Fall 2021 Automatic Freshman Merit Awards

We are finalizing our automatic freshman merit award program for Fall 2021 applicants. We expect to update our program, including awards and criteria, by October 2020. As Iowa State is test-optional for the Fall 2021 term, students will not be penalized due to lack of an ACT or SAT score, but will undergo a holistic review for automatic freshman merit awards offered through the Office of Admissions.

Fall 2020 Automatic Freshman Merit Awards

Your hard work in the classroom can pay off! Iowa State University offers merit-based awards to new students based on their academic records. Start by applying for admission and you will be considered for our special awards!

Recipients are notified about automatic scholarships shortly after their admission to Iowa State. For qualified students, the Generations Award requires an application. Homeschool students are reviewed individually for scholarships. Students who receive a full tuition scholarship are not eligible for these merit awards from the Office of Admissions.

We have an exceptional adventure in store for high-achieving and highly motivated students like you! Explore your scholarship opportunities now.

Select your state below to review all of the awards available to you through the office of Admissions.