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There are various types and levels of sponsorship for the State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa: 

General Fund Sponsorship:

These sponsors generously provide funds for the general operation and general scholarships provided by the SSTFI. These funds are corporately and privately given either through donation or grant. 

Scholarship Sponsorship:

These sponsors provide scholarships in their name to students usually within a designated category. Many of these sponsors are also General Fund Sponsors. 

Special Award Sponsorship:

These sponsors provide gifts, certificates, and other awards in their name to a specified group of students. These awards cover very specific criteria as required by the sponsor. Within the Special Award Sponsorship the awards are broken into three main levels: Intel ISEF Sponsored Awards (these awards come directly to us through our affiliation with the Intel ISEF), Military Sponsored Awards and Iowa Organizations & Individuals Sponsored Awards. 

Volunteer Sponsorship:

These sponsors are organizations, clubs, companies, educational institutions, colleges and departments, etc. that graciously provide judges and volunteers or allow their employees time off to serve as a judge or volunteer. 

In Kind Sponsorship:

These sponsors provide a service or equipment free of charge to the SSTFI. 

All of our sponsorships are recognized within the following levels based on their donations: 

Volunteer Sponsors: $0 but priceless service
Bronze Sponsors: up to $1,999
Silver Sponsors: $2,000 to $4,999
Gold Sponsors: $5,000 to $9,999
Platinum Sponsors: $10,000 or more




2015 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors: $10,000 or more

Iowa Biotechnology Association

Scholarship Sponsor


Iowa Biotechnology Association Scholarship

(www.iowabiotech.comIowa Biotechnology Association

  • The Iowa Biotechnology Association has donated five (5) $2,000 tuition scholarships to be awarded at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa
  • The Iowa Biotechnology Association Tuition Scholarship will be awarded to the five students that exhibit the best use of biotechnology with his or her project.
  • All Iowa high school students exhibiting at the fair are eligible.
  • If a student attends a college or university outside of the state of Iowa the scholarship is reduced to $1,000.

Iowa Energy Center

General Fund & Scholarship Sponsor


Iowa Energy Center Youth & Energy Scholarships


  • The Iowa Energy Center awards Youth and Energy Scholarships for exceptional energy-related projects exhibited at the State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa.
  • Energy-related projects can fall under many of the SSTFI project categories.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to the top Energy Related Projects up to $10,000 in total scholarships awarded.
    • Scholarships funds will be provided directly to the college of the student's choice. An additional $500 will be 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 (or $11,000 for in-state colleges).


    Iowa State University

    General Fund Sponsor
    Host Sponsor


    The Monsanto Fund

    General Fund SponsorMonsanto

    Gold Sponsors: $5,000 to $9,999

    Iowa Space Grant Consortium

    Scholarship Sponsor


    Iowa Space Grant Consortium Scholarship


    ( Iowa Space Grant Consortium

    • The Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) will provide a tuition scholarship (1) to the top Senior (12th Grade) student exhibiting at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa.

      • $6,000 Top Senior Exhibitor (1 Award for a total of $6000)
    • The scholarships must be applied at a member university: Drake University, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, or the University of Northern Iowa, with a major in an approved science, technology, engineering or mathematics field. U.S. Citizenship is required.

    Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    General Fund & Scholarship Sponsor

    Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


    • The ISU College of Agriculture will be awarding up to eight (8) $500 scholarships. 
    • The ISU College of Agriculture Tuition Scholarship will be awarded to the students that exhibit the best use of agriculture with his or her project. 
    • All Iowa high school students (9-12 grade) exhibiting at the fair are eligible. 
    • Teams are eligible
    • Agriculture is a very broad topic area covering many of the SSTFI high school categories. 
    • These tuition scholarships may only be applied at Iowa State University with enrollment in the College of Agriculture.



