Scholarship Competition

Our faculty and staff would like to learn more about your high school accomplishments and future aspirations through a campus interview.

Competitive Awards

Students must complete through an on-campus interview and essay.

Trustee Scholarship

  • Criteria: 3.5 GPA and ACT composite score of 20 or higher, completion of interview
  • Amount: $4,000 additional scholarship stacked on top of the merit scholarship
  • Deadline: Students admitted before Jan. 30, 2018 must interview by Feb. 28, 2018. Students admitted after Jan. 30 must interview within 30 days of admission. Students admitted after May 1, 2018 are not eligible.

Multicultural Scholarship

  • Criteria: GPA and ACT combination, outlined below. Students must also demonstrate abilities in and/or desire to be engaged in campus multicultural-based activities and organizations.
  • Amount: $4,000 additional award stacked on top of the merit scholarship
  • Deadline: Students admitted before Jan. 30, 2018 must interview by Feb. 28, 2018. Students admitted after Jan. 30 must interview within 30 days of admission. Students admitted after May 1, 2018 are not eligible.
GPA 4.0+ 3.9-3.99 3.8-3.89 3.7-3.79 3.6-3.69
ACT Minimum 15 16 17 18 19
GPA 3.5-3.59 3.4-3.49 3.3-3.39 3.2-3.29  
ACT Minimum 20 21 22 23  
GPA 3.1-3.19 3.0-3.09 2.9-2.99 2.8-2.89  
ACT Minimum 24 25 26 27  

Merit Based Awards

Awarded based on high school CGPA, ACT score and residency status. Renewable with the BVU CGPA indicated.

President’s Scholarship

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

Heritage Scholarship

  • Amount: $15,000-$20,000/year
  • Criteria: 2.5 CGPA to renew

Arch Scholarship

  • Amount: $12,000-$17,000/year
  • Criteria: 2.5 CGPA to renew

Blue Award

  • Amount: $10,000-$15,000/year
  • Criteria: 2.0 CGPA to renew

Gold Award

  • Amount: $6,000-$11,000/year
  • Criteria: 2.0 CGPA to renew

Recognition Based Awards

Students may receive both awards; however, must meet 2 of 3 minimum criteria and complete an interview and essay to be eligible.

Honors Program

  • 3.75 GPA, 28 ACT or top 10 percent of high school class
  • $2,500 travel stipend
  • Priority class registration
  • Research and conference funding

Dean’s Fellowship Program

  • 3.5 GPA, 26 ACT or top 10 percent of high school class
  • $1,500 travel stipend
  • $200 academic enrichment funds
  • Recognition at graduation

Other Awards & Grants

Fine & Media Arts Awards

  • Awards available for animation, art, art therapy, graphic design, performance theatre, scientific illustration, technical theatre, 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 December 15.
  • Award amounts varies.

Career and Research Exploration to Enhance Retention in STEM (CAREERS)

  • For eligible, high-performing students who major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, physics or science education
  • Up to $5,000 per year for four years
  • Career-focused science trip, interdisciplinary research and internship opportunities
  • $2,000 stipend reserved exclusively for travel opportunities

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 over the course of January interim
  • $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

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

Register to Compete

Take the next step. Visit campus, meet with us, and compete for a Buena Vista University scholarship!

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