The Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award is a scholarship program for Iowa high school juniors. To be eligible for this award, applicants must be a U.S citizen, a junior in an Iowa high school or home schooled program in the upcoming spring, with a high school graduating date the following year. Children or grandchildren of a staff member or trustee of the Hoover Presidential Foundation, Hoover Presidential Library and Museum or National Historic Site are not eligible to apply.
The program is designed to attract students who are motivated and community minded. The award, which honors Herbert Hoover, an Iowa native and the 31st President of the United States, identifies approximately 15 Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish projects of their own design. The projects the students propose should demonstrate the values that Herbert Hoover exemplified in his life of public service. Grades, test scores, essays and financial need are not evaluated.