George S. Schaeffer Scholarship in Science

Student must be an Iowa resident and their family must be currently or historically engaged in agriculture. Student must have a minimum UI gpa of 3.5, earned 30 hours of college credit, be enrolled full-time, and seeking their first undergraduate degree.

Awarded to a currently enrolled undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences majoring in one of the following departments: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Health and Human Physiology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, or Statistics & Actuarial Science.

Up to $2,500
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Supplemental Questions
  1. Write a short essay that describes your agricultural or non-urban background, if applicable, and how your academic experiences have affected your educational and career goals.
  2. Please provide the name and email address for at least one individual who can provide a recommendation. (TRIO students may use their Academic Coach.) Make sure you have the full name and correct University of Iowa e-mail address for each recommendation submitted on your behalf. All references must be faculty at The University of Iowa. While the system will not stop you from listing a Teaching Assistant, or other individuals, the committee will not consider these individuals during the CLAS Scholarship review process.

    Once the reference name and email address is entered and you click “Save and Keep Editing” or “Finish and Submit”, an e-mail will be automatically sent to the individuals completing your recommendation. That e-mail will contain the correct information on how to complete the recommendation form.


    • If you use the same reference for multiple CLAS scholarships, they will only be requested to submit one recommendation as long as you select the reference from the drop down list, rather than typing in the name again.

    • Individuals will be asked to answer three (3) questions about your academic performance and they will not be able to upload a letter of recommendation.

    • Applicants are not able to view the information submitted by the reference.

    • If you decide to change references after an email has already been sent to the original reference, please contact the faculty member and inform him/her that the recommendation is no longer needed.
    • Provide Name and UIowa Email Address
  3. Academic Record Consent

    I understand by checking this box I provide the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences permission to include my academic record with my scholarship application. I certify that the above knowledge is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
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