Since its inception in May of 2000, Rainbow Graduation has celebrated the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students, as well as their accomplices. This annual event honors both undergraduate and graduate/professional students who graduate in the Fall or Spring semester. Rainbow Graduation features UI faculty, staff, students, and community members, and is followed by a reception.
How to Apply
Sponsored jointly by the University of Iowa Foundation, the Office of Student Financial Aid, and the UI LGBT Staff and Faculty Association, this scholarship is available to qualified University of Iowa undergraduate students who are active in the UI gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community.
This annual scholarship is intended for a regularly enrolled University of Iowa undergraduate student who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; who demonstrates financial need; and who graduated from an Iowa high school.
How to Apply
The deadline for this scholarship was February 1, 2020.
Stephen Lynn Smith (1944-2009) was born in Cedar Rapids and raised in nearby Marion. A 1963 graduate of Marion High School, he enrolled in the ROTC program at the State University of Iowa (the original name for the University of Iowa) that summer, majoring in engineering. Perhaps influenced by the 1963 March on Washington that August, Steve embraced the Civil Rights Movement. He soon joined the local chapter of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and in 1964 participated in Freedom Summer, an effort to register African Americans in Mississippi to vote. He was one of over 800 volunteers from across the country.
Two awards of $2500 each will be given to students demonstrating a commitment to the principles of social justice and progress. This award is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Applications must include:
A one-page statement describing your academic or career goals, and some ways in which these reflect a concern for social justice.
Two letters of recommendation.
Unofficial transcripts of UI coursework
The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 has passed.
This is a diversity outreach, need-based scholarship for first-year, first-generation college students from Storm Lake Senior High School in Storm Lake, Iowa. For consideration, students must apply for admission to the University of Iowa, complete the scholarship application on the Iowa Scholarship Portal (link is external), and submit the FAFSA (link is external) by December 1 of their senior year of high school. The online application consists of an essay question and providing the name of a person (teacher, counselor, or mentor) who can provide a letter of recommendation on the student's behalf.
This scholarship is renewable for an additional three years or until a bachelor’s degree is conferred (whichever comes first). The following requirements must be met to maintain eligibility:
Be a first-generation college student (no parent/guardian obtained a 4-year college degree);
Demonstrate financial need;
Be a graduate of Storm Lake Senior High School;
Enroll in and attend the Iowa Edge Program - This is a four day orientation for selected minority and first-generation students;
File the FAFSA each year by the filing deadline, if eligible for federal aid (DACA and undocumented students should contact Financial Aid directly at 319-335-1450);
Maintain continuous, full-time enrollment and a minimum 2.0 University of Iowa cumulative GPA;
Attend required monthly meetings with the Storm Lake Scholars Program Coordinator and Faculty Advisor; and
Become an active member of the TRIO Student Support Services Program, if eligible.
To be eligible, a student must have graduated from UI in December 2018 or plan to graduate from UI in May 2019.
How to Apply
Criteria for Selection:
Student leaders serve as officers in student organizations or social groups. We recognize the importance of acknowledging those who often work behind the scenes. Student leaders are:
Visionary - understanding the “larger issues” and by demonstrating the ability to articulate their vision, inspiring their peers to action
Initiators - seeking out and accept positions of responsibility in groups and organizations, performing tasks with dedication and diligence
Influential - exhibiting the ability to influence others with sound reason, judgment, and good will with respect to sociopolitical and other issues that affect student life at the University
Dedicated - volunteering to accept additional tasks, not for reasons of self-interest, but because they believe doing so will help achieve the goals of the group
Please nominate one student if submitting nomination on behalf a department, office, or student organization.
After identifying the student, you will be requested to provide details how your student has demonstrated contributions to diversity, inclusion and leadership at the university and/or surrounding community (300-500 words) and identify organizations and leadership positions your nominee has been involved in.
2019 Nomination Form - coming soon!
Awarded to first generation students of promise as identified by the Office of Admissions. Preference to is given to needy rural Iowa residents.
If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail).