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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018
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Phone:  (319) 273-2281
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eMail:  admissions@uni.edu

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SCHOLARSHIPS

11,522 AWARDS TOTALING $22.6 MILLION | 5,682 RECIPIENTS

UNI offers thousands of scholarships each year to deserving students. A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.

How to Hit the Bullseye in Your Search for Scholarships

All students should begin by searching for scholarships in their hometown or community. High School guidance counselors are a great place to start exploring all of resources available to you in your community.

Next, begin pursuing scholarships at the colleges or universities that you're still considering. UNI offers some scholarships as early as you're admitted, as well as allowing all students to complete the UNI Scholarship Application. This online application allows students to apply for hundreds of scholarships in one convenient location.

Other scholarship options include regional or national scholarship searches. Make sure most of your time and energy is spent pursuing scholarship from your hometown and colleges you're planning to attend.

Food for thought
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$1000 Scholarship

÷ 10(hours of work)

$100/hr

Distinguished scholars award

DISTINGUISHED

SCHOLARS AWARD

This award is available to new incoming freshmen from Iowa. There are three tiers of the award based on GPA and ACT scores. Awards are between $1,000 and $2,000 per year for four years ($4,000 - $8,000 value). 

TIPS FOR COMPLETING THE

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

  • START EARLY!

    The scholarship application is available leading into your senior year and you can complete it through January 15.

  • TAKE YOUR TIME

    Make sure that you are entering all applicable information and that you’re being accurate.

  • TAKE A BREAK

    You can save the scholarship application and come back to it at any time.

  • COMPLETE THE ESSAYS!

    Some scholarships require the general essay or other essays as listed. Remember that you can enter all of the other information, save the application, and come back to it after you’ve written the essays.

  • PROOFREAD

    Don’t leave any typos and have someone else (or several people!) proofread your essays.

  • COMPLETE IT ON TIME!

    The scholarship application is due January 15th but some scholarships may have deadlines before that.