Scholarships and Grants

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KNIGHTS PRIORITY SCHOLARSHIP DAYS: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 | Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 | Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 | Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Regents and Presidential Scholarships $23,000-$25,000
Last year, Wartburg awarded nearly 500 Regents and Presidential Scholarships to first-year students valued at about $8.4 million. Wartburg evaluates merit based scholarships on a combination of a student’s high school grade point average, class rank, and ACT/SAT score. Typically, students who have a high school minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and rank in the top 25 percent of their high school class AND have an ACT composite score of 22 (1030 SAT) or higher will receive a Regents or Presidential Scholarship. Students who qualify and choose to participate in one of Wartburg’s Knights Priority Scholarship Days have the opportunity to increase their Regents or Presidential Scholarship. All awards are based on merit and not financial need, are renewable for a maximum of eight terms contingent upon full time enrollment and the maintenance of at least a 2.7 cumulative grade point average.

Meistersinger Music Scholarship/Music Ensemble Grant up to $5,000 per year
To qualify, you must respond to an audition invitation and be accepted for admission. Competition is open to music and non-music majors. If your scholarship is for $2500 or above you must also enroll in music lessons each term. If you audition and receive an amount less than $2500 you will be awarded a Music Ensemble Scholarship. All recipients of a music scholarship must participate in an ensemble.

Tuition Exchange Program for Imports up to full tuition
Dependents of employees at other higher education institutions may qualify for the tuition exchange program.

Iowa Private College Week Award of $500 per year
Awarded to first year students on the basis of participation in Iowa Private College Week prior to enrollment. Not based on financial need.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Grant $1500 per year
Awarded to first year students who complete and receive an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Americorps Matching Grant (PDF)
Matches up to 50 percent of the AmeriCorps Education Award for students who meet selection criteria.

All-State and/or Lutheran Summer Music Academy RecognitionA $2,500 minimum Meistersinger Music Scholarship is awarded to a student who is an All State participant and/or an alumnus of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. Students have the opportunity to increase their Meistersinger scholarship by auditioning. Please see Meistersinger Music Scholarship description.

Iowa Academic Decathlon $3,000 per year
Awarded to first year students with the highest point totals in each of Varsity, Scholastic, and Honors categories. Renewable for three additional years if student remains enrolled full-time and maintains a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Legacy Grant $1,500 per year
For full-time students with alumni parent(s) and/or grandparents, and students with a sibling who currently attends or has graduated from Wartburg. Applicable toward tuition. Not based on financial need.

Out-of State-Grant variable amount
For students residing outside Iowa who demonstrate academic potential. Based on financial need. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted to the processor by July 1 of the award year.

NSF S-STEM: Academically and Civically Engaged Scientists (ACES) Scholarship Program $10,000 per year awarded to high achieving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students.  ACES students will participate in cohort programming including mentoring, leadership and professional development, and community service activities each semester and will be part of the Scholars program and earn a Leadership minor.  This scholarship is funded in by the National Science Foundation (DUE 1356028).  Females and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

McElroy Scholarship / Slife Scholarship full tuition
For first-year underrepresented students, based on recommendation and grade point average. Preference to students from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa, area. Renewable based on academic performance. Recipients are required to live on campus.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship $1,500 per year for two years
Awarded to transfer students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa at a two-year institution. You must be accepted for admission and complete a scholarship application, have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and have completed at least 30 semester hours of transfer credit by March 1.

International & Overseas American Student Scholarships amounts vary
Awarded to international and overseas Americans based on merit.

State Pageant Award
Awarded to Iowa, Colorado, and Missouri State Pageant participants.  Winner of each pageant will receive a $2000 scholarship. First runner-up will be awarded a $1500 scholarship.

National Merit Finalist Scholarship $2,000 per year
Awarded to first-year students who list Wartburg as their first choice with the National Merit Corporation and are selected as finalists.

Wartburg College Funded, Endowed Scholarships $50-$2,500 per year
A total of 655 scholarships recognizing academic talents, vocational goals and personal characteristics. Recipients recommended by academic departments. Primarily for upper-class students. Other awards may be affected by the receipt of a funded or endowed scholarship.

Transfer Scholarship $14,000 to $20,000
Scholarship amount is calculated based on a transfer grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The longevity of all institutional funding will be prorated based on status upon enrollment.  Renewal of this scholarship requires maintaining a 2.7 GPA.

Wartburg College Grant variable amount
For students with academic potential who demonstrate financial need AND for first-year students with no other scholarship support from Wartburg College. Amounts are determined by financial need and academic achievement.

