Iowa State University of Science and Technology is a public land-grant research university in Ames, Iowa. It is the largest university in the state of Iowa and the third largest university in the Big 12 athletic conference.
Founded in 1858 and coeducational from its start, Iowa State became the nation’s first designated land-grant institution when the Iowa Legislature accepted the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act on September 1862, making Iowa the first state in the nation to do so.
Iowa State’s academic offerings are administered through eight colleges, including the graduate college, that offer over 100 bachelor’s degree programs, 112 master’s degree programs, and 83 doctoral degree programs, plus a professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.
Iowa State University’s athletic teams, the Cyclones, compete in Division I of the NCAA and are a founding member of the Big 12. The Cyclones field 16 varsity teams and have won numerous NCAA national championships
Iowa State is the only university in the United States that has a U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory physically located on its campus. Operated by Iowa State, the Ames Laboratory is one of ten national DOE Office of Science research laboratories.
ISU research for the government provided Ames Laboratory its start in the 1940s with the development of a highly efficient process for producing high-purity uranium for atomic energy. Today, Ames Laboratory continues its leading status in current materials research and focuses diverse fundamental and applied research strengths upon issues of national concern, cultivates research talent, and develops and transfers technologies to improve industrial competitiveness and enhance U.S. economic security. Ames Laboratory employs more than 430 full- and part-time employees, including more than 250 scientists and engineers. Students make up more than 20 percent of the paid workforce.
The Ames Laboratory is the U.S. home to 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Dan Shechtman and is intensely engaged with the international scientific community, including hosting a large number of international visitors each year.
Iowa State is committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student population.
The International Merit Scholarship is awarded to well-rounded students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement, and outstanding talent or achievements in one or more of the following areas: math and sciences, the arts, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship.
- Available only for incoming first-year international citizens (not U.S. citizens or permanent residents).
- Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at the university.
- Since this is an academic and merit-based scholarship, students must have incredible academic credit.
- All applying applicants must have a minimum 3.33 UI cumulative GPA as reported on the unofficial UI grade report.
- Applicants that are international students will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study at Iowa University.
The scholarship will be awarded for Undergraduate degree in any subject offered by the university:
- Accounting Courses (ACCT)
- Actuarial Science Courses (Statistics and Actuarial Science) (ACTS)
- Aerospace Studies Courses (AERO)
- African American Studies Courses (AFAM)
- Aging and Longevity Studies Courses (ASP)
- American Sign Language Courses (ASL)
- American Sign Language in English Courses (ASLE)
- American Studies Courses (AMST)
- Anatomy and Cell Biology Courses (ACB)
- Anesthesia Courses (ANES)
- Animation Courses (Art and Art History) (ANIM)
- Anthropology Courses (ANTH)
- Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences Courses (AMCS)
- Arabic Courses (French and Italian) (ARAB)
- Cancer Biology Courses (Biomedical Science) (CBIO)
- Cardiothoracic Surgery Courses (Surgery) (CTS)
- Cardiovascular Interventional Program Courses (RSCI)
- Career Center Programs Courses (CCP)
- Center for Diversity and Enrichment Courses (CDE)
- Center for the Book Courses (UICB)
- Ceramics Courses (Art and Art History) (CERM)
- Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Courses (CBE)
- Chemistry Courses (CHEM)
- Chinese Courses (Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures) (CHIN)
- Cinematic Arts Courses (CINE)
- Dietary Courses (DIET)
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Courses (ECE)
- German Courses (GRMN)
- Global Health Studies Courses (GHS)
- Health and Physical Activity Skills Courses (Health and Human Physiology) (HPAS)
- Health Management and Policy Courses (HMP)
- Microbiology and Immunology Courses (MICR)
- And many many more are available
This scholarship selection is competitive, and is based on holistic review of all application information, high school marks/grades, and ACT or SAT scores.
To apply for the award, applicants must take admission at the university. After then apply for this online application process.
International students will need a student visa for the United States of America. No matter where the international students is originally located, they can apply for this scholarship. However, the student must have all of their government and official paperwork ready to submit to immigration. Students should contact immigration by asking the university’s admissions office about what steps they can take to secure a student visa and as quickly as possible.
All applicants cannot have a prior criminal record or offense when applying. If they do, that individual cannot apply and if they do their application will be dismissed.
How to Apply
All applicants are welcome to participate and submit the application page, two essays (Statement of Proposed Study and Personal Statement – every 750 words or less), an unofficial grade report (from MyUI Student Portal), and two letters of reference (UI faculty/Teaching Assistants).
Reward – Extra Benefits
The University of Iowa will provide the award amount of $500 – $10,000 per year to the successful candidates.
This amount goes towards tuition, equipment fees, excess tuition fees, and any other educational fees. If educational fees are paid off, then the money award can be used towards monthly living expenses.However, students that can use this for monthly living expenses will need to contact admissions first to contact the financial advisor to see if the university would accept or instead pay towards hidden education fees.
The official deadline date is May 1, 2022. If the deadline is changed for any reason at all, student should refer back to the website of the university link that is located on this page.
Open Submission Window Time Frame
The open submission window time frame is from late 2021 to May 1, 2022. Giving a general 6 months open window time frame for when students can submit their scholarship application.
This is an annual scholarship that is awarded to a handful of international students per year. Anywhere from 5 – 12 students are awarded.