Each year the College of Pharmacy awards scholarships to student pharmacists through a variety of awards. In 2020, the college awarded over $1.2 million to help cover the cost of education. Around half of our student body receives a scholarship, with 235 scholarships given out in 2020.

Scholarships for Incoming PharmD Students 

Iowa Pharmacy Access Award

Iowa Pharmacy Scholars Award
 

Scholarships for PharmD Students

Opportunity Award

Donor-Endowed Awards
 


New scholarship programs may be created each year and award amounts for existing scholarship programs are subject to change. Currently enrolled PharmD students cannot become eligible for a new incoming scholarship or a new award amount that did not exist when they first enrolled at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.  Scholarships are subject to change if tuition costs are decreased.

The deadline for students to apply for admissions is listed in PharmCas and will be used for consideration for these scholarships.  Select merit-based scholarships awarded by the College of Pharmacy do not stack. If a student meets the minimum requirements for multiple awards, they will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest dollar value. Scholarships are subject to change each year for incoming new students. Please see the Scholarship and Grant Policies for more information. 

All admitted first-year students entering Fall 2021 with or without an PCAT score on file will be considered for merit scholarships awarded by the College of Pharmacy. Scholarship awarding decisions for students who do not provide test scores will be made following a review of a student's credentials. Students who are able to take the PCAT after application or admission are encouraged to self-report or send official test scores prior to April 1, 2021 to be considered for additional scholarship opportunities. Subsequent receipt of test scores will never negatively impact a previous admission or scholarship decision.
 

Scholarships for Incoming PharmD Students

Iowa Pharmacy Access Award

Eligibility:
For incoming first-year nonresident PharmD students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents or international students who graduate from a U.S. high school.

Value:
A minimum of $5,000 a year for up to four years

Minimum Requirements:
Nonresident first-year PharmD students who submit a complete application by March 1, 2021 are automatically considered for the Iowa Pharmacy Access Award. Scholarship amounts are based on outstanding academic merit (standardized test scores and GPA) and exceptional promise at the University of Iowa.

Application:
None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

Renewal:
A
utomatic renewal up to four years. You must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa (fall and spring terms), a minimum 3.00 cumulative Pharmacy GPA, and continue to pay nonresident tuition for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each academic year.


Iowa Pharmacy Scholars Award

Eligibility:
For incoming first-year PharmD students who are Iowa residents. 

Value:
$2,000–$5,000 a year for up to four years

Minimum Requirements:
Incoming PharmD students who are Iowa residents who submit a complete application by March 1, 2021 are automatically considered for the Iowa Pharmacy Access Award. Scholarship awarding and amounts are based on outstanding academic merit (standardized test scores and GPA) and exceptional promise at the University of Iowa.

Application:
None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

Renewal:
Automatic renewal up to four years. You must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa (fall and spring terms), a minimum 3.00 cumulative Pharmacy GPA, and continue to pay tuition for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each academic year.

 

Scholarships for PharmD Students

Opportunity Award

Eligibility:
For any PharmD students. 

Value:
$5,000 per year

Requirements:
PharmD students who submit a complete application are considered for the Opportunity Award. Scholarship awarding is based on leadership experiences, unique personal abilities or talents, healthcare experiences, racial, ethnic, geographic and/or intellectual diversity, perseverance in overcoming obstacles to academic success or others. 

Application:
Application is open January to March and requires the completion of an essay. 

Renewal:
Non-renewable. 


Donor-Endowed Awards

Eligibility:
For PharmD students in their second, third, or fourth year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program.  Learn more about donor scholarships.  

Value:
Range

Requirements:
PharmD students who submit a complete application are considered for the Donor-Endowed Awards. Scholarship awarding and amounts are based on donor-specified criteria.

Application:
A
pplication is open January to March. 

Renewal:
Depending on the award, some are renewable.