Bright Scholars of Iowa Award


Students who will graduate from an Iowa high school in the spring of 2021 and who will enroll at The University of Iowa in the fall of 2021 may apply for the Bright Scholars of Iowa Award. The amount of the scholarship is equal to the cost of attendance less all other gift aid (including Pell Grants, institutional grants and scholarships, and private scholarships). The Bright Foundation also provides additional communication and experiences for recipients, such as peer connections and networking, to enhance the college experience and help scholars reach their goals.

To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be in the top 10% or equivalent of high school graduating class OR have a 299 Regent Admission Index score or higher OR have an ACT composite of 28 or above;

  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and community service, as well as having achieved success in the face of adversity;

  • File the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid and be eligible for a Pell Grant. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA results must be lower than 5577; AND

  • Be a first generation college student (parents did not graduate from a four year college or university).

    Five UI students will be selected to receive the Bright Scholars of Iowa Award for 2021-22. Renewal is possible for up to an additional three years provided the student maintains at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment at The University of Iowa for fall and spring semesters.

    At the end of the academic year, Bright Scholarship recipients are expected to submit a summary of that year’s college experience to the Bright Foundation.


    Application process:

  • Complete and submit the application on the Iowa Scholarship Portal.
  • All application materials, including the FAFSA, must be received by February 15, 2021.
  • Selected students will be notified in mid-March.
  • Award
    Office of Student Financial Aid
    Supplemental Questions
    1. Your 2021-22 FAFSA and the following completed application must be received by FEBRUARY 15, 2021:

      Please provide your daytime/preferred telephone number:
    2. What is your intended career? If unsure, please indicate "Not sure".
    3. Please read and certify:
      • My father has not graduated from an accredited four-year college or university.
      • My mother has not graduated from an accredited four-year college or university.
    4. High School Sponsored Activities (Clubs, Drama, Music, Sports, etc.): Describe any high school sponsored activities participated in. You may list up to five..
      • 1. Name of Activity:
      • 2. Please select the year(s) you participated in this activity (check all that apply):
      • 3. Describe the activity (note participation level and leadership roles, if any):
    5. Honors/Awards/Achievements: You may list up to five.
      • 1. Name of Honor, Award or Achievement:
      • 2. Please select the year(s) received (check all that apply):
      • 3. Describe the Honor, Award, or Achievement:
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