How Do I Apply?

Now that you know a little about the the program, read on for details on how to apply.

While you're waiting to see if you're selected, look forward to the next step.


Students who are in grades 6-8 (current academic year) may nominate themselves for the Junior Scholars Institute (JSI), a one-week residential summer academic program at The University of Iowa for Belin-Blank Center students. Students take a single advanced level course for the entire week. Each student selected will receive a $325 scholarship to cover a portion of the cost of the Institute.


Any student who is currently in 6th-8th grades is eligible for participation. Because this is a self-nomination program, all qualified students should apply. Students do not need to be in a talented and gifted program to nominate themselves.

How to Apply

When you apply online, you will need to submit the following:

  • Personal information for student being nominated
  • Emails for two letters of recommendation: one from someone who know the students abilities and another mentor who can speak to their character (this may not be a family member or friend). They will be sent an electronic form which must be completed and submitted to the Belin-Blank Center
  • 250-500 word essay on your interest in attending JSI

In addition, students applying must supply: 

  • Design for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: An essay that includes a description of your experience and interest in computer programing, designing, and/or creating 

  • Environmental Engineering: Grades and scores

  • Leadership for Students Who Want to Make a Difference: An essay that focuses on three qualities of an effective leader

  • Mixed Media Workshop: Portfolio - please upload two examples of your work. 

  • Project Discovery - Finding Your Writer's Voice: Portfolio - please upload two examples of your work.

  • Robot Theater: Grades and scores 

  • Women in Engineering: Grades and scores

Nominations will be forwarded to the Belin-Blank Center where the final selection of the scholarship students will be made.

Please refer to our Deadlines page for important dates.


Information and nomination forms available online to students:
December 2019

Students send completed nominations to the Belin-Blank Center.

Students will be accepted into JSI on an ongoing basis until all classes are full.
Students typically will be informed of their status within two weeks of applying.

Online acceptance due: May 1, 2020


Completed nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of faculty and staff from The University of Iowa, educators from the area, and community leaders. The selection committee will evaluate applications based on the following criteria, ranked in priority order:

  • Content of student essay, portfolios, and supporting materials
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of commitment and motivation
  • Programs or activities involved in at school and in the community
  • Maturity to live in a residential setting

Cost & Payment

Each student selected for the Institute will receive a $325 scholarship which covers a portion of the Institute's costs. Each student will pay a fee of $700 to cover the remaining costs. Together, the scholarship and the student fees cover all instructional costs, room, board, books, and admission to all regularly scheduled activities. Students and their families will assume responsibility for transportation to and from the Institute and incidental expenses, such as souvenirs and snacks. Consideration for financial aid, in addition to the scholarship, will be made after the students are selected. You will be able to apply for financial aid when you register for the program. Due to limited funds, financial aid is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Families have three options for payment of fees:

  1. Pay the entire amount on a credit card.
  2. Pay in three equal installments using a credit card.
  3. Set up an individualized payment plan.

Financial Aid

You may apply for a Wallace Grant for financial aid when you register for the program. Information, including parent(s)/guardian(s) salary, enrollment in free/reduced lunch, or other federal or state assistance programs will be collected at that time. Those that apply for financial aid will initially only be charged half the cost of the program. However, after your information has been reviewed, a decision will be made, and you will receive an email regarding the amount of your award.

H.B. and Jocelyn Wallace of Scottsdale, Arizona have been longtime supporters of the Belin-Blank Center. Their generous donation has enabled us to make grants available to students in our summer programs. The grants are for up to one-half the cost of the program and will be applied directly to the registration fees for the summer.

H.B. WallaceJocelyn Wallace