Scholarships and financial aid

Students only need to fill out either the College of Human Sciences undergraduate or graduate scholarship application to automatically apply for all department-level and college-level scholarships. By filling out your single application, College of Human Sciences (CHS) uses it to gather your information and consider you for appropriate scholarships from our pool of more than 100 scholarship funds.

Below is a list of department level scholarships included in our scholarship pool. The deadline is December 5.

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 (CAFS) 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 (ECE). 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 services or financial counseling and planning 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 services or early childhood education. 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 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 services or early childhood education. 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 (SOE), 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.

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 or financial counseling and planning 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 services or financial counseling and planning 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.

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.