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Scholarships Awarded at UNI

The University of Northern Iowa offers scholarships each year to deserving students, on the basis of merit and/or achievement. Many scholarships consider financial need based on FAFSA results. Scholarship selection is competitive; not all applicants will receive a scholarship. Scholarships require full-time enrollment and maintaining specific grade point requirements.

Not sure where or how to begin your scholarship search? For scholarship consideration, complete the UNI Scholarship Application. This one application allows both current and incoming students to apply for scholarships available in specific majors and other University departments. Incoming students must apply to UNI before they are eligible to apply for scholarships.  The deadline for most scholarships is January 15. 

Many additional scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.  Click on the UNI Scholarship Chart to view scholarships awarded upon admission and select departmental scholarships.  

The UNI Scholarship Directory is also a helpful tool designed to assist students in searching for scholarships.

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming freshmen should complete the UNI Scholarship Application to receive full consideration for all scholarships at UNI.  This application allows students to apply for scholarships available in specific majors and other University departments.  January 15 is the deadline for the majority of scholarships, however the following areas have deadlines that vary:

The University of Northern Iowa offers a variety of scholarships to high-achieving students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance during their high school career.

Transfer Students

Transfer Scholars Award: These $1,000 one year awards are available to incoming transfer students.  If selected, students are notified following full admission to the university.  To be considered, students must be admitted to UNI with 30 transferable hours and have on record a GPA of 3.25 or better at the time of scholarship awarding. 

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships: A $1,000 scholarship for new transfer students who have earned 30 or more semester hours (after high school graduation) at the time of application, have maintained a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and hold membership in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  Must complete a PTK Transfer Scholarship Confirmation form, available at  Scholarships may be renewed for a second year if a student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0and continuous full-time enrollment at UNI.  Priority is given to students admitted before March 15.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All Iowa Academic Scholarships: A $2,000 scholarship awarded to students named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Iowa Academic Team.  This scholarship is renewable for a second year with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment.  Visit for more information. 

Roy J. Carver Scholarships: This $5,200 per year scholarship is awarded to students that have overcome difficult obstacles in their life.  Applicants must have junior level standing.  Apply by April 1 and receive additional information here. 

All other scholarships at UNI require the completion of the UNI Scholarship Application. This application allows students to apply for scholarships available in specific majors and other University departments.

Current Students

For the upcoming year, be sure to complete the UNI Scholarship Application. The application is available between September and April 1. Deadlines vary. Be sure to renew the FAFSA starting January 1 to be considered for need-based scholarships.

UNI Sophomores can apply for the UNI Roy J. Carver Scholarship. Deadline April 1.

Graduate Students

Graduate students should visit with the Graduate College and their department regarding scholarship opportunities.

Off-Campus Scholarships

Start your scholarship early in your high school career. Search within your high school and community for additional scholarships. Check into opportunities with your high school guidance office, places of employment, civic or religious organizations and businesses in the community. While your hometown may be the best place to start, don’t forget about the off-campus opportunities available on the UNI Scholarship Directory. Scholarship searches can also be completed on a national level at or Please remember that all scholarship searches should be free of charge. Be wary if fees are requested during the scholarship search process.

If you are receiving a scholarship from a source other than UNI, we are required by federal regulations to include these funds in your financial aid award. You can report additional scholarships on your financial aid award notification at MyUNIverse or by e-mail at

Off-Campus Scholarship Donors

When sending checks for students attending UNI, please print and complete the UNI Scholarship Donor Form. Enclose the Form with the check(s) and send to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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