Education Partners in Covenant (EPIC) up to $750 per year
For members of participating congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A matching funds program between the congregation and the college. Not based on financial need. Wartburg matches up to $750 per academic year.

Diversity Grant amount determined by need
For under-represented students with academic potential. Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) must be completed.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIP DAYS

Please take advantage of the opportunity to earn a scholarship by attending one of our academic department scholarship days. Limit one per student.

Business Visit Day Scholarship up to $1,500 per year
Awarded to first year students on the basis of participation in the Business visit day prior to enrollment. Not based on financial need.

Wartburg Science Symposium Scholarship up to $1,500 per year
Offered each fall as a part of the Wartburg Science Symposium. For first-year students on the basis of participation in the Wartburg Science Symposium. Not based on financial need. Contact the college by the end of October for information.

Education Visit Day Scholarship up to $1,500 per year
Awarded to first year students on the basis of participation in the Education visit day prior to enrollment. Not based on financial need.

Journalism and Communication Scholarship up to $1,500 per year
Offered to prospective students on the basis of participation in the Journalism and Communication visit days and/or summer camps. The communication area of emphasis may change from year to year. Attendance at the visit day and camp must be prior to enrollment.  Not based on financial need.

Social Work Visit Day Scholarship up to $1,500 per year
Awarded to first year students on the basis of participation in the Social Work visit day prior to enrollment. Not based on financial need.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Yellow Ribbon Program
Grant assistance for U.S. military veterans.  Through the GI Bill a qualifying veteran can receive the value of in-state public university tuition.   This program allows that amount to be applied toward private college tuition and Wartburg College will pay up to 50 percent of the remaining tuition costs. Wartburg’s funds will then be matched by the US Department of Veteran Affairs. The GI Bill also provides veterans with a housing allowance (the amount based on location) and an annual allowance of up to $1,000 for books and supplies. In addition, veterans also qualify for fixed-rate federal loans to cover other expenses. For more information, contact the Wartburg College financial aid office at 319 352-8262 or email finaid@wartburg.edu.

GEAR UP Iowa
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) Iowa was created to significantly increase the number of low-income and underrepresented students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.  Participants in the year round program will discover the importance of education, improve academic skills, identify career interests, and explore college opportunities.

Beginning in the 2008-2009 academic year, the GEAR UP Iowa program began to provide resources to students as they progress from 7th to 12th grade, helping them plan, prepare and pay for college.  Students who are eligible and complete the program will receive a $4000 scholarship to attend Wartburg College.

Federal Grants

PELL GRANT $605 – $5645 per year
For students from low-and middle-income families who show financial need and are degree seeking. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Amounts are determined by the U.S. Department of Education.

SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT $500-$1,000
Awarded to students receiving Pell Grants and demonstrating high financial need.

TEACH GRANT up to $4000 per year
For students interested in a full-time teaching career and committed to teaching for at least four years in a high-need subject area at a school that serves low-income families.  Students may receive up to $16,000 for undergraduate study. Part-time students are eligible, but the maximum grant will be pro-rated based on enrollment status.  If students do not fulfill stated teaching requirements, the grant will be converted to a loan with interest. Eligibility Requirements (PDF)TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling

Other Federal Aid:

FEDERAL WORK STUDY/CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT $500- $2500 per year
Awards are estimates. Earnings are based upon hours worked. Preference to early applicants. Once accepted and registered for classes, students may apply online for campus employment.

State Scholarships and Grants

ALL IOWA OPPORTUNITY FOSTER CARE GRANT up to $8,569 per year
For students between the ages of 17-24 who have aged out of Iowa’s foster care system or State Training School and students who are adopted after age 16 may qualify.

ALL IOWA OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP up to $7,853 IN 2014-2015
For students who do well in high school and demonstrate financial need.

IOWA STATE FAIR SCHOLARSHIP $500 – $1,000
For students who have actively participated in the Iowa State Fair.

IOWA TUITION GRANT (up to $5,000 per year – amount determined by the Iowa Legislature and can be increased or decreased dependent on the availability of funds) Student must be an Iowa resident. Grant is awarded to students from low-and middle-income families who show financial need and are degree seeking at a private Iowa college or university.

All Iowa Grants and Scholarships require Iowa residency. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the July 1, deadline to determine financial need. There may be other requirements for applying.  See more details and specific eligibility requirements at: Iowa College Student Aid Commission.

Outside Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

*Wartburg College does not endorse these scholarship programs. They are only provided as a resource.