Scholarships & Grants

When you invest in a Grand View education, you are investing a substantial amount of energy, time and money in yourself and your future. We invite you to take a closer look at Grand View and compare our value to the other options you are considering. You will find that Grand View University’s exceptional education is affordable. 

Grand View is committed to making a private education available to all students, regardless of financial standing. We’ll help you and your family consider all the financial aid options, so you can best plan your investment. Students returning to Grand View from any leave of absence will be eligible to resume the scholarship or grant awards they qualified for when they began their leave assuming all qualification criteria are still met.

Our advice – be deliberate. Weigh your options. Make comparisons. When you are ready to make your decision, we’re confident you’ll find yourself at Grand View University.

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Grand View Scholarships

GV Cares Emergency Fund Grand View University has additional resources to help low-income students weather financial emergencies through the GV Cares Emergency Fund. Students can apply for small grants to help cover unexpected expenses just beyond their means, which allows them to quickly return focus to their academic pursuits. Learn More
Alumni Scholarship A four-year renewable scholarship of $1,000 awarded to new full-time day first-year or transfer students whose parent(s) received either an associate, bachelor's or master's degree at Grand View.
Art & Design Scholarship

A scholarship available to selected new full-time day students who demonstrate talent in one of our areas of study and major in Game Design, Graphic Design, Graphic Journalism, Art Education, Photography or Studio Arts. Scholarships range from $750 – $2,000. Art portfolios (Studio Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Art Education majors) are reviewed in February and writing samples are reviewed for Game Design and Graphic Journalism majors in February.

The art scholarship is renewable based on maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and continued enrollment as a Game Design, Graphic Design, Graphic Journalism, Art Education, Photography or Studio Arts major at Grand View. Learn More

Athletic Scholarship 
Grand View is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and offers athletic scholarships in baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, shooting sports, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling for men, and basketball, bowling, competitive dance, cross country, golf, shooting sports, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball for women. Scholarships begin at $500 and are based on athletic ability as evaluated by the coaches. Athletic scholarships are renewable each year based on continued good standing within the athletic program.
Catalyst Scholarship

The Catalyst Scholarship is intended to support the education of a full-time student majoring in social work who shows promise as a strong catalyst for change. This $1,000 scholarship gives preference to students whose personal characteristics reflect historically underrepresented populations in the profession, such as (but not limited to) diversity in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, language, socioeconomic status, national origin, age, faith, or culture. Students must meet these qualifications:  

  • Admitted to the social work program
  • Enrolled in at least the first full year after acceptance to the major
  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average at Grand View
  • Financial need as indicated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Applicants must submit an essay indicating how they see themselves as catalysts for change, both as students and as future social workers. 

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Catalyst Scholarship Application

eSports Scholarship
Grand View offers a competitive eSports program, which offers scholarships to a limited number of program participants. Scholarships are renewable each year based on continued good standing with the eSports program.
Philip L. Hougen Campus Ministry Scholarship

Established in honor of former Bishop Philip L. Hougen, awarded to a selected number of applicants from Lutheran congregations who express intention to participate regularly in Grand View Campus Ministry. Awards range between $500 – $1,500 and are renewable based on maintaining a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and participation in campus ministry activities.

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Hougen Scholarship Application  |  Reference Form

Dream to Teach Scholarship

The Grand View University Dream to Teach Scholarship is offered as a partnership with the Des Moines Public School’s Dream to Teach program which supports promising minority students who have an interest in becoming teachers. This scholarship awards full tuition and fees, plus room charges if the recipient lives on campus, to an outstanding incoming freshman who meets these minimum qualifications:

  • Active participation in the DMPS ‘Dream to Teach’ program
  • Must be admitted to Grand View in a Pre-Education academic program
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must plan to enroll as a full-time day student
  • Must be eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Dream to Teach Scholarship Application  | Reference Form

Immigrant Iowan Scholarship

The Grand View Immigrant Iowan Scholarship is designed to bring a significant educational opportunity to a promising non-native Iowan. This scholarship covers full tuition, room charges if the recipient lives on campus, plus the following fees: technology, student activity and resident activity fees for an outstanding incoming freshman who meets these qualifications:

  • Born of immigrant parents or an immigrant himself or herself
  • Graduating from an Iowa high school
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Not in the U.S. on a student visa
  • Have demonstrated financial need

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Immigrant Iowan Application  |  Reference Form

