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Iowa Energy Center

Youth And Energy Scholarships


“I have two children who have participated in this program and truly feel this is a special part of science, technology and mathematics education in this state.” – a parent from Iowa City

The Iowa Energy Center awards Youth and Energy Scholarships for exceptional energy-related projects entered in the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa held in Ames each spring.

Since 1997, the Energy Center has awarded scholarships worth over $189,000. Energy-related projects can fall under many of the science fair’s listed categories. From engineering and physics, to botany and earth sciences, energy plays a role.

Three scholarship levels may be awarded:

  • $7,500
  • $5,000
  • $2,500

Subject to availability of funds, the Iowa Energy Center allocates $15,000 for scholarship awards in a given year. The awarded funds are provided directly to the college of the student’s choice.

Students may win more than one Youth and Energy Scholarship, but the amount of the total award cannot exceed $15,000. Scholarship funds may not be used to pay for books, supplies and room/board. Projects are judged on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy and completeness of information
  • Creativity of idea or application
  • Ability to communicate and demonstrate energy information effectively.

To learn more about the scholarship program, contact the Iowa Energy Center. To learn more about the science fair, contact Andrea Spencer or visit their website.