Nile C. Kinnick Scholarship

Now in its 23rd year, the Nile C. Kinnick scholarship aims to reward men with outstanding high school careers entering their first year at the University of Iowa. The scholarship is named for Nile Kinnick, Iowa’s lone Heisman trophy winner and a brother of Phi Kappa Psi. Nile was known as a well rounded individual and this is who the scholarship is intended to reward. In 2019, we will be awarding a total of $15,000 in scholarships. If you know someone who is a worthy candidate and meets the criteria, please encourage them to apply!

Application Process

The program begins in May when emails are sent to prospective applicants and their high schools. Of the hundreds of applications received, only the top applicants are named semifinalists and move on to interviews. Each semifinalist is then interviewed by two members of the scholarship selection committee on either the first or second day of their orientation session during the summer. The pool is narrowed once more to approximately twenty finalists who are then invited to the Kinnick Scholarship Brunch, held the Sunday prior to the start of the school year. Each of the finalists is announced at this banquet as are each of the winners. The banquet is a great opportunity for the young men to meet their future colleagues and celebrate each others accomplishments.

Important Dates

  • Scholarship deadline: May 25, 2019
  • Notification times: May 29, 2019
  • Semi Finalist Interviews: June – July 2019
    (typically held during University of Iowa orientations)
  • Kinnick Scholarship Finalist Brunch: Sunday, August 18, 2019