I know the Iowa State board isn’t as active as others so just putting this out there for those that might be looking for information. My D was accepted to ISU in June for the Fall of 2020 and in August she received a letter about the automatic scholarship. She has a 3.8 GPA so she automatically gets a merit as an OOS student. As of Sunday Sept. 1, the additional scholarship link is now open. We took a look at it last night.
Here is what we saw. There were three separate parts for her, the General Application, The School of Design Application and then a Financial Aid Application. A lot of basic information to fill out but there are also several questions that you can explain a bit more, up to 250 words.
For the School of Design application similar on the questions where you have up to 250 words to tell about your self and academic goals, but there is also a request to submit 3-5 pieces of your art/design work. I think I saw that all apps need to be completed by December 1. Also, there are separate parts for current versus incoming Freshman so be aware of that if you are a design major.
The Financial Aid App was like four basic questions. I share this more to say if you have a future Cyclone who is looking to apply for the additional scholarships, don’t wait. There is some work you may need to do to craft your answers or in my D’s case she needs to post some of her work. I wouldn’t wait until the last minute, have your student at least go to the link and see what they have to do for their application. Also, remember the automatic is still contingent on your final transcript so make sure to keep the Senior year grades up.
Overall, the scholarship application while needing to take some time isn’t as bad as my older D’s was for her college. However, it still isn’t something you’re just going to breeze through in 30 minutes. You need to give yourself some time.