Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students in all programs of the Department of Human Development & Family Studies department need only complete one College of Human Sciences application online to automatically apply for all HDFS department-level and CHS college-level scholarships.

Timing/deadline

The application is available from July 5 through December 5 at 5 p.m.

Criteria

Each scholarship has its own criteria that donors have required their recipient to match. This can include, but is not limited to: financial need, specific majors, student status, academics, leadership, character, state/county residence, involvement in specific activities/organizations, etc.

When you submit the College of Human Sciences application, each recipient is matched to the correct scholarship based on set criteria.

Questions

Any questions regarding the HDFS scholarships can be directed to Lisa Sharp.

Scholarships by program

Child, Adult and Family Services

Freda R. Riecken Award. This award gives preference to adult students (25+ years of age) who are returning to school to study Child, Adult, and Family Services (ChFS) or Financial Counseling and Planning (FCP) and have demonstrated academic excellence in their work. If there are no adult student candidates for the Riecken scholarship, the department may then give the award to any other undergraduate in the same curricula identified above and who has displayed outstanding ability in his or her studies.

Dr. Mary Ellen and Dr. Glenn A. Atwood Scholarship. This scholarship is available to students majoring in Child, Adult, and Family Services or students working toward licensure in Early Childhood Education. This scholarship requires that the student is married and is in good academic standing, and demonstrates financial need. Other considerations taken into account for this award include demonstrated participation in departmental, college, and/or university activities, as well as community activities.  It is also renewable for up to three years, depending on consideration by the Department Scholarship Committee.

Louise J. Peet Memorial Award for Excellence. This award is open to undergraduate students majoring in Child, Adult, and Family Studies (ChFS) or Financial Counseling and Planning (FCP) curriculum.

Naheel Jeries Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all students classified as juniors who are enrolled in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

John R. and Eloise Mountain Wright Scholarship. This award gives preference to a student majoring in a Child Development area:  Child, Adult, and Family Studies (ChFS) or Early Childhood Education (ECE). This scholarship gives priority to single mothers, mothers exhibiting financial need, and to international students. Additionally, special consideration is given to applicants associated with Cedar or Muscatine counties.

Early Childhood Education

Marie Roberts Barnard Scholarships are for majors in Early Childhood Education (ECE) who have a record of academic excellence and are in financial need.

Dr. Mary Ellen and Dr. Glenn A. Atwood Scholarship. This scholarship is available to students majoring in Child, Adult, and Family Services or students working toward licensure in Early Childhood Education. This scholarship requires that the student is married and is in good academic standing, and demonstrates financial need. Other considerations taken into account for this award include demonstrated participation in departmental, college, and/or university activities, as well as community activities.  It is also renewable for up to three years, depending on consideration by the Department Scholarship Committee.

Naheel Jeries Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all students classified as juniors who are enrolled in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

John R. and Eloise Mountain Wright Scholarship. This award gives preference to a student majoring in a Child Development area: Child, Adult, and Family Studies (ChFS) or Early Childhood Education (ECE). This scholarship gives priority to single mothers, mothers exhibiting financial need, and to international students. Additionally, special consideration is given to applicants associated with Cedar or Muscatine counties.

Kathleen W. McCartan Scholarship. This award was established in memory of Dr. Kathleen McCartan, who was a faculty member in the early childhood field working with children with disabilities. This award is available for a student who is majoring in Early Childhood Education, has a record of academic excellence, and demonstrates financial need. Priority will be given to students interested in working with children with disabilities.

Human Development and Family Studies Scholarship Fund. This award was established by a current faculty member in the department. Currently funding is available to provide general scholarship support for current undergraduate students in the department who are majoring in Early Childhood Education.

Gabrielle Mills Headlee Scholarship. This award was established to provide scholarship support to students majoring in Early Childhood Education in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. This award is available for students who demonstrate financial need and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to students who exhibit leadership and participation in school and community activities. Scholarships are for one year, but may be renewable for an additional three years.

SOE scholarships. ECE students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the School of Education, visit SOE teacher education undergraduate scholarships for more information on how to apply.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies

Naheel Jeries Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all students classified as juniors who are enrolled in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Scholarship opportunities outside the university

Iowa 4H scholarships. View all 4H scholarships on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website.

Phi Upsilon Omicron undergraduate scholarships. Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society in family and consumer sciences, offers scholarships, fellowships, and awards only to Phi Upsilon Omicron Members. Phi Upsilon Omicron scholarships are on their website.

Scholarships from professional organizations. These scholarships are available through the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club.

Financial Counseling and Planning

Freda R. Riecken Award. This award gives preference to adult students (25+ years of age) who are returning to school to study Child, Adult, and Family Services (ChFS) or Financial Counseling and Planning (FCP) and have demonstrated academic excellence in their work. If there are no adult student candidates for the Riecken scholarship, the department may then give the award to any other undergraduate in the same curricula identified above and who has displayed outstanding ability in his or her studies.

Louise J. Peet Memorial Award for Excellence. This award shall be open to undergraduate students majoring in Child, Adult, and Family Studies (ChFS) or Financial Counseling and Planning (FCP) curriculum.

Naheel Jeries Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all students classified as juniors who are enrolled in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

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  • Important Dates

    Most scholarships are due December 5th. Check applications for specific deadlines.

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