George Washington Carver Full-Tuition Scholarship

One hundred full-tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming undergraduate US multicultural freshmen directly out of high school as part of the George Washington Carver (GWC) Scholarship program. The scholarship is worth full undergraduate tuition for in-state students at a value of $8,042/year or out-of-state students at a value of $23,230/year based on current tuition rates.

December 1, 2020 was the PRIORITY deadline tp apply We will continue to accept late applications through December 17, 2020.

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 2021 students can apply for the GWC scholarship based upon meeting the minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA requirement.

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 2021 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).

Undergraduate Tuition
Supplemental Questions
  1. The application has three essay questions. You must complete this required essay question that refers to a quote by George Washington Carver. Then, answer one additional essay question; choose question 2 OR question 3. Answering all three essay questions will not benefit you. We will only review two essays.

    REQUIRED ESSAY: “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” - George Washington Carver (Scholar, Educator, and the first African American to enroll at Iowa State University). How will the GWC Scholarship help you achieve your academic and personal goals?

  2. ESSAY CHOICE 2: “The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.” - Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee activist, social worker, community developer and the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation). Tell us about a time when you were less than successful at something. What were the circumstances? How did you respond to being less than successful? What lessons did you learn?

  3. ESSAY CHOICE 3: “Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” - Cesar Chavez (American labor leader, community organizer, businessman, and Latino American civil rights activist). What does it mean to you to be part of a community with others who hold historically marginalized identities? What challenges has it brought and how have you overcome them? What are the benefits?

  4. Do you have a family member who was part of the George Washington Carver scholarship program?

  5. If you answered yes to question 4, who is the family member? And what relationship are they to you and what year(s) were they a George Washington Carver Scholar?

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