Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

One hundred full-tuition scholarships 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 1100 (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.

The Carver Academy. In addition to financial support received through the scholarship award, George Washington Carver (GWC) scholars register and participate in The Carver Academy. The Carver Academy is structured to enhance, encourage, and support its participants' academic, social, and cultural activities throughout their college experience. To promote continuous learning, achievement, and integrity, the Carver Academy provides the following:

  • University Studies Courses
  • Personal Crisis Intervention
  • Involvement Opportunities
  • Career Exploration

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the GWC Orientation?  *UPDATE* The GWC Fall Orientation originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 19th, has been cancelled. The Virtual Fall Orientation presentation highlights important details regarding GWC program requirements and scholarship expectations. As an incoming first year scholar, you are required to view this virtual presentation. In addition, you will need to complete a survey to verify your participation. The survey can be found on the GWC Orientation webpage and your Iowa State email.


What if I have questions about the Orientation Presentation and/or the GWC Scholarship? In addition to the orientation session, the GWC team is providing three virtual Q & A sessions during the summer to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Orientation presentation or the GWC Scholarship. These dates and times are listed below. All sessions will take place via the Zoom Application and in Central Standard Time (CST). These sessions are optional. If you do not have any questions, you are not required to attend.

  • Session 1: Thursday, July 9th, 10:00am - 11:30am (CST)
  • Session 2: Monday, July 20th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm (CST)
  • Session 3: Tuesday, July 28, 3:00pm - 4:00pm (CST)


I attended Iowa State Orientation but did not register for UST 105, what should I do?  Advisers should have a list of all students coded as Carver Scholars. If for whatever reason, a student did not add the UST 105 course to their Fall 2020 schedule, they will need to contact their academic adviser, as soon as possible, to add this course to their schedule.  This is a required course and failure to enroll may had an adverse impact on maintaining the GWC scholarship.


When is the GWC Fall Retreat?  The GWC Fall Retreat will take place Saturday, August 29, 2020.


I am a part of a program, student organization, a try out-group] and I have an event at the same time as the GWC Fall Retreat. What do I do?  The GWC Fall Retreat will take place Saturday, August 29th in the Memorial Union. This will be an in person event where we will be observing social distancing guidelines. This event is a mandatory event for all new scholars. More information regarding the retreat will be given during the virtual orientation presentation and in the UST 105 section(s).


Are there any options for GWC scholars to have help paying for room and board?  No, however, students can utilize other financial aid sources to cover these expenses such as non-tuition scholarship, grants, and loans.


What are the requirements for the fall semester?

  • Enroll in and successfully pass the U ST 105 Seminar
  • Enroll in at least 12 credit hours total
  • The U ST 105 Seminar counts as part of the 12 credit hours
  • Complete Community Service Hours
  • Complete Required Events
  • Submit the FAFSA by December 1, 2020


Is there a way that I cannot live in a residence hall and still get the GWC scholarship? (i.e. student athletes may be required to live in Fredrickson Court, health concerns, family is from Ames, etc).  Yes! They will need their parent or guardian to send a letter to the MSA office stating the reason the student needs to live out of the residence halls.


What is the best way to contact someone about the George Washington Carver Program?  Please email Jasmine Tappin at  Email will be the most efficient method to receive an answer at this time while staff is working remotely.