First Year Student Scholarships and Grants

Merit-Based Financial Assistance

The financial assistance listed below is awarded based on academic merit or talent, not financial need. You may also be eligible for other need-based programs. To be considered for these awards, you must be accepted for admission. Your application for admission serves as the application for all Simpson academic awards. Talent scholarships require an audition or portfolio.

SESQUICENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIPS


Cowles Fellowship The Cowles Fellowship is one of the most prestigious academic awards offered by Simpson College. Cowles Fellowships range from $18,000 to full tuition. In addition, Cowles Fellows will receive a travel stipend to be used for international/domestic travel or internship study to enhance the student’s educational experience. It is awarded only to full-time students entering their freshman year. Candidates must possess extraordinary academic ability and potential as evidenced by high school performance, including standardized test scores. Leadership skills and participation in high school or community activities will be given strong consideration. The Cowles Fellowship is renewable with a Simpson College cumulative GPA of 2.25 up to and including 61 completed hours. Above 61 completed hours, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be maintained.

Trustee Scholarship Awarded to high school seniors ranking first in their graduating classes at the time of application.Trustee Scholarships range from 1/2 to full tuition. This is a competitive scholarship with strong consideration given to the candidate’s leadership skills and high school performance, including test scores. The Trustee Scholarship is renewable with a Simpson College cumulative GPA of 2.25 up to and including 61 completed hours. Above 61 completed hours, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be maintained.

George Washington Carver Fellowship The Carver Fellowship is named in honor of George Washington Carver, who attended Simpson College. It is one of the most prestigious academic awards offered by Simpson College. The Carver Fellowship ranges from 3/4 to full tuition. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding freshman and transfer students from distinctive and broadly diverse backgrounds, who exhibit potential for leadership, evidence of service and contribution to community and superior academic achievement in secondary school. The Carver Fellowship is renewable with a Simpson College cumulative GPA of 2.25 up to and including 61 completed hours. Above 61 completed hours a cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be maintained.

George Washington Carver Scholarship The Carver Scholarship is in honor of George Washington Carver who attended Simpson College. Carver Scholarships are awarded to both freshman and transfer students from distinctive and broadly diverse backgrounds, who will help enrich the educational environment and bring multicultural perspectives to the campus community. The Carver Scholarship awards range from $11,000 to $15,000. This scholarship is renewable with a Simpson College cumulative GPA of 2.25 up to and including 61 completed hours. Above 61 completed hours a cumulative GPA of 2.25 must be maintained.

SIMPSON COLLEGE ACADEMIC AWARDS

Presidential Scholarship The Presidential Scholarship is awarded only to full-time new freshmen students at Simpson College. It is awarded to students possessing exceptional academic ability and potential as evidenced by high school performance and success on the American College Test (ACT) and/or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). This scholarship is renewable at Simpson College with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 up to and including 61 completed hours. Above 61 completed hours, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be maintained.  Presidential Scholars are awarded up to $18,000.

Honor Scholarship The Honor Scholarship is awarded only to full-time new freshmen students. It is awarded to students possessing outstanding academic ability as evidenced by high school performance and success on the American College Test (ACT) and/or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Renewal requirement for the Honor Scholarship is a cumulative GPA of 2.25 up to and including 61 completed hours. Above 61 completed hours, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be maintained.  Honor Scholars are awarded up to $17,000.

Matthew Simpson Scholarship The Matthew Simpson Scholarship is named in recognition of Bishop Matthew Simpson. Eligible candidates must hold membership in a United Methodist Church, possess strong academic ability and potential as evidenced by their high school performance and their success on the American College Test (ACT) and/or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The student must demonstrate leadership qualities in both the community and church. The final determination of the amount of the award will be made in relationship to other financial assistance received. This scholarship is available only to new freshmen students. Renewal requirement for the Matthew Simpson Scholarship is a cumulative GPA of 2.25 up to and including 61 completed hours. Above 61 completed hours, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be maintained.  Matthew Simpson Scholars are awarded $2,000.

