The Alderman Scholars Program was established by a grant from the Everett Alderman Endowment Fund given to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The scholarships are in memory of Mr. Alderman's wife, Marthe Benzon Alderman, and his parents, Gertrude Welty Alderman and A. Bruce Alderman.
The Alderman Scholarships are intended to assist needy, worthy and appreciative students who are majoring, or intending to major, in a field of study within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
This includes the following departments: Geography; History; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology; and the School of Applied Human Sciences.
The awards are in amounts up to $6,000 per year. Scholarships may be renewed each year, for a maximum of four years of funding, provided sufficient funding exists and the student:
1. Remain enrolled as a full-time student in good academic standing in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
2. Participate in university and/or community service activities such as volunteerism, membership and participation in campus organizations, personal service to others (Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YWCA/YMCA, Red Cross), etc.
3. Complete and submit the online UNIversity Scholarship Application by January 15 each year.
4. Complete and return the Alderman Scholars Renewal Form by February 15 each year.
5. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1 each year.
To apply for the Alderman Scholars Program a student must meet the following criteria:
- Apply for admission to the University of Northern Iowa;
- Be a major or prospective major in a field of study within the UNI College of Social and Behavioral Sciences;
- Experience difficulties not of the applicant's own making or show evidence of learning from past mistakes and/or generally show promise of producing a good return on the investment represented by the award.
Degree of financial need will also be a consideration
Recipients will be students of potential and promise who have to work hard to make ends meet or who have been faced with challenging circumstances in their lives.
Examples of these circumstances might include, but are not limited to, students attending college while working at full-time jobs; students with personal disabilities; students with families to support; students who are members of disenfranchised groups.
A complete Alderman Scholarship application will include:
- An official application form. (Applicants must apply using the UNIversity Scholarship Application.)
- A two-page essay completed by the student.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation, from persons other than family members, in support of the applicant. A copy of the essay and a copy of the recommendation form must be given to each person asked to write a recommendation. (Download as a PDF file.)
- Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to be mailed to their processing center or filled out on-line at the FAFSA web site as soon as possible. (We do not need a copy of your FAFSA information.)
Deadline to Receive Application Materials
This application, the essay and the letters of recommendation must be received by January 15, and awardees are generally notified by April 1.
Direct inquiries or send materials to:
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
319 Sabin Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0403