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We have opportunities available for students from each of our nine partner states.

Additionally, we provide the Jeff Zimpleman-Iowa Sister States Scholarship for students studying in Iowa interested in studying abroad in one of our nine sister states.




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For Iowa Students

Jeff Zimplemann- Iowa Sister States Scholarship 

Jeff Zimpleman was born and raised in Iowa. He grew up in Clive and graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines. He went on to attend Dartmouth College, where he earned a degree in chemistry, did graduate work at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and received an MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.


Throughout his life, Jeff loved to travel and valued the opportunities to learn that it provided.  He traveled widely and often, and in his 36 years he visited 30 countries; studied business in Spain; saw 6 of the 7 continents; and ventured above the Arctic Circle. Traveling always provided chances to meet new people and experience new cultures, whether in the classroom or out, and he relished these opportunities.


Iowa Sister States is proud to partner with the family of Jeff Zimpleman in the creation of this scholarship. 

Jeff’s love of exploring new places and his understanding of the importance of nurturing international relationships resonates with the very essence of Iowa Sister States’ organizational vision which is to, “…be a leader in integrating Iowans with the world community.”  Iowan Jeff Zimpleman, a citizen diplomat, did just that:  he integrated himself into the world community.  With this scholarship we offer you the same opportunity.


The Board of Directors, volunteers and staff of Iowa Sister States, as well as the Zimpleman family, invite you to apply for the Jeff Zimpleman-Iowa Sister States Scholarship.  Use this opportunity to do great things! The scholarship will not be available until Fall 2020. 

Applicants must complete the full application. The selection committee will review all applications. There may be need for follow up questions. Scholarships to be awarded in time for programs in Summer 2020 to Spring 2021.  (It is expected that scholarship winners will be notified by no later than July 2020.)   
The application and information document are available below, OR you can contact Iowa Sister States and have it sent directly to us at 


2020 Zimpleman  Information Sheet 2020 Zimpleman Scholarship Application


For Students from our Sister States

Central College in Pella, Iowa offers an Iowa Sister States scholarship of $15,000 for up to four years.


Coe is pleased to offer a scholarship for students from Iowa's sister states in the amount of $16,000 per year, renewable for up to 3 years after the initial year.

DMACC offers in-state tuition for all of Iowa's sister states!


Drake University offers a renewable $3,000 scholarship for students who reside or study in a secondary school in Hebei Province, China.

Grand View University offers scholarships to all eligible resident students from Iowa's nine sister states, ranging from $9,000 to $16,000 per academic year.

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Simpson College

Simpson College offers a $4,000 renewable scholarship for international students from one of Iowa's nine sister states.

Wartburg College offers a $4,000 renewable scholarship ($16,000 maximum over four years) to all eligible resident students from Iowa's nine sister states.

For more information click here or 

University of northern Iowa

sister states scholarship

The UNI Sister States Scholarship will be available to all new incoming undergraduate degree-seeking students, including both freshmen and transfers. Students will be eligible upon proving resident status in one of Iowa's partner states and by meeting UNI international admission requirements.

CIEP Scholarship

The CIEP scholarship provides 20% off of tuition for the CIEP program for international students from our nine partner states! The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) of the University of Northern Iowa strives to provide nonnative speakers of English with intensive English language instruction and a cultural, social, and academic orientation to the United States.



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