Helping You Pay for Learning Opportunities

We do whatever we can to help you get the best education. The College of Human Sciences and its programs offer approximately $2.7 million in scholarships each year to qualified students.

Undergraduate Application

The College of Human Sciences uses the same online application (OneApp) as the Iowa State University Office of Financial Aid to gather your information and consider you for appropriate scholarships from our pool of more than 100 scholarship funds.

Submitting a complete OneApp application ensures you will be considered for college level scholarships, department or school-level scholarships and university-level scholarships. The OneApp application takes about an hour to complete, and you can save and complete it at a later time if needed. You will need your Iowa State Net ID to start your application. You must complete both the general application and CHS application to be considered for a scholarship. Be sure to SUBMIT your application.

The online scholarship application page explains requirements, deadlines, and other details for CHS undergraduates (incoming freshmen, transfer, and current students).

All undergraduate students must submit their application by:
Incoming freshmen: Feb. 8
Transfer students: Mar. 5
Continuing students: Apr. 1

Know the deadlines: Students in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Department are part of two colleges and each college has their own deadlines for scholarship submission. Be sure you know your colleges deadlines:

  • *Students in joint Bachelor/Master programs should apply based on their classification for the upcoming academic year.
    • Ex: Pre-Diet & Exercise students should apply for Undergraduate Scholarships using One App. Diet & Exercise students who have been admitted to the program should apply for graduate scholarships for the next academic year.

Cyclone Scholars

Iowa State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) has received USDA scholarships for undergraduate multicultural students majoring in Food Science, to prepare students for careers in food safety.

Students considered for this scholarship opportunity must be admitted to Iowa State University, through the standard admissions process. Applicants must also declare a major in food science and identify as a student from an underrepresented group.


Selected Cyclone Scholars will participate in the following experiential learning activities:

  • Learning community experiences and service-learning projects
  • Course-based experiences to complete a Food Safety minor
  • International experience through participation in a study abroad program
  • Assistance for placement in an industry internship

Additional benefits provided to Cyclone Scholars include:

  • $6,500 annual scholarship, renewable for up to three years
  • Laptop computer
  • Social and academic mentoring
  • Food science research experience
  • Summer internship in food industry
  • Funded study abroad experience
  • Career planning and preparation


Window for scholarship applications will close on March 4, 2022

All eligible students are invited to apply for this scholarship by completing the application.

Students must be accepted to Iowa State University and declared a major in Food Science to be considered for this scholarship. Applications, including a statement of career goals, must be submitted by July 31, 2020.

Career Opportunities

The food science career field has fast-growing employment opportunities worldwide. Careers in food science include varied areas such as:

  • Quality assurance
  • Food safety
  • Product development
  • Sales and marketing
  • Corporate leadership

The wide range of options allows students with many talents to find rewarding careers with major food corporations and government, as well as small private companies. The food industry recognizes the need for diversity in their workforce due to the global nature of their businesses.

Consider Other Scholarship Opportunities

Many scholarship applications are due in January and February of each year. However, a few are due earlier. Check the following individual websites for specific details:

One App Other Opportunities

Iowa State University Scholarships

President’s Leadership Initiative Awards

Multicultural Student Scholarships

Unpaid Internships or Student Teaching Scholarships

Iowa 4-H Scholarships (for former Iowa 4-Hers attending Iowa State University)

Iowa State University Women’s Club Scholarships

Cargill Global Scholars Program

Get the Boost You Need

Below is a list of department-level scholarships included in our scholarship pool. Scholarship applications will be open starting September 1. The deadline (changes yearly) for applications is listed on the College scholarship web pages.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Please view Food Science and Human Nutrition Department Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities HERE. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Human Sciences, and the University each provide additional scholarship opportunities.

Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarships

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

National Association of College & University Food Services Scholarships

Food Science and Culinary Food Science Scholarships

Institute of Food Technologists

Institute of Food Technologists – Iowa Section

Cereal & Grains Association

American Association of Candy Technologists

National Poultry & Food Distributors Association

Graduate Scholarships

Visit the Graduate Funding page for information about funding graduate study, including graduate scholarships.

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Food Science and Human Nutrition Student Services

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2302 Osborn Drive
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