ACT Scholars Program

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In collaboration with ACT, the University of Iowa Graduate College is pleased to promote multiculturalism and inclusion through the ACT Scholars Program.

Through the generous support of the ACT Foundation, ACT offers a stipend covering the academic year only (“ACT Scholarship”) to qualified students pursuing graduate degrees full time at the University of Iowa in programs of study generally pertinent to ACT’s business model. Students who pass their comprehensive exams will receive a stipend increase.

Priority will be given to applicants who are U. S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and will increase diversity and multicultural perspectives in areas relevant to ACT’s interest and strategic goals. In that respect, priority is given to first-generation students from historically underrepresented populations, including African-Americans, Latinos, and Native American applicants.

Value

ACT offers a $23,000 stipend covering the academic year only plus full resident rate tuition (“ACT Scholarship”) to qualified students pursuing graduate degrees full time at the University of Iowa in programs of study generally pertinent to ACT’s business model. Students who pass their comprehensive exams will receive a stipend increase to $25,000 for the academic year plus full resident rate tuition.

Students are funded for up to a maximum of four academic years, or until they graduate from their degree program, whichever comes first. Students will be funded provided they remain in good academic standing with strong evidence of academic progress, and their coursework and research remains consistent with multicultural interests and ACT values. Students also must successfully complete the comprehensive examination and submit all annual progress reports. Students who exceed four years may receive continued funding on a case-by-case basis.

During the term of the scholarship, ACT Scholars will not be eligible for other graduate support (assistantships or fellowships), regardless of source, and may not be otherwise employed during the academic year.

Because summer support is not included, ACT scholars are eligible and encouraged to apply for Graduate College summer fellowships (e.g., the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio Summer Fellowship, Graduate College Summer Fellowship (for post-comprehensive exam PhD students), and the Under-Represented Minority Pre-Comprehensive Exam Mentored Research Fellowship).

 

Minimum Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the ACT Scholars Program, students must be a newly admitted or current full-time University of Iowa graduate student with an academic cumulative GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or a current, full-time University of Iowa master's degree student with an academic cumulative GPA of 3.3.  Each candidate shall submit a certified copy of their transcript as verification of their GPA.

Requirements for Fellows

During the academic year, ACT Scholars are expected to focus primarily on their academic studies. Therefore, during this time, ACT Scholars are strongly encouraged to participate in Graduate College and/or ACT events as invited throughout the academic year.

Scholars also must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete annual progress reports each year by April 15 to assist in determining compliance with ACT's mission and interest in their academic coursework and research.
  2. Continued support as a Graduate College ACT Fellow requires remaining in good academic standing with strong evidence of academic progress, and strong evidence that coursework and research remains consistent with multicultural interests and ACT Values, and have successful completion of the comprehensive examination.
  3. Participation in Grad DEI and/or ACT events as invited throughout the academic year and in at least one summer internship at ACT or at an approved location.
  4. Receipt of positive feedback regarding the internship summer and the ACT Scholar’s performance.
  5. If all of the above requirements are not met, the ACT Scholars Program co-directors may withhold awarding of funds.
    Application

    ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

    • To be eligible to apply for the ACT Scholars Program, students must be: a newly admitted or current, full-time University of Iowa graduate student with an academic cumulative GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or a current, full-time University of Iowa master's degree student with an academic cumulative GPA of 3.3.
    • Each candidate shall submit a certified copy of their transcript as verification of their GPA.

    WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS

    • A detailed letter of interest explaining why the student feels they should be selected for the scholarship (maximum 500 words).
    • A detailed 1,000 word essay expressing a broad understanding of how they intend to incorporate the values of diversity and/or multiculturalism in their field of study and how they view this scholarship aiding them in accomplishing those intentions.
    • A demonstrated account of how they express and support ACT’s values – Excellence, Diversity, Leadership, Empowerment, Learning and Sustainability (maximum 500 words).

    DEPARTMENTAL APPROVAL FORM

    • The Department Approval Form (PDF) is signed by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and Academic Advisor.  This is not required for newly admitted students.

    IN-PERSON INTERVIEW

    • At the discretion of the Selection Committee, ACT Scholar candidates may be invited to participate in an in-person interview with members of the Selection Committee.

    ELIGIBILITY – DEGREE PROGRAMS

    Students pursuing graduate degrees in the following general areas are eligible to apply for the ACT Scholar Program. Students in related areas of graduate research will also be considered, on a case-by-case basis. Students should ask (see contact information below) if they have questions about their academic field eligibility.

    GRADUATE COLLEGE

    • Library and Information Science

    COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

    • Communication Studies
    • Computer Science
    • Informatics Program

     COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

    • Accounting
    • Management and Organizations
    • Management Sciences
    • Marketing

     COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering

     COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

    • School Curriculum and Assessment Policy
    • Educational Measurement and Statistics
    • Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
    Deadline

    Applications should be submitted online. The application deadline is March 15, 2021.

    Additional Information

    PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL WITH QUESTIONS