• Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship
  • Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship

    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.

Silver Scholarships

Iowa’s Silver Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $9,000 over 4 years. The initial scholarship of $500 per semester may be used for tuition, books or fees at any college or university in the US.

Gold Scholarships

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 one of Iowa’s three state universities:
Iowa State University
University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa

  • Scholarship Awards Dinner
  • Scholarship Awards Dinner

    Scholarship recipients and their parents or guardians will be honored guests at Iowa’s 2017 Matthew Shepard Scholarship Awards Dinner in 
Des Moines.

    Additional tickets for other family members, community members and friends will be available at normal ticket prices.

    Friday, June 2, 2017
    Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

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  • College Prep Seminar
  • College Prep Seminar

    All scholarship recipients will participate in our pre-college mentoring program at the Eychaner Foundation College Prep Seminar.

    • Learn about LGBTQ support services and student organizations on campus.
    • Meet previous Matthew Shepard Scholarship recipients.
    • Build friendships and support networks with LGBTQ students.
    • Learn college adjustment tips and skills from other LGBTQ students.

Key Dates

March 1, 2017
Application Deadline
March 25, 2017
Finalist Interviews
April 8, 2017
Scholarship Orientation and Photo Shoot
June 2, 2017
Scholarship Awards Dinner
July 21-23, 2017
College Prep Seminar