Donor-Funded Freshmen Scholarships

The following scholarships are funded by private donors. No scholarship application is required; however, for those scholarships that require financial need, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all required documents by April 1 prior to their freshmen year. The notification process begins in mid-May and continues through August.

Specific eligibility requirements are listed within each scholarship description.

Tom Brokaw Scholarship Fund--Awarded to first-year Native Americans. This scholarship is based on financial need and merit.


Alice and Eldon Davis Scholarship--Awarded to a graduating senior from Dubuque (Iowa) Senior High School. The scholarship attempts to identify students with high academic potential who may have not yet achieved that level. Potential recipients will be in the upper half of the graduating high school class and at or above the 75th percentile on the ACT test. Financial need is a secondary consideration. This award is based on Dubuque Senior High School's recommendation.

Madeline P. Peterson Scholarship for American Indian Women--Awarded to an entering first-year woman student of American Indian descent with a tribal affiliation. This scholarship is intended to financially assist students who would otherwise be unable to attend college. Renewable for three additional years.

Virginia Es'Dorn Rigler and Robert R. Rigler Scholarship--Awarded to first generation students of promise as identified by the Office of Admissions. Preference to is given to needy rural Iowa residents.

Robert P. Stack Memorial Scholarship--Awarded to an entering first-year student from each of the three Iowa City high schools who shows academic merit, potential, and financial need. Students must be nominated by their high school. Contact: High school guidance counselor.

Ezra L. Totton Scholarship--Awarded to entering first-year students with preference given to Black students intending to major in the physical sciences, preferably chemistry.

Some scholarships have geographical residence requirements and others require graduation from a specific high school. The following links will take you to a web page where the scholarships are listed by the student's area of residence and the high school from which the student graduated.

Scholarships listed by geographical location

Scholarships listed by high school from which student graduated

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