Undergraduate Scholarships

ISE Departmental Scholarships

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers four scholarship opportunities, available to students who meet qualifying standards. Faculty are happy to provide students with help navigating the application process provide letters of recommendation. To apply for these awards and to see a full list of scholarships available, please visit the UI College of Engineering Scholarship Portal.

  • Burt and Marilyn Gearhart Industrial and Systems Engineering Scholarship for industrial engineering students, with a preference to support those demonstrating financial need.
  • Betty Pearl Simon Prize for a graduating senior with interests in a research career.
  • Fethke Industrial Engineering Scholarship for industrial engineering students who attended high school in Iowa.
  • James and Marie Buck Scholarship for juniors, seniors and graduate students, with an emphasis on human factors and economics.
  • Leo Ladehoff Engineering Scholarship for industrial engineering students.

ISE Awards

  • J.W.Deegan Fund to provide funding for conference travel expenses for Industrial Engineering students.

UI College of Engineering and University Scholarships

Other scholarships are available outside of the ISE department, both through the College of Engineering and the University. See below for details.

External Scholarships

There is a multitude of opportunities for funding and scholarships available through external organizations. Many of these are prestigious awards or fellowships that recognize academic excellence and campus leadership. Examples of awards and fellowships our undergraduate students seek are:

  • IISE Scholarships and Fellowships - Students may not apply directly for any scholarships with the exception of the Vinod and Gail Sahney Scholarship. They must be nominated by IE department heads or faculty advisors and nominations must be submitted to the Institute headquarters by Nov. 15. Scholarship nominations open Sept. 1. Please contact the ISE department or your advisor if you believe you are a deserving candidate for one of these prestigious awards.
  • ASCO Emerson Scholarship Program - The award will consist of two, $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. Additionally, $1,000 grants will be made to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled.
  • National Society for Black Engineers - The Fall Scholarship Cycle opens September 1st and closes January 4th. Some of these are:
    • John Deere Corporate Scholarship
    • NSBE Fellows/Major Sponsor/BCA Scholarship  - Scholarships ranging from $1,000-2,500.
    • NSBE Fulfilling The Legacy Scholarship - scholarships at $1,500 for collegiate members and scholarships for high school seniors.
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society - Students must be society members to be considered. The application cycle generally opens each February and closes at the end of April. Scholarships available for Native American students majoring in Industrial Engineering include:
    • IBM Scholarships are awarded to students who can prove Native American heritage, have at least a GPA of 3.2 and are enrolled full-time. Applicants are also required to complete an essay, attach a professional resume along with letters of recommendation from faculty.
    • The General Motors Engineering Scholarships are open to students studying Industrial Engineering among other related majors. Eligible applicants must prove Native American heritage and have at least a 3.0 GPA to qualify. There is up to $3,000 in award money.
  • Great Minds in STEM - Scholarships are available for the country’s most outstanding technically-adept Hispanic students. Hispanic students majoring in engineering disciplines, including Industrial Engineering, must check out their offerings to see if they are eligible.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2017, SWE disbursed approximately 238 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $830,000. Scholarships are typically awarded in May (sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students) and July (freshmen and reentry students) for use during the following academic year. Recipients are notified when they are awarded, and are announced to SWE members in September. SWE has 2 applications depending on your class level for the upcoming fall semester and these are typically available:
  • For sophomores through graduate students: December 1 - February 15.
    • Reference letters due by February 22.
  • For freshmen: March 1 - May 1.
    • Reference letters due by May 8.

Other Opportunities

To learn more about other research opportunities that may be available, please visit the UI College of Engineering Research Funding page. Other types of opportunities may be seasonal or dependent on the financial constraints of individual organizations. Many of these opportunities can be found here and here. Or try searching online for Industrial Engineering Scholarships.


*For more information on how to apply to scholarships specific to our department, please call or e-mail the ISE department: (319) 467-0346 / ISE-dept@uiowa.edu