Transfer Scholarships

These awards and grants are for transfer students who attend our Storm Lake campus on a full-time basis. A student is considered a transfer student after they have graduated from high school or completed their GED and have completed one semester at a community college or four-year college/university as a full-time students (24 hours or more).

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Beaver Visit Grant

  • Criteria: To be eligible, you must be a high school senior or college transfer student entering BVU in Fall 2021, and you must make a BVU visit.
  • Amount: $1,000 per year
  • Deadline: May 31, 2021

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Merit-Based Awards

Awarded based on college CGPA and residency status. Renewable with the BVU CGPA indicated.

President’s Scholarship

Amount: $25,000-20,000/year
Criteria: 2.5 CGPA to renew

Heritage Scholarship

Amount: $22,000-17,000/year
Criteria: 2.5 CGPA to renew

Arch Scholarship

Amount: $20,000-15,000/year
Criteria: 2.0 CGPA to renew


Blue Award

Amount: $18,000-13,000/year
Criteria: 2.0 CGPA to renew

Gold Award

Amount: $16,000-11,000/year
Criteria: 2.0 CGPA to renew


Recognition-Based Award

Qualified students may apply for the Honors Program.

Honors Program

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

Other Awards & Grants

Fine & Media Arts Awards

  • 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.
  • 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 Dec. 15.
  • Award amounts vary.

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

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

  • For members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society who are transferring to BVU from a community college
  • $2000 per year ($1000 per semester)
  • Recipients must maintain a BVU cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Buena Vista Grants

  • Issued to some full-time students
  • Determined by financial need and other BVU gift aid
  • Must continue to make satisfactory academic progress for renewal.

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