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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

SBS Scholarship

SBS scholars are recipients of scholarships from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit to entering freshmen who expect to major in one of the degree programs of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Awards are up to $6,000 per year.  SBS Scholarship recipients may renew their scholarship annually, provided they meet the established criteria, for a maximum four years of funding.  For the fall of 2013, approximately ten awards were made to entering freshmen.

Degree Programs of the College: Liberal Arts and Teaching
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has degree programs in:

Anthropology Global Studies Psychology
Criminology Gerontology Public Administration
Family Services History Social Science - Teaching
Geography Interior Design Social Work
Geography, Environmental Emphasis Political Communication Sociology
Geography, GISc Emphasis Political Science Textiles and Apparel


In some academic areas, the student may elect either a liberal arts option or a program leading to high school teaching certification.

Selection of SBS Scholars
1. The next SBS scholars will be selected from among freshmen who enter the university in the fall of 2014.

2. To be considered for a scholarship a student must:

  • file an application form (Via the UNIversity Scholarship Application);
  • submit ACT scores, class rank, and grade point average (usually satisfied by submission of a transcript to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences);
  • rank in the upper 15 percent of his/her class and have an ACT composite score of 27 or greater (SAT equivalent of 1250; an RAI of 305 and above will also be considered);
  • submit all application materials by Wednesday, January 15, 2014. SBS scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. Applicants will be judged on the basis of high school records, performance on standardized tests, academic honors and achievements, and other evidence of academic accomplishment and promise.
  • visit the UNI campus (see below) to be interviewed.

Maintaining SBS Scholarship

  1. Scholarships are renewed each year by maintaining a required grade point average and class load.
  2. Scholars must show significant progress toward their SBS major.

Additional Information
If you have questions about the SBS Scholarship Program, please contact:

SBS Scholarship Coordinator

319 Sabin Hall

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0403

Telephone: (319) 273-7286
FAX: (319) 273-2222