver?
Slave. Student. Researcher. Scholar. Teacher. Inventor. Icon.
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 scholarships in the amount of tuition are awarded to incoming multicultural first year students, directly out of high school as part of the George Washington Carver (GWC) Scholarship program.
To be considered, students must have a 3.50 grade point average AND present a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or minimum SAT score of 1160 (Critical Reading plus Math). Eligible students must identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native, African American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latinx, or Multi-Racial on the application for undergraduate admission.
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.