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).

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 cumulative 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

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.

Deadline: March 15, 2021
  • Include annual sales, number of employees, or other relevant data. Please limit your response to 250 words.
  • Accepted file types: doc, pdf, docx, Max. file size: 16 MB.
    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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