Nile C. Kinnick Scholarship

Now in its 25th 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 2021, 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 during the summer usually June or July (prior to or during orientation). 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 other’s accomplishments.

Important Dates

  • Scholarship deadline: May 21, 2021
  • Notification times: May 28-29, 2021
  • Semi-Finalist Interviews: June – July 2021 via Zoom
    (typically held during University of Iowa orientations)
  • Kinnick Scholarship Finalist Brunch: Planned for Sunday, August 22, 2021 @ Hancher Auditorium (Covid-19 permissible)