Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship

Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program works with highly motivated students who are interested in advice and assistance from adult mentors to accelerate their academic experience and performance, improve their adjustment to professional standards of behavior, goals, ethics and success and out-perform their age group in transitioning to adult leadership roles. Scholarship awards are based on academic aptitude, academic achievement, community service and financial need.


Applicants should have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, an ACT score of 22 or better, demonstrable LGBT activism and community service and a history of high moral and ethical standards and conduct.

Silver Awards
Iowa's Silver Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $9,000 over four years that may be used for tuition, books or fees at any college or university in the United States.

Gold Awards
Iowa's Gold Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $40,000 over four years that may be used for tuition, books and fees at one of Iowa's three state universities.

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