      Iowa State University College of Human Sciences


      • The College of Human Sciences offers two (2) $2500 Expanding Human Potential Scholarships for middle school students.
      • Students receiving scholarships will demonstrate the best applications of Human Sciences related content
      • Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 who exhibit at the fair are eligible for this scholarship
      • Exhibits entered in any of the physical or biological sciences categories are eligible, provided that they demonstrate a clear connection to the Human Sciences.
      • For more information:


      Silver Sponsors: $2,000 to $4,999

      Iowa Medical Society Education Fund

      General Fund & Scholarship Sponsor


      The University of Iowa College of Engineering

      Scholarship Sponsor

      The University of Iowa College of Engineering Scholarship


      • The Colleges of Engineering at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University will be awarding six (6) $500 scholarships.
      • These tuition scholarships will be awarded to the top three Junior High Biological Science projects and to the top three Junior High Physical Science projects.
      • All Iowa junior high students (6-8 grade) exhibiting at the fair are eligible.
      • These tuition scholarships may only be applied at either the University of Iowa or Iowa State University with enrollment in the College of Engineering.

      Bronze Sponsors: Up to $1,999

      Feed Energy

      General Fund Sponsor

      Iowa Dental Association

      General Fund Sponsor

      Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Agricultural Foundation

      General Fund Sponsor

      Iowa FFA Association

      General Fund Sponsor

      Kemin Industries

      General Fund Sponsor

      Vermeer Manufacturing

      General Fund Sponsor

      Special Award Sponsors: Iowa Sponsored Awards

      Independent Researcher Award (Anonymous Iowa Family)


      InFORM Award (Anonymous Iowa Family)



      Iowa 4-H


      Iowa Angus Auxiliary



      Iowa FFA Association


      Iowa Junior Academy of Science



      Iowa Section - Institute of Food Technologists 


      Iowa State University Entomology Graduate Student Organization


      Iowa State University Program for Women in Science & Engineering 



      Iowa Water Pollution Control Association


      Outstanding Botany Project Award (Anonymous Iowa Family)

      Special Award Sponsors: ISEF Sponsored Awards (through affiliation)


      American Meteorological Society



      American Psychological Association



      ASM International Foundation



      Association for Women Geoscientists








      Mu Alpha Theta



      National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration




      Society for In Vitro Biology

      Society for In Vitro Biology


      Society for Science & the Public


      Stockholm Junior Water Prize

      Stockholm Water Environment Federation


      United States Department of Health and Human Services


      United States Metric Association

      Special Award Sponsors: Military Sponsored Awards

      Air Force

      United States Air Force



      United States Army



      United States Navy/Marine Corp

      Volunteer Sponsors (Donation Of Time)


      Air Force ROTC Detachment 250

      Alpha Phi Omega

      American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

      Ames Laboratory

      Auburn University

      Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC)

      Central Microscopy Research Facility 

      Chemical & Biological Engineering

      Department of Aerospace Engineering

      Des Moines Public Schools

      Des Moines University


      Dr.Gwynn Beattie

      Drake University

      Feed Energy Company

      Gamma Phi Beta

      Genetic ID

      Grand View University 

      Great Prairie AEA

      Grout Museum District - Bluedorn Science Imaginarium

      Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

      Iowa Department of Education

      Iowa Health Des Moines

      Iowa State University

      Iowa State University Extension & Outreach

      ISU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department

      ISU Biology Department

      ISU Cambus

      ISU Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

      ISU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

      ISU Limnology Laboratory

      ISU Masters of Arts in Teaching Program

      ISU Pi Tau Sigma

      ISU Reiman Gardens

      Iowa Teacher Intern License Pathway

      Iowa Western Community College

      Keota High School

      Krell Institute

      Material Advantage


      Palmer House

      Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

      Schwinger Lawn Service


      Tau Beta Pi


      USDA - Agricultural Research Services

      University of Iowa

      University of Northern Iowa

      UNI Teaching Education program

      Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department

      Waldorf College

      Waterloo West High School

      William Penn University