The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute (IYI) is a life-changing experience for students in grades 8-12, held annually at Iowa State University every April. During this day long event students are able to explore majors and careers related to combating global hunger & poverty while also presenting their own ideas and solutions to real-world experts and professionals.
At this exciting day-long event, participating high school students will have the following opportunities:
Scholarship – students that complete the paper and attend the day long event automatically receive a $500 scholarship to Iowa State University in any of the career paths listed below.
Hands on Experience – Participate, with your teachers, in interactive activities on Iowa State University’s campus to explore research and work currently taking place in Iowa to address global challenges.
Global Youth Institute – If you are one of the top students, you can advance to the Global Youth Institute. This once in a lifetime experience allows you to interact with peers, like you, from across the nation. All Iowa students selected to participate also receive an additional $250 scholarship to Iowa State University.
Paid Fellowships with USDA– Students that complete the program are eligible to apply for a United States Department of Agriculture Wallace Carver Fellowship through the USDA working in research facilities across the United States.
International Internships - Students that are selected to move on to the Global Youth Institute are also eligible to apply for an internship with the World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program, which is an 8-week all expenses paid experience working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers around the globe. All students accepted to the program also receive an additional $3,000 scholarship to Iowa State University.
STEM Approved - The Iowa Youth Institute was recently awarded the Governor’s STEM Council Seal of Approval, an endorsement that recognizes and supports Iowa education programs that both encourage interest and celebrate student achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Immediately contact the World Food Prize at email@example.com or call at 515-245-3702 to express your interest.
- Student/s will then select a topic related to global food security and research the impact on a developing country, using the outlined paper instructions (click on the link in right-hand sidebar).
- Your school then selects the one student to represent your school as its Borlaug Scholar.
- Every school is guaranteed one spot. More spots will be available for schools after the deadline as space allows.
- Submit the student’s paper using the link in the right-hand sidebar*
- Submit the student's registration using the link in the right-hand sidebar*
- Submit the teacher mentor's information in the right-hand sidebar*
*Registration opens February 6th, 2019. Deadline to submit is March 25th, 2019.
The Iowa Youth Institute will be held on Monday April 29, 2019 at Iowa State University.
Who is eligible? Students in grades 8th to 12th grade are eligible to attend the IYI. However, 12th grade students are ineligible to advance to the Global Youth Institute, but can still receive the scholarship, experience the IYI, and apply for the USDA Wallace Carver Fellowship. Special accommodations for other students may be made upon request.
Is there a cost to attend? Lunch and program expenses at the Iowa Youth Institute are covered by the World Food Prize Foundation and Iowa State University for participating student delegates and their teacher mentors.
Is there transportation available? Student and teacher participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event at Iowa State University.
For more information contact the World Food Prize Director of Youth Leadership Development, Kelsey Tyrrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515.245.3702.
As of 2018, 64% of high schools across Iowa have actively participated in the day-long event. At the 2018 Iowa Youth Institute, 305 students from 1/3 of Iowa high schools attended and shared their most innovative ideas for solving our world's biggest challenges in food security. Below is a map of all of the schools that have participated in the past 7 years.
Since 1994, over 1,500 Iowa high school students and 400 teachers from across the