Iowa Uncommon Student Award

Scholarship Value: $10,000
Awards Available: 15

The Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award is a $10,000 scholarship program for Iowa high school juniors. The program annually identifies and honors up to 15 Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish a project of their own choosing and design. Grades, test scores, essays and financial need are not evaluated. Each of the 15 finalists will receive a $1,500 cash award at the completion of the program. Three of those could earn an additional $10,000 scholarship each, for a total of $11,500.

Uncommon Student Award Application Process

Both the Student Application Form and the Recommendation Form are now available to be submitted online, which is the preferred method. Online submissions will be confirmed by email. Keep in mind, you cannot save data typed into these forms. Please print your completed form before submitting if you would like a copy for your records. FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED AND HAS NO EFFECT ON THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

It is important and in the best interest of the applicant to view and read the links below before applying! The project proposal is in the form of questions. Think of your project as a business plan, in which you tell evaluators what your goal is and how you will get there. Following are the questions you will answer in clearly marked sections of the application. All answers together should be between 2-4 pages in length. We highly suggest creating a Word document and saving it, then pasting it into the the online application. PLEASE CONFIRM RECEIPT OF APPLICATION BY CONTACTING

For this project, you will need to answer the following:

A) Benefits or importance of the project (why do you want to do this project?)

B) Procedures you will use to complete your project (how are you going to do it?)

C) Resources/materials you will use to complete your project?

D) Mentors you will look to for guidance, if applicable (you must ask for agreement and note in proposal)?

E) How have you shown your leadership skills during this project?

F) Have you incorporated volunteers? How?

G) Conclusion or results you expect?

H) How your work on this project relates to Herbert Hoover's expertise as an organizer and leader (make sure to read up on Hoover before you write this section)?

I) How did you find out about this program?

When writing your project proposal, clearly state the project goal and how you will reach it. Answer the questions why, who, what, where, when and how? Write the proposal in words you know. Keep it clear and simple and define any specialized vocabulary. Get necessary permissions BEFORE submitting the proposal and avoid language like, "If I get permission, I will…". Evaluators need to see a reasonable chance of success. Lastly, ask an adult unfamiliar with your idea to read your proposal. He/she can tell you if there are details missing.

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