Simpson Recognition Scholarship The Simpson Recognition Scholarship is awarded only to full-time new freshmen.  It is awarded to students who demonstrate strong academic ability. In order to qualify for this award, a student must have an ACT composite score of 23 or 24 or a combined SAT score from 1050 to 1130, and the student must rank in the top one-third of his/her high school class. This scholarship is designed to recognize the student with high academic potential who qualifies for no other Simpson gift assistance. Therefore, it will not be awarded in addition to other Simpson financial assistance.  Simpson Recognition Scholars are awarded up to $7,000.

 

TALENT SCHOLARSHIPS


Art Scholarship (portfolio) Awards in this area are made to full-time students on the basis of outstanding ability in art or design. The submission of a representative portfolio of work is required. A personal interview with the chair person of the art department is highly recommended.

Music Scholarship (audition) Awards in this area are made to full-time students on the basis of musical ability and academic promise. An audition is required to be a candidate for music scholarships. For further information, contact the department of music.

Theatre Scholarship (audition) Awards in this area are made to full-time students on the basis of ability and academic promise. An audition or personal interview is required to be a candidate for theatre awards. For further information regarding this award, contact the department of theatre arts.

Fine Arts Scholarship auditions/portfolios must be complete by March 2, 2014.

OTHER SIMPSON COLLEGE AWARDS (NOT BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED)


John C. Culver Fellowships Each year, five incoming new freshmen students with a passion for politics, history or public service will be awarded a minimum scholarship of $14,000. To request more information on this program or receive the application for the John C. Culver Fellowship, contact the office of admissions at 1-800-362-2454 (locally 961-1624) or email admiss@simpson.edu.  Scholarship deadline: January 15, 2014.

Iowa History Center Scholars Program Each year, five incoming new freshmen students with an interest in Iowa history and the work needed to preserve and promote the history of both the state and the Midwest will be named Iowa History Center Scholars.  The Iowa History Center Scholars receive a minimum of $14,000.  Students interested in history, journalism, public policy or related academic fields are encouraged to apply.  To request more information on the program or to receive an application for this scholarship, contact the office of admissions.  Scholarship deadline:  January 15, 2014.

AFS Scholarship Simpson College provides two scholarships to enrolling freshmen who have been a part of the AFS Program. These scholarships are based on the student’s academic performance and potential. Financial need is not a factor in determining the recipients of these awards. However, the AFS Scholarship will be a part of the student’s total financial assistance award. It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the office of financial assistance of eligibility for this scholarship.

Alumni Scholarship The Alumni Scholarship recognizes the dependent student whose mother or father attended Simpson College. An Alumni Scholarship of $1,000 per year will be made available to each dependent of an alumnus. The student must be enrolled full time (12 semester hours or more).

Endowed Scholarship High school achievements are recognized through the Endowed Scholarship program. These scholarship funds are made possible through the generous financial support of alumni, trustees and friends of Simpson College. When these funds are awarded to a student, an adjustment will be made to the other Simpson College aid previously awarded to the student. Endowed scholarships are not intended to increase the total award package amount.

Multiple Dependency Grant When two or more dependent students from the same family are enrolled at Simpson College full time during the same term, a multiple dependency grant of $1,000 is available to each student. This grant is not based on financial need.

Simpson Recognition Grant The Simpson Recognition Grant is awarded to full-time new freshmen students with above average academic records from high school and with strong leadership qualities, who do not qualify for other merit aid. Financial need is not a factor. Amounts will vary

Tuition Exchange Tuition exchange is available to the dependent student whose parent is employed by a participating college or university. In order to receive the tuition exchange benefit, the following two items must be done: a) student must file the FAFSA; and b) tuition exchange papers must be filed and approved with Simpson College. Students accepted for the tuition exchange program will not be eligible for any other Simpson-funded gift assistance. The tuition exchange benefit will be reduced by an amount equal to other federal and state gift dollars so that the maximum benefit will never exceed the cost of tuition.

Youth for Understanding Scholarship Simpson College provides two scholarships to enrolling freshmen who have been a part of the Youth for Understanding Program. These scholarships are based on the student’s academic performance and potential. Financial need is not a factor in determining the recipients of these awards. However, the Youth for Understanding Scholarship will be a part of the student’s total financial assistance award. It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the office of financial assistance of eligibility for this scholarship.