Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program works with highly motivated students who are interested in advice and assistance from adult mentors to accelerate their academic experience and performance, improve their adjustment to professional standards of behavior, goals, ethics and success and out-perform their age group in transitioning to adult leadership roles. Scholarship awards are based on academic aptitude, academic achievement, community service and financial need.
Iowa's Silver Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $9,000 over four years. The initial scholarship of $500 per semester may be used for tuition, books or fees and any college or university in the US.
Iowa's Gold Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $40,000 over four years. The scholarship pays tuition, books and fees at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa or the University of Northern Iowa.