International Merit Scholarships - Iowa State University

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Iowa State is committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student population. The International Merit Scholarship is awarded to well-rounded students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement, and outstanding talent or achievements in one or more of the following areas: math and sciences, the arts, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship.
Application Requirements A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) comparable to a minimum of 3.0 out of 4.0 (B) The SAT is not required, but if submitted, it will be considered A one-page essay which describes one or more of your achievements in the areas outlined in the Award Description above (A resume or CV is optional) One letter of recommendation How to Apply
You must submit your Undergraduate Application for Admission before applying for the International Merit Scholarship. However, you do not have to wait for our decision on your application before you apply for the scholarship.
Deadline: Applying for the Scholarship
Please send the required materials to us via email at Include the following in the subject line: Attn: International Merit Scholarship Selection Committee.


Incoming freshmen applicants and transfer applicants with fewer than 65 transferrable semester credits.


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There are two international Merit Scholarship levels (see below). Freshmen and transfer applicants are eligible for both levels of awards.
Gold - $8,000/year (renewable)\*
Cardinal - $4,000/year (renewable)\*
\ Freshman recipients will be funded for a maximum of 8 semesters, or completion of the degree, whichever comes first.
Transfer recipients will be funded for a maximum of 5 semesters, or completion of the degree, whichever comes first.
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