Undergraduate scholarships

The School of Education offers the following scholarships and awards to undergraduates majoring in elementary education, early childhood education and secondary education who are a part of our Educator Preparation Program.

The College of Human Sciences uses one application to apply for any of the SOE undergraduate scholarships and any College of Human Sciences scholarships you are eligible for. On the application, answer the additional questions and complete the appropriate essays for the School of Education section. When you are finished, continue to the last page to submit the application.

Some of the scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. If you are interested in applying for these scholarships, you must authorize a copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as described in the CHS scholarship application. 

FAFSA deadline: December 1st


Branstad Scholarship

Student status: Incoming freshman

Eligibility: Iowa resident, elementary education major with commitment to teaching in Iowa, extra-curricular activities, academic excellence, and leadership ability. Students must currently be a high school senior.

Elizabeth Sisson Wych Scholarship

Student status: Junior or senior class standing

Eligibility: Elementary education major; maintains 3.3 GPA

J.S. Latta Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education or early childhood education major; 3.0 minimum GPA; financial need

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due by December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Linda Schakel Scholarship

Student status:  Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education or early childhood education major; in teacher preparation program; financial need;preference to Honors Program.

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA is due by December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Margaret & Barton Morgan Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education or early childhood education major, 3.0 GPA, financial need. 

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due by December 1. The FAFSA will be made available electronically in late November. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Nicole Jill Jepsen Memorial

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major, maintain 3.0 GPA; graduate of Iowa high school

Orva Stanford Alexander Scholarship

Student status: Incoming freshman

Eligibility: Iowa resident; preference to an incoming freshman in elementary education or early childhood education; first-year student who demonstrates a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale; must be working towards teacher licensure

Ruth & J.R. Underwood Scholarship

Student status: Incoming freshman, Iowa resident

Eligibility: Elementary education or secondary education major; demonstrates outstanding dedication and achievement in extracurricular activities or other personal activities outside the classroom; shows promise to make significant contribution as a teacher; maintains 3.0 GPA.

Price & Lucille Manatt Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major; financial need; aptitude for success in teaching; scholastic ability

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due by December 1. The FAFSA will be made available electronically in late November. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Deborah Zack Schultz Scholarship

Student status: Junior or senior class standing

Eligibility: Elementary education major

Edgar A. & Evelyn Benzler Tanruther Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major; academic achievement; potential for leadership

Elaine M. Merkley Teaching Award

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education or early childhood education major; financial need; aptitude for success in teaching; scholastic ability

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA due December 1. The FAFSA will be made available electronically in late November. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Terry Peterson Denny Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major with the intent to teach children with learning disabilities

Virgil & Dorothy Lagomarcino Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major; admitted to the teacher education program; minimum 3.0 GPA; financial need

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Neil Alexander Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Secondary education major; Iowa resident

Field of study: Majors: History, physical education, and/or science

Albert H Guse Scholarship

Student status: Junior or senior class standing

Eligibility: Elementary education major; minimum 3.0 GPA; financial need

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Laura Ramker Gerhard Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

Student status: Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing

Eligibility: Elementary education major; financial need

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Rowan Scholarship

Student status: Junior or senior class standing

Eligibility: Pursuing educator preparation

Richard and Shirley Warren Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education; 2.5 GPA

Betty Holland Dop and Howard L Dop Scholarship

Student status: Sophomore, junior, senior class standing

Eligibility: Elementary education, financial need

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Marilyn J Bruch-Berg Memorial Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education or early childhood education major; graduate of Iowa high school 

Dan Woodin Memorial Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major; graduate of Ames High School

Myrna and Jon Hamann Student Teaching Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education or secondary education major; intentions to teach in STEM at high school or middle school level

Durwin and Margorie Hanson Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Financial need; pursuing educator preparation

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due by December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Sharon Richman Elementary Education Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major; financial need; graduated from Iowa high school

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due by December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Myrna and Jon Hamann Scholarship for Transferring Education Students

Student status: Undergraduate transfer student elementary education or secondary education

Eligibility: Transfer student; elementary education or secondary education major; pursuing educator preparation; incoming GPA 2.75  

Maribeth Henney Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education or early childhood education major; completed one course in reading; participate in a reading related service

Heather Anderson White Memorial Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major; financial need; Iowa resident; awarded in even years. 

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due by December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Sharon Kurns Educational Excellence Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Junior; enrolled in School of Education working toward becoming a teacher resident of Iowa

Parrott Family Education Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Junior or senior; elementary education major; awarded in odd years

Kathryn A. and Lloyd A. Bettis Scholarship

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major; financial need

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due by December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online.

Ruth and Roger Grundmeier Scholarship Elementary Education

Student status: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Elementary education major, 3.0 or above GPA

Financial need: To demonstrate financial need, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is due by December 1. Persons not currently receiving student aid should request a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) online and complete the FAFSA online