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University Honors Program

Presidential Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships were established in 1984 by then University of Northern Iowa President Constantine Curris to provide significant scholarship support for entering students with records of outstanding academic performance. Throughout the program's twenty-year history, students showing the highest levels of academic excellence and promise have been recognized and rewarded for their scholastic efforts.

Presidential Scholarships are awarded by the University Honors Program to high school seniors with a history of outstanding academic performance. Recipients will be those whose strong academic credentials are matched by personal involvement in leadership and service activities.

Twenty students will be awarded Presidential Scholarships worth $32,000 over four years ($8000 per year). Finalists for Presidential Scholarships will be invited to campus to interview with the selection committee.


Application Instructions and Deadline

Application criteria

Must meet 2 of 3:

  • ACT composite of 29 or higher (SAT EWR+M of 1340 or higher) 
  • GPA of 3.80 or higher
  • National Merit Semi-Finalist

Deadline: January 15

To apply, complete an application for admission to UNI and submit the UNI Scholarship Application by the January 15 deadline. Be sure to provide a clear and complete description of activities, honors, and leadership positions in the Involvement section of the application. The essay question required of your major/college will also be used as the writing sample for the Presidential Scholarship review process.

Students who meet the application criteria above and submit a complete UNI Scholarship Application will be notified by email of their inclusion in the Presidential Scholarship review process within one week of the January 15 application deadline.


Selection Timeline

January 15, 2017

Applications must be submitted using the UNI Scholarship Application.

February 1, 2017

Finalists for Presidential Scholarships will be invited to campus to interview with the selection committee. Interviews will take place during Up Close Day on Friday, February 10, 2017.

March 1, 2017

Presidential Scholarship recipients will be announced.