Scholarships Administered by ISSS

These scholarships are only available at certain times during the year. Announcements will be made in the ISSS Update listserve, on the ISSS facebook page, or by group emails sent directly from ISSS when applications will be accepted.

Earn While You Learn Scholarships

The University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) and the Graduate and Professional Students Government (GPSG) offer these scholarships to students who worked on-campus 15 hours a week or more during the Fall 2015 semester and who will continue to maintain on-campus employment during the Spring 2016 semester while being fully enrolled. This year they have reserved five (5) of these $500 scholarship to be awarded to international students.  Of those applicants who meet the base criteria below, the selection committee will give priority to applications that demonstrate (through the personal statement of the online application) the most need and/or unforeseen financial hardship.  The award will be applied directly to a recipient's Spring U-Bill.  Applications will not be held over semester to semester, but an applicant may re-apply during the following year.   In order to be eligible for the Earn While You Learn Scholarship students must:

  • Be a full-time student during the Spring semester in which the scholarship is available (registered for 12 s.h. for undergraduates or 9 s.h. for graduate students)
  • Have a minimum of $500 of unmet financial need
  • Work a minimum of 15 hours per week on-campus (follow up documentation may be requested)
  • Be in good academic standing with the University of Iowa and maintaining F-1 or J-1 status

To apply please complete and submit the online application on the link below by 4:30p.m., Friday, January 15th, 2016. The online application consists of one screen with twelve simple questions and a space for a personal statement. Students may wish to first view the form without submitting, compose their personal statement on their own time, and then return to complete the questions, paste in their concluding personal statement, and submit the form. Their application will not be saved  or officially submitted until they click the orange submit button at the bottom of the screen.

Charles W. Day One-World Scholarships

These two $2500 scholarships were made possible by Dr. Charles Day.  Dr. Day is a retired clinical psychologist and consultant who was raised in Iowa and earned three degrees from the UI (1960 B.A., 1962 M.A., 1964 Ph.D.)  Dr. Day has worked in California, Iowa, and Asia.  In 1986 he moved to India, spending five years teaching psychotherapy and counseling skills to health professionals and teachers, and three more years in Thailand as a Visiting Professor in Psychology.  He  returned to Des Moines in 1994.  Dr. Day's international experiences solidified a desire to help deserving international students study in the U.S. and, by doing so, to contribute to world peace.  The stated purpose of the One World Scholarship Fund is "to promote world peace, understanding, compassion, and harmony among different ethnic and cultural groups through higher education." 

In order to be considered for this scholarship, international students must be undergraduates in good standing enrolled full-time in a degree program at the University of Iowa who demonstrate financial need and are citizens of developing countries. International Student and Scholar Services will award two scholarship of up to $2500 for each Spring and Fall semester. The scholarship amount will be credited directly to the student's U-Bill.  It may be possible to renew the scholarship from one year to the next, provided the following occurs:

  • Student continues to meet the criteria established above
  • Student submits a short renewal application in April; renewal applications and deadlines will be sent to recipients
  • Student understands funding ends with graduation

The Application for this scholarship is currently closed. All eligible international students will be alerted through the ISSS email listserve when the scholarship becomes available again.