Bright Scholars of Iowa Award

The Bright Scholars of Iowa award is available to entering first-year who will graduate from an Iowa high school and exhibit outstanding academic achievement as well as qualify for a Federal Pell Grant. Outstanding academic achievement is defined by: Top 10% of graduating class; OR RAI Score of 299+; OR ACT Score of 28+.

Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to learning and community service, as well as success in the face of adversity. Preference is given to students whose parents have not graduated from an accredited four-year college or university.

The amount of the scholarship is equal to the cost of attendance less all other gift aid (including Pell Grants, institutional grants and scholarships, and private scholarships). The award is renewable for up to three additional years, provided the student maintains a 2.50 cumulative GPA, demonstrate financial need (as determined by the FAFSA), and is enrolled full-time.

Funds for the scholarship are provided by the Bright Foundation. The Bright Foundation also provides additional communication and experiences for recipients, such as peer connections and networking, to enhance the college experience and help scholars reach their goals. Recipients are expected to provide the Bright Foundation regular updates on their college experience through their Bright Scholar portal.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Bright Scholars of Iowa

    Please submit an essay detailing your commitment to learning and community service and describe how you have succeeded in the face of adversity.