Each spring semester at Iowa State University, students can apply for scholarship opportunities. These awards are targeted for students with an entrepreneurial spirit, along with other criteria specific to each award.  Applications must be submitted through the ISU Pappajohn Center (upon availability).

John & Mary Pappajohn Scholarship Program – $2,500 each (4 awarded)

The John & Mary Pappajohn Scholarship Fund was created through a generous gift from John and Mary Pappajohn. At $2,500 each, these honors are targeted to students of junior, senior, or graduate status who have started or who intend to establish their own business or are participating in the entrepreneurship programs on campus. Criteria used for scholarship recipients include a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship (practical or classroom), clear business idea, and when possible, scholarships are awarded to disadvantaged or minority students per the Pappajohn’s request.

Meet the 2017 Past Entrepreneurial Scholarship Recipients

Pappajohn Scholars (pictured L to R):  Steven Brockshus, Nolan Herlocker, Anthony House, Mikayla Sullivan


Pictured from L to R: Bill & Sue Gauger Scholar – Riley Huhn

Slater Scholar – Andrew Pauley

Bruce Lambert Scholar – Kenyon Brown

Entrepreneur Scholarship Application

To be completed by Iowa State University students who intend to establish or have established their own business or are active in Iowa State's entrepreneurship program. Scholarships will be given to students demonstrating interest in the entrepreneurship program, and preferences may be given to minority and disadvantaged students.
  • Include annual sales, number of employees, or other relevant data. Please limit your response to 250 words.
  • Accepted file types: doc, pdf, docx.
    Please attach a paper (maximum 2 pages) that describe your entrepreneurial interests, accomplishments, activities, awards, involvement, and future aspirations. If in business, describe the business that you currently operate. If aspiring to business ownership, describe your future business. Please describe how this scholarship will help you achieve your goals.
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