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Presidential Scholar and Honors

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How do I qualify for a Presidential Scholarship? 


Must meet two of the following requirements:

  • Minimum high school grade point average of at least 3.4 at the end of fall semester, senior year (7 semesters).
  • Achieve a minimum composite ACT score of 23 or SAT score of 1130.
  • Ranked in the top 10% of your graduating class as verified by your high school transcript.


Complete the online scholarship application. 

Attach an unofficial transcript through the fall semester, prior to high school graduation to the scholarship application.

  • Priority awarding deadline: February 1, midnight, C.S.T.
  • Early-bird deadline: March 1, midnight, C.S.T.
  • Scholarship deadline: April 1, midnight, C.S.T.

Complete the online admissions application.

Have an official transcript of high school grades sent to the Admissions Office.

Request an exam report from ACT be sent to Iowa Lakes.


$3,000  Presidential Scholar 
$4,000  Salutatorian (verified by your official high school transcript)
$5,000  Valedictorian (verified by your official high school transcript)

  • Funds can only be used to pay TUITION ONLY.
  • Funds are applied to your student financial aid package. 
  • Funds are split equally between fall and spring semesters. 

How do you remain eligible?

  • Enroll as a full-time student at Iowa Lakes (minimum 12 credit hours per semester).
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 while at Iowa Lakes Community College.
  • Actively participate in scheduled Iowa Lakes Community College honors/community service activities
  • Complete the scholarship application each academic year.
  • Enroll in no more than one online class per semester.


Opportunities available to earn Honors credit by completing “in class honors” activities and requirements:

  • “Scholars only” academic and leadership/service activities each semester
  • Opportunities for interaction with fellow Honors students in both on-and off-campus activities
  • Opportunity to determine both individual and group or club academic pursuits.
  • Special recognition at graduation.
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