Each spring semester at Iowa State University, the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship awards scholarships to students who have an entrepreneurial spirit, are studying entrepreneurship, or who have pursued an entrepreneurial venture at Iowa State. Applications must be submitted through the Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship (upon availability).

Applications are open, apply here!

Deadline: March 10, 2020 at midnight

John & Mary Pappajohn Scholarship Program – $2,500 each (four awards)

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 for scholarship recipients includes 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.

David Slater Entrepreneur Scholarship – $1,000 each (one award)

Kandice Slater has established the Dave Slater Business Scholarship for one student annually in the Ivy College of Business who is well rounded, not necessarily an academic star, but who aspires to be successful in a small business.


  • Ivy College of Business; participant in Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship programs
  • Preference to students interested in small business
  • Full time with minimum cum GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrated leadership as evidenced by participation in extracurricular or community organizations and activities as determined by Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.  Examples include involvement in recognized student organizations, professional organizations, or community service.
  • Sophomore, junior or senior classification (preference for sophomores) – possibility of renewal.

Bruce Lambert Entrepreneur Scholarship – $1,000 each (one award)


  • Enrolled in Ivy College of Business
  • Iowa resident
  • Involved with Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
  • All classifications eligible

Scholarship Application

  • 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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Deadline: March 10, 2020 at midnight

2019 Entrepreneurial Scholarship Recipients

Pictured (L to R): PAPPAJOHN SCHOLARS ($2,500): Konner Koerselman (Industrial Engineering), Courtney Middelkoop (Industrial Engineering), Anthony Swindell (Entrepreneurship), Cimone Wright-Hamor (Computer Engineering); DAVE SLATER SCHOLAR ($1,000): Luis Rios (Marketing).

2018 Entrepreneurial Scholarship Recipients

(pictured L to R):  Wadood Daoud, Katie Carpenter, Ashley Jones, Brady Trent
*Not pictured: Joe Standon

2017 Entrepreneurial Scholarship Recipients

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

2016 Entrepreneurial Scholarship Recipients

(pictured L to R):  Riley Huhn, Andrew Pauley, Kenyon Brown