First-Year Scholarships

Take a look at these scholarships are available to new Buena Vista University students. A student may receive only one scholarship for academic achievement; competitive or merit-based.

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Academic Scholarships

Below you will find the minimum scholarship awards for incoming Fall 2024 first-year students. Awards are based on high school CGPA.*

Presidential Scholarship

Amount: $27,000/year
Criteria: 3.9+

Heritage Scholarship

Amount: $25,000/year
Criteria: 3.70-3.89

Arch Scholarship

Amount: $24,000/year
Criteria: 3.40-3.69

 

Blue Award

Amount: $23,000/year
Criteria: 3.00-3.39

Gold Award

Amount: $21,000/year
Criteria: 2.99 or below

 

*Students who live off campus will have their scholarship reduced by $5,000. Students who provide test scores or class rank could increase their scholarship.

 

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Build-Up-Iowa Scholarship

  • Criteria: To be eligible, you must be an Iowa resident enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student on our Storm Lake campus. Student must reside on campus. Priority Deadline: Must be admitted by April 1.
  • Amount: $2,000 per year; renewable up to four years with Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to renew each year.

 

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Iowa Access Grant

  • Criteria: To be eligible, a student must:
    • Be an Iowa resident enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student on our Storm Lake campus.
    • Student must reside on campus. 
    • Have a 2.9 GPA or higher from high school.
    • Receive Federal Pell Grant and Iowa Tuition Grant (FAFSA required). 
    • Priority Deadline: Must be admitted by April 1.
  • Amount: For qualifying students, BVU commits to ensuring 100 percent of a student's tuition is covered by federal, state, and institutional grant aid. Iowa Access Grant is a last-dollar grant program offered after all other grant aid is awarded, including outside scholarships. It is renewable for up to four years with Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to renew each year.

 

Out-of-State Grant

  • Available to any U.S. resident who resides outside of Iowa in a surrounding state
  • $2,000 per year

 

Beaver Visit Grant

  • Criteria: To be eligible, you must be a high school student who visits BVU from Jan. 1 of their junior year to July 1 of their senior year or a college transfer student entering BVU in the Fall Semester.
  • Amount: $1,000 per year

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Recognition-Based Award

Legacy Scholarships

  • Award for any student beginning enrollment at Buena Vista University who has a parent or grandparent with a degree from BVU
  • $1,000 per year

Biology & BioMed Scholarship Program

  • Six students will be selected into the program each year
  • Paid fellowship opportunities include managing one of the core facilities within the Estelle Siebens School of Science
  • Program is open to entering Fall 2024 first-year students

Program Details and Eligibility

CompSci Scholarship Program

  • Six students will be selected into the program each year
  • Selected students will serve as academic assistants and programmers
  • Program is open to entering Fall 2024 first-year students

Program Details and Eligibility

Cocurricular Scholarships

Students are only eligible to receive one cocurricular scholarship

Club Sports (Cocurricular Scholarship)

  • Available to first-year Storm Lake campus students
  • Awarded to students based on talent and individuals who are dedicated to continued improvement in their respective areas of activity
  • Scholarships awarded in dance, livestock showing, archery and clay target sports, and esports
  • Award amounts vary
  • Ask your admissions counselor how you may qualify

Fine & Media Arts Awards (Cocurricular Scholarship)

  • Awards available for animation, art, art therapy, graphic design, scientific illustration, digital media, instrumental music, music production or vocal music; both those majoring in these disciplines or participating in the associated cocurricular program including Concert Choir, Vista Chamber Singers, and Jazz Band.
  • Students majoring in one of areas listed above must compete in an audition or portfolio review before March 1. Students participating only must audition or provide a portfolio for review by Feb. 28
  • Award amounts vary

 

Multicultural Leadership Scholarship (Cocurricular Scholarship)

  • Criteria: Must have a GPA of 3.25 or above. Students must also demonstrate a prior history of active engagement in multicultural activities and leadership and/or the desire to be actively engaged in campus multicultural activities and organizations.
  • Amount: $2,000 additional award stacked on top of the merit scholarship.
  • Deadline: Students admitted before Jan. 30 must interview by Feb. 28. Students admitted after Jan. 30 must interview within 30 days of admission. Students admitted after May 1 are not eligible.

Current Student Opportunities

Mack Family Honors Innovation Fellows Program

Qualified students may apply for the Mack Family Honors Innovation Fellows Program.

  • Criteria: 3.75 GPA, top 10 percent of high school class
  • $2,500 travel stipend
  • Research and conference funding, priority class registration

Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development (URMED)

  • Each year, at least three pre-med students are selected to intern at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake and three other area hospitals
  • $3,000 stipend to help defray expenses associated with applying to medical school
  • Also available: professional enrichment opportunities for pre-professional students interested in physical therapy, radiology, optometry, and pharmacy careers in rural settings

Buena Vista Grants

BVU also provides need-based grants to full-time students, which are determined by their financial requirements and other gift aid from BVU. These grants can be renewed depending on a student's academic performance.

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