Youth and Energy Scholarships

The Energy Center awards scholarships to Iowa high school students at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa ( for exceptional energy-related projects. Scholarship funds will be provided directly to the college of the student’s choice.

Since 1997, the Energy Center has awarded 70 scholarships worth over $140,000. 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:

  • $5,000
  • $2,500
  • $1,250

Scholarship funds are provided directly to the college of the student’s choice. An additional $500 is awarded to students who attend an Iowa college, university or community college. Students may win more than one Youth and Energy Scholarship, but the amount of the awards cannot exceed $10,000. 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 contact the Iowa Energy Center. To learn more about the science fair contact Andrea Spencer at or visit the fair website at

STEM and Educational Links

In addition to the scholarship program, the Energy Center also provides resources related to the educational initiative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), a state-wide initiative that promotes the study of the sciences and applied sciences. Initiatives are in place to encourage students to study and enter occupations such as engineering, technology, and research.  The State of Iowa also has a Governor’s STEM study and initiative to improve the quality of science education in Iowa schools, community colleges, colleges and universities. For more resources, click here. >>

In addition to supporting STEM development in Iowa, the Energy Center actively contributes to students gaining a higher education, leading to an occupation in engineering, technology, and research through the Youth and Energy Scholarships. This program was implemented in 1997 and is still going strong.