Lutheran Music Program Scholarship A renewable $1,000 scholarship available to alumni of the Lutheran Music Program (Lutheran Summer Music) for students majoring in music, music education, or church music. Recipients may also audition for an additional Pro Musica Scholarship.
All-State Music Scholarship $1,500 is awarded to full-time day students who have participated in a high school all-state festival for at least one year and demonstrate talent in piano, vocal and instrumental music regardless of major. The All-State Music Scholarship is renewable based on participation in both an ensemble and private lessons with continuous good standing in both areas.
Music Scholarship A scholarship available to selected new full-time day students who demonstrate talent in piano, vocal and instrumental music regardless of major. Scholarships range from $500 – $4,000. Pro Musica scholarship auditions are conducted on Nov. 11, 2018, Jan. 27, 2019, and Feb. 24, 2019. The music scholarship is renewable based on participation in both an ensemble and private lessons with continuous good standing in both areas.
Theatre Department Scholarship
A scholarship available to selected new full-time day students who major or minor in Theatre and have an interest in participating in theatre productions. Scholarship awards range from $300 – $1,500 based on whether a student is a Theatre major, a Theatre minor or plans only to participate in theatre productions. The theatre scholarship is renewable based on the student continuing as a Theatre major, minor or participant. The student must also maintain a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
UnityPoint Health Scholars Program

A $5,500 annually renewable scholarship will be awarded to students admitted to the nursing early-admission program each year as UnityPoint Health Scholars. Candidates for this scholarship must also participate in one of Grand View’s Scholarship Day events in November, January or February. The UnityPoint Health Scholarship is renewable for a total of four years as long as the student maintains:

  • Good academic standing during the freshman year before beginning nursing courses and once nursing courses begin, including cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 and absence of any disciplinary action.
  • Continuous enrollment as a full-time day pre-nursing student freshman year and nursing student beginning sophomore year.
  • UnityPoint Health Scholars are expected to follow the recommended program of study.

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Student Statement of Interest Application  |  Reference Form

National Alumni Council Scholarship

This scholarship, established in 2013 by Grand View University’s National Alumni Council (NAC), is designed to assist students in reaching their educational goals. It is the donors’ hope that the recipients of this scholarship will seek to better their lives, and be positive role models for others as they work to improve their communities. NAC awards an annual $1,000 scholarship that is paid as two equal payments in the fall and spring semesters of the upcoming academic year.

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Scholarship Application

First-Year Student Awards & Scholarships

Grand View academic and need-based scholarships are four-year renewable scholarships available to new full-time day students. To qualify, students must meet specific academic requirements, apply and be accepted to Grand View. These scholarship and grant amounts are based on living on campus and will be reduced by $2,000 for students who commute. You may be invited to compete for additional scholarship awards at Grand View's Scholarship Days. 

All non-winning students attending a Scholarship Day event will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship award. Scholarship Day events allow opportunities to compete for additional awards.

  • Presidential Scholarship - Up to $17,000 (3.25 GPA)
  • Dean's Scholarship - Up to $15,000 (3.0 GPA)
  • Director's Award - Up to $12,500 (2.5 GPA)
  • GV Grants - Up to $6,500 (2.0 GPA)
Discover Iowa Award

The Discover Iowa Award is a $1,000 award offered to new first-year students from out of state who visit campus through an individual admissions visit or admissions event.

Admissions events that qualify for this award include: academic actions days, admissions preview days, scholarship day events, and admissions visit days. One $1,000 award offered per student and the award is renewable for 4 years.

Register for an admissions event

Transfer Student Awards & Scholarships

Grand View academic and need-based scholarships are renewable scholarships available to new full-time day students. To qualify, students must meet specific academic requirements, apply and be accepted to Grand View. These scholarship and grant amounts are based on living on campus and will be reduced by $2,000 for students who commute. Renewability is based on the number of transfer credits accepted and cumulative GPA at Grand View.

Students do not fill out a special application for the Presidential, Deans, Director's Awards or Transfer Grant.

  • Presidential Scholarship - Up to $14,500 (3.25 GPA)
  • Dean's Scholarship - Up to $12,500 (3.0 GPA)
  • Director's Award - Up to $10,000 (2.5 GPA)
  • Transfer Grant - Up to $8,000 (2.0 GPA)
Outstanding Community College Transfer Scholarships

A $1,500 renewable scholarship awarded each year (maximum of three years) to new full-time day students who transfer to Grand View directly from an accredited community college/junior college/two-year institution. To qualify, students must transfer a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 45 semester hours, complete an Outstanding Community College Transfer Scholarship application, provide two written references, including one academic, and submit recorded service to the community or college.

Deadline for application is May 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester. Renewal is based on maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at GV. A limited number of awards are offered.

Online Application  |  Academic Reference Form

Phi Theta Kappa

To qualify for the $1,000 scholarship, the student must be an active member of a community college chapter and submit a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship application.

Deadline for application is May 1, 2019 for fall semester and December 1, 2018 for spring semester. Renewal is based on maintaining a 3.5 cumulative grade point average at GV. A limited number of awards are offered.

Download Scholarship Application

Adult Evening / Weekend Student Awards

Lifetime Learning Scholarship

Recipients of the Lifelong Learning Scholarship with documented financial need may receive $250 per credit hour, up to a total of $4,000, per academic year.

