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 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.

Eligibility: students must fulfill all minimums to be invited to apply for the GWC scholarship:

  • Have a minimum 3.50 grade point average; AND
  • Identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native, African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American, Hispanic or Latina/ox, or Multi-Racial on the application for undergraduate admission. 
  • A student must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, refugee or asylee to qualify.

Historically, students must have a 3.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and present a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or minimum SAT total score of 1160 (Reading and Writing+Math) to be considered. Understanding that many students do not have standardized test scores or may have scores that are several years old, Fall 2022 students can apply for the GWC scholarship based upon meeting the minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA requirement.

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.

The GWC scholarship application is available after completing the General Application in OneApp, the Office of Student Financial Aid’s scholarship portal. The priority deadline to apply for the GWC scholarship is December 15.

The GWC selection committee will review students’ academic information from the application for admission in addition to the essay questions on the application to select recipients. Students must be admitted and submit the application through OneApp by December 15.

Students will be notified by March 2022 if they are selected to receive the GWC 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).


GWC scholarship application available through OneApp by December 15.

Submit FAFSA by December 1 (annually)

**Fall 2022 Frequently Asked Questions**

Future GWC Scholars

Scholar Expectations and Opportunities

GWC Staff and Faculty Council