The Bright Scholar Award

Helping Students Across Iowa

Funded by the Bright Foundation, The Bright Scholars of Iowa Award is a need and merit based grant designed to help ensure that a selected number of outstanding Iowa high school seniors have the financial means to complete a two-year or four-year college education without debt. Initiated in 2012, the award was made to three students, one each attending Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa.

In 2013, five awards were made by each of the three state universities. In addition, five awards went to Des Moines Area Community College and Indian Hills Community College students. Forty-eight students attending the five schools were Bright Scholarship recipients in 2014, bringing the total number of Bright Scholars to 72.

Southwestern Iowa Community College was added in 2015, and a total of 47 scholarships were funded that year, in addition to renewals for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 cohorts.

In 2016, 52 additional scholarship were funded, bringing the total number of Bright Scholars to over 150.

Award Details

The amount of the scholarship is equal to the cost of attendance, less other gift aid (including Pell Grants, institutional grants and scholarships, and private scholarships). This award is renewable for up to three additional years, providing the student maintains a 2.50 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment. Amount of the award each subsequent year is based on the same formula as the initial reward. Renewals are not guaranteed.

Award recipients will submit a summary of their year’s college experience to the Bright Foundation at the end of each academic year along with an unofficial copy of their transcript.