Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Roy J. Carver Scholarship

The Roy J. Carver Scholarship is awarded every year to approximately twenty selected UNI students who have pursued their educational goals despite difficult circumstances or obstacles. The scholarship pays $6,000 per year for up to two years of study, provided the student continues to meet all requirements at the University of Northern Iowa. The application for the 2022-2023 school year opens October 1st, 2021. (All recipients have been selected for the 2021-2022 academic year).

To be considered for the scholarship, students need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, graduated from an accredited Iowa high school, or have been a resident of Iowa for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to application

  • Attend UNI full time as a junior (by credits) for the 2022-23 academic year

  • Transfer students currently attending a community college in Iowa who will be a junior in the fall 2022 semester are encouraged to apply

  • Have at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA

  • Present evidence of unusual social and/or other barriers to attending college full time

  • Have demonstrated financial need. Your 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) needs to be received at UNI by April 1, 2022. Apply online at

Scholarships will be awarded to those who best exemplify the industriousness shown by Roy J. Carver, who pulled himself up by his bootstraps to pursue and achieve the American Dream. 

If you believe you meet all the criteria for the Roy J. Carver Scholarship, please apply directly at the Carver Trust website,, under the Scholarships tab. A complete application includes the online application, an essay, and two letters of support.

Carver Scholarship Recipients at UNI

Roy J. Carver Recipients