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The application program will be available again in January 2022. Please return then to view the updated Eligibility and Awards for the 2021 academic year! If you are an applicant who would like to discover more scholarship opportunities you might qualify for, please continue to the Scholarship America Hub and sign up!


Athene USA Game Changer Scholars Program
Application status: Closed

The Athene Charitable Foundation has established a scholarship program designed to support minority students in reaching their educational goals.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals.

Applicants to the Athene USA Game Changer Scholars Program must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and Iowa resident
  • Be a high school senior or graduate or current college undergraduate
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university located in the state of Iowa for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent
  • Identify as one or more of the following underrepresented minority* students:
    • Latino/Latina/Latinx/Hispanic or Black/African American

Note: Upon creating your account an email will be sent to your email address to create your password.  Please check your “junk mail” for email from Scholarship America.


Twenty (20) awards of $2,000 will be granted.

Awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and continued full-time enrollment at an Iowa school or college/university.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation.

Financial need will be considered. The recipient must demonstrate need.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Athene Charitable Foundation play a part in the selection. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


All applicants will be notified in May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Athene Charitable Foundation. Payment is made in August directed to the recipient’s college or university.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than April 5, 2021 3:00 pm.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Athene Charitable Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!