Prospective Scholars

One hundred full-tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming undergraduate US multicultural 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.

To be considered, students must identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native, African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American, Hispanic or Latino/a/x, or Multi-Racial on the application for undergraduate admission. A student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee, or asylee to qualify.

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).


GWC scholarship application available through OneApp by December January 10

Submit FAFSA by January 10 (annually)