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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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. Please note that the award amount of the academic merit scholarship is determined by the information reviewed in your application at the point of admission. 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.

  • Trustee Scholarship - $19,000 
  • Presidential Scholarship - $15,000
Trustee and Presidential Scholarship levels may compete for full tuition and additional $5,000 awards at scholarship days.
  • Dean's Scholarship - $13,000
Dean's Scholarship level may compete for additional $3,000 awards at scholarship days.
  • Director's Award - $9,500 - $11,000
Director's Award level may compete for additional $2,000 awards at scholarship days.
  • Grand View Grant - $7,000
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. Please note that the award amount of the academic merit scholarship is determined by the information reviewed in your application at the point of admission.

Students do not fill out a special application for the Presidential or Dean's Scholarships, Director's Award or Grand View Grant.

  • Presidential Scholarship - $15,000
  • Dean's Scholarship - $13,000
  • Director's Award - $9,500 - $11,000
  • Grand View Grant - $7,000


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 for fall semester and December 1 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

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

You could qualify for an Art & Design Scholarship ranging from $750 - $3,000. Scholarships are available to new, full-time students at Grand View majoring in Art Education, Game Design & Interactive Analytics, Graphic Design or Studio Arts.

Portfolios are reviewed in February and are renewable based on maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA and continued enrollment as in Art Education, Game Design & Interactive Analytics, Graphic Design or Studio Arts major at Grand View.

Students are highly encouraged to attend an on-campus interview. If unable to attend an in-person interview, you may still submit your portfolio online for consideration.

Register For An Art & Design Scholarship Day | Online Portfolio Submission

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

*Please check back September 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 online 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.
Lee and Diane (Gill '76) Doidge Endowed Biology Scholarship

The Doidge Endowed Biology Scholarship was created to support pre-professional or science majors in their junior or sophomore year of class standing. The scholarship is given to students with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher who have shown financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Application deadline: March 13

*Please check back September 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 online application.

The NEXUS Institute Theology Scholarship

A scholarship of $5,000 is available to prospective students who are past participants of Grand View’s NEXUS program. In addition to NEXUS participation, students must be a Lutheran student who expresses intention to participate regularly in Grand View campus ministry activities and serve as a NEXUS mentor during the NEXUS program the summer following their first year of enrollment.  Recipients are also required to major in theology and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Renewal is also based on level of participation in campus ministry activities and NEXUS mentoring.

*Please check back September 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 online application.

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

*Please check back September 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 online application.

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

This award is renewable for four years with a 2.5 GPA, enrollment as a full-time day student and fulfillment of service requirements.

Application deadline: March 1

*Please check back September 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 online application.

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 will be conducted on Nov. 10, 2019, Jan. 26, 2020, and Feb. 23, 2020. The music scholarship is renewable based on participation in both an ensemble and private lessons with continuous good standing in both areas.

Theatre Arts Scholarship

First-year and transfer students who have applied and been accepted to Grand View are invited to interview/audition for scholarships offered by the Theatre Arts Department. Theatre Arts Scholarships are awarded at varying levels: Major, minor and interest, in amounts of up to $3,000 annually. The Theatre Arts Scholarship is renewable based on the student continuing as a Theatre major, minor or participant and maintaining a 2.5 cumulative grade point average as a full-time day student.

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

*Please check back September 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 online application.

Adult Evening / Weekend Student Awards

Clausen Lifelong Learning Scholarship

Recipients of the Clausen Lifelong Learning Scholarship with documented financial need may receive $250 per credit hour, up to a total of $5,000, per academic year.

Application deadline: March 1

*Please check back September 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 online application.

Graduate Assistance - Master of Education

Jacobson Fellowship

Graduate students in the Masters of Education program may be eligible for the Jacobson Fellowship,  a scholarship of $500 per semester for a student is enrolled in 3 credits or $1,000 for a student is enrolled in 6 or more credits per semester. 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.

*Please check back September 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 online application.

State of Iowa Assistance

Iowa Tuition Grant A grant based on financial need with a typical maximum award of $5,650 in the 2019-20 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 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.

Come 2 Iowa

The Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship awards five $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors from neighboring states who attend an Iowa college. Students do not need to be enrolled or accepted to an Iowa college to enter; however, all scholarship recipients must be enrolled at an Iowa college to receive scholarship funds. Recipients are drawn from among all eligible entries by an independent third party.

The Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship is open to students who are:

  • Legal U.S. residents.
  • Residents of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin.
  • High school seniors at a high school in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin during the current school year.
  • Planning to attend an eligible college in Iowa the following fall.
  • At least 13 years of age as of the program closing date.

View complete scholarship rules and register at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Come2Iowa.

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.
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.