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

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Graduate Assistance - Master of Education

Jacobson Fellowship

Graduate students in the Masters of Education program may be eligible for the Jacobson Fellowship, a $1,000 scholarship per semester (as long as enrolled in at least 3 credits). Recipients must be accepted into the program, have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must be nominated/recommended by a school administrator. Renewal for a second year requires a 3.0 GPA in the master's program.

Online Nomination Form

State of Iowa Assistance

Iowa Tuition Grant A grant based on financial need with a typical maximum award of $5,650 in the 2017-18 school year, awarded to students up to a maximum of four years. To qualify, you must be a resident of Iowa, a United States citizen or residing in the United States on a permanent visa, currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate program at an Iowa private college, and you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually before July 1. Typically more than 60% of Grand View's full-time day Iowa students qualify for this grant program.
All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship The All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship Program is awarded to students that are taking at least 3 credit hours, completed a FAFSA, completed a state application at www.iowacollegeaid.gov and are an Iowa resident. Iowa College Student Aid Commission selects the award recipients. Awards are prorated for students enrolling on a less than full-time basis.
All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant The All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant is awarded to students who were previously adjudicated in the Iowa foster care system and are taking at least 3 credit hours, completed a FAFSA, completed a state application at www.iowacollegeaid.gov and are an Iowa resident. Iowa College Student Aid Commission selects the award recipients. Awards are prorated for students enrolling less than full-time and based on the student’s enrollment status. Eligibility for this program ends when a student turns age 24.
Iowa Gear Up Scholarship The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Scholarship is a statewide non need-based scholarship program that assists students in the GEAR UP Iowa cohort with the cost of post-secondary education. Recipients must have been in the official GEAR UP Iowa cohort scheduled to graduate high school in spring 2014. Students must complete the FAFSA, complete a state application and be taking at least 3 credit hours. Iowa College Student Aid Commission selects the award recipients. The 2016-17 Gear up Scholarship was $2,600. Awards are prorated for students enrolling on a less than full-time basis.
Iowa Education and Training Voucher The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Grant is a federally-funded program to provide post-secondary education and training opportunities to students who are currently or who have been in foster care. Students must complete a FAFSA, complete a state application and taking at least 3 credit hours. Students can be funded until the age of 23 provided they were participating in the ETV program by age 21. Iowa College Student Aid Commission selects the award recipients. Awards are prorated for students enrolling less than full-time. 
Iowa National Guard Education Assistance The Iowa National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP) provides funds to members of the Iowa National Guard units. Soldiers or Airmen must be an active member of the Iowa Army or Air National Guard, be a resident of the state of Iowa, and have satisfactorily completed initial entry training. Soldiers or Airmen cannot have met the academic requirements for a baccalaureate degree or received NGEAP for more than 120 semester hours. Applications should be submitted to www.iowacollegeaide.gov on or before July 1 through the Iowa Financial Aid Application. Spring-only applicants should submit their applications on or before December 1. The Adjutant General of Iowa selects eligible recipients.

Matching Scholarships

Education Partners in Covenant (EPIC)

A renewable, matching scholarship up to $500 per year, awarded to full-time students who are members of Lutheran congregations and have received awards from those congregations.

How do congregations enroll in EPIC? Check with your pastor or congregational council to see if your congregation is enrolled in EPIC. If not, a representative can enroll by completing this form. For more information, contact the the Office of Financial Aid at (515) 263-2995 or finaid @ grandview.edu.

Dollars for Scholars A volunteer-driven national network of more than 1,260 community-based scholarship foundations serving nearly 4,000 communities across the U.S. in support of local students. Grand View will match up to $500.

Outside Sources of Aid

Students also have a number of outside scholarships available. Outside scholarships are usually awarded by corporations, civic groups and/or educational groups.

EXPAN Scholarship Search
This is a free web version of the College Board's FUND FINDER scholarship database. The database contains listings of scholarships, loans, internships and other types of financial aid programs from 3,300 national state, public, and private sources. The database is updated annually.
Fast WEB (Financial Aid Search Through the WEB)
This is a searchable database of more than 275,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. It is free to search the database through the World Wide Web. Fast WEB allows the student to fill out a profile and then responds with award programs that match the profile. Any new scholarships added to the database that match the student's profile are put into the student's "mailbox." The student may also generate and print a form letter from their web browser requesting applications and materials.
Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
Provides information about scholarship opportunities for qualified Hispanic applicants.
College Planning Center Information to help you plan your college career.
BigSun Scholarship Available to athletes, the BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute to qualify.
Hispanic Scholarship Resources
Provides information about financial aid and scholarships for Hispanic students.
SALT Offers a scholarship search tool to help you find funding options.
Good Call Considered one of the largest free scholarship databases on the web and offers easy-to-use search features.
Citrix ShareFile
Offers the Citrix FileShare Scholarship for Future Entrepreneurs.