ISSO Scholarships

What are the ISSO Scholarships?

Every semester, ISSO awards scholarships to degree-seeking students who have documented financial need. ISSO awards multiple scholarships from a variety of funding sources. A large portion of the scholarship funds come from International Student Tuition.
 

Can I be awarded multiple scholarships in one semester?

It is possible that students may be awarded multiple scholarships. ISSO encourages students to apply for every scholarship for which they are eligible.
 

Can I apply for scholarships multiple times during my degree program?

Yes, students can apply for scholarships every fall and spring semester once they are eligible.
 

How much is each scholarship?

The scholarships amounts can fluctuate from year to year. The amount of each scholarship will be disclosed on the application form.

Am I eligible to apply for an ISSO Scholarship?

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply for an ISSO Scholarship:

  • Must have a valid immigration status and have been at ISU in current degree-seeking program for one full academic year (fall and spring semester). For some scholarships, applicants are required to be in F-1 or J-1 status.
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.
    • ISSO defines financial need as an unexpected or unavoidable change in finances that affects a student's ability to be successful in their studies (ex. serious illness, family emergencies, political upheaval, currency devaluation, etc.)
  • Applicants must meet all additional criteria listed under each scholarship.
  • ALL scholarships require a letter from the candidate explaining their financial need and how they will use the scholarship funds (500 word maximum).  Some scholarships require an additional letter to address individual scholarship criteria (500 word maximum).
  • Students participating in Optional Practical Training (OPT)/Post-Completion Academic Training (AT) /Intensive English and Orientation Program (IEOP) are not eligible.

Below are the various scholarships offered through the ISSO. Scholarship availability and amount will differ each semester. Applicants are encouraged to review the scholarship application in full to better understand availability and amount for that particular semester. Note, not all scholarships are available each semester.

Global Scholars Award for Retention

  • Amount: $500 (min) to $2,000 (max)
  • Must be paying the international student tuition rate in a degree-seeking program
  • Cannot have an assistantship
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 (Undergraduate) and 3.0 (Graduate)
  • Preference given to students who have demonstrated financial need
  • Preference given to students employed on campus (not on assistantship) and involved in student activities

Tuition Assistance Grant

  • Amount: $600 (min) to $2,000 (max)
  • Must be undergraduate student
  • Must be in F-1 or J-1 status
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Preference given to students closest to graduation

International Incentive Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Must be undergraduate student
  • Must be in F-1 or J-1 status
  • Must have completed 24 credit hours at Iowa State University
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Preference given to students who have demonstrated financial need

Kennedy-Nehru Memorial Scholarship for the Promotion of International Understanding

  • Amount: Varies
  • Must be in F-1 or J-1 status
  • Must have completed 25 credit hours at Iowa State University
  • Must have contributed to the promotion of international understanding while at Iowa State University
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Preference given to students who have demonstrated financial need

R. Howard and Hazel Kintzley Porter Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Must be in F-1 or J-1 status
  • Must demonstrate financial need and/or academic excellence
  • Must be enrolled full time and making normal progress toward a degree at Iowa State University

Paik Kee Kim Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Must be in F-1 or J-1 status
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Preference given to students who have demonstrated financial need and/or academic excellence
  • Preference given to Korean student or student of Korean ancestry
  • Submit an additional letter describing purpose of student’s education

Rosenfeld International Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Must be in F-1 or J-1 status
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 (Undergraduate) and 3.0 (Graduate)
  • Preference given to students who have demonstrated financial need and/or academic excellence

Marie and Binford Spencer International Scholarship

  • Amount: varies
  • Must be in F-1 or J-1 status
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 (Undergraduate) and 3.0 (Graduate)
  • Preference given to students who have demonstrated financial need and/or academic excellence
  • Preference given to undergraduate students from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe

John Hatsios and Andromache Tsandes Hatsios Award

  • Amount: Varies
  • Must be in F-1 or J-1 status
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 (Undergraduate) and 3.0 (Graduate)
  • Preference given to students who have demonstrated financial need and/or academic excellence
  • Preference given to students who are employed on campus and who are involved in campus activities
  • Preference given to students from Greece or of Greek descent

Mario Gutierrez Award

  • Amount: Varies
  • Must be in F-1 or J-1 status
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 (Undergraduate) and 3.0 (Graduate)
  • Preference given to students who have demonstrated financial need and/or academic excellence

How do I apply for the scholarships?

ISSO will send an e-mail each semester to students when they are able to apply for the ISSO scholarships (Fall: mid-September and Spring: mid-February). During the application submission timeframe, students may submit their scholarship application in Cystart.

 

What do I need to submit with my application?

Students must submit a letter detailing their financial hardship. Only one letter must be submitted for the scholarship application, unless additional documents are required.

 

What is the last day scholarship applications will be accepted?

The due date for all scholarship submissions will be listed in the scholarship application in Cystart. As a reminder, late applications will not be accepted.

 

When will I get a result?

It can take ISSO up to approximately one month to award scholarships. Once ISSO makes a decision, an e-mail will be sent to all applicants.

 

If I receive a scholarship, how will I be given the scholarship?

Your scholarship will be placed on your U-bill during the same semester that you are awarded the scholarship.

 

How long does it take for the scholarship to be placed on my U-bill?

Your scholarship should be seen on your U-Bill within 2 weeks after you are notified via email that you had been awarded a scholarship.

 

What should I do if the scholarship doesn’t show up on my U-bill?

Please email isso@iastate.edu if your scholarship doesn’t show up on your U-bill within 2 weeks of being notified.

 

Who should I contact if I have questions about the ISSO Scholarships?

If you are an undergraduate student, you should contact Elliot Uhl (euhl@iastate.edu). If you are a graduate student, you should contact Katherine Worley (krlund@iastate.edu).