Scholarship Opportunities

A full list of Scholarships and Fellowships exists on the Center for Careers, Life, and Service page.

Note: as a member of the NCAA Division III, Grinnell College does not award financial assistance on the basis of athletic ability. 

Scholarships

TRUSTEE HONOR SCHOLARSHIP 

Awarded for outstanding academic achievements, the Trustee Honor Scholarship is merit assistance and does not have to be repaid. If you are receiving grant, loan, or employment assistance in addition to the Trustee Honor Scholarship indicated on your award notification, you must complete Grinnell's regular application process by our published deadline each year. Once you have paid your deposit, a special certificate for the Trustee Honor Scholarship will be sent to your high school principal for presentation at graduation or honor ceremonies.

·         Highly competitive, based on an admission evaluation

·         No separate application needed

·         Must maintain 2.75 GPA to renew

Grinnell performs a comprehensive review of each applicant's qualifications for admission and merit aid. Though most successful applicants are outstanding high school students, we do value other dimensions of the application including (but not limited to) the essay, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated commitment to one's family and/or community. We do not use a simple formula to determine the admission of our applicants. Similarly, our decisions about scholarships are reached through a comprehensive review of each admitted student's unique qualifications. Consequently, it is possible for students with similar academic records and test scores to receive different awards.

GRINNELL COLLEGE'S DESIGNATED & ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS 

·         Institutional scholarships funded by friends and alumni of the college

·         Based on need, merit, or other select criteria

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP - GRINNELL SPONSORED

Awarded to National Merit finalists who list Grinnell as their first-choice on the National Merit Corporation's application.

·         $2,000 per year for all eligible students

·         Renewable for three years

DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS

As a collegiate partner, Grinnell matches noncorporate, local chapter Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America awards to an incoming student.

·         Scholarships from participating Dollars for Scholars

·         Grinnell College will match up to $500 one year only

Scholarships for Iowans

Grinnell's Commitment to Iowa Scholarships 

Reflecting Grinnell College's longstanding commitment to the students and citizens of Iowa, the College will award a minimum of $12,000 to every Iowa resident who is admitted to Grinnell beginning in the Fall of 2014. This award, which may be one of the scholarships listed below, is renewable at the initial amount for three additional years provided a cumulative GPA of 2.75 is maintained. There is no separate application required, but students receiving grant, loan, or employment assistance must complete Grinnell's regular financial aid application process each year by our published deadline.    

HOWARD R. BOWEN SCHOLARSHIP

The Bowen Scholarship was established in 1987 to honor Dr. Howard R. Bowen, president of Grinnell College from 1955 to 1964. To be considered for this $30,000 scholarship, the applicant must be an Iowa resident. Bowen Scholars receiving grant, loan, or employment assistance in addition to the Bowen Scholarship, must complete Grinnell's regular application process each year by our published deadline.

·         Highly competitive, based on an admission evaluation

·         No separate application needed

·         Must be an Iowa resident

·         Up to 5 scholarships awarded annually 

·         Must maintain 2.75 GPA to renew

TRUSTEE HONOR SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded for outstanding academic achievements, the Trustee Honor Scholarship is merit assistance and does not have to be repaid. If you are receiving grant, loan, or employment assistance in addition to the Trustee Honor Scholarship indicated on your award notification, you must complete Grinnell's regular application process by our published deadline each year. Once you have paid your deposit, a special certificate for the Trustee Honor Scholarship will be sent to your high school principal for presentation at graduation or honor ceremonies.

·         Highly competitive, based on an admission evaluation

·         No separate application needed

·         Must maintain 2.75 GPA to renew

Grinnell performs a comprehensive review of each applicant's qualifications for admission and merit aid. Though most successful applicants are outstanding high school students, we do value other dimensions of the application including (but not limited to) the essay, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated commitment to one's family and/or community. We do not use a simple formula to determine the admission of our applicants. Similarly, our decisions about scholarships are reached through a comprehensive review of each admitted student's unique qualifications. Consequently, it is possible for students with similar academic records and test scores to receive different awards.

IOWA ROSENFIELD SCHOLARSHIP

The Rosenfield Scholarship was established in 1987 by Joseph F. Rosenfield, Grinnell College Class of 1925, to provide scholarships for Des Moines students to attend Grinnell.  In 2014 the Rosenfield Scholarship was expanded to become the Iowa Rosenfield Scholarship.  To be eligible, you must be an Iowa resident.  Recipients receive $12,000 per year.  If you are receiving grant, loan, or employment assistance in addition to the Iowa Rosenfield Scholarship indicated on your award notification, you must complete Grinnell’s regular application process by our published deadline each year. 

·         No separate application needed

·         Must be an Iowa resident

·         Must maintain 2.75 GPA to renew

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are scholarships with no affiliation to Grinnell College. However, if you receive financial aid from the College and are awarded an outside scholarship, you must report it to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Click Here for a List of Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Beware of Scams

Although we do our best to vet the sources, we cannot guarantee the legitimacy of every scholarship. Always use caution when applying for scholarships from an organization unfamiliar to you, and never provide your social security number.

Scam Warning Signs:

  1. Charges a fee
  2. Money-back guarantee
  3. Requires social security number, credit card number, or bank account information

Review Scholarship Scams Tip Sheet, provided by Fastweb.com, for additional information. Another trusted and useful site is www.finaid.org/scholarships.

Scholarship Search Websites

Scholarship Search websites are popular, and several are listed below. Although we can’t say for certain, the effectiveness of such sites may be minimal. As always, use caution when sharing personal information. It’s worth your time to read their privacy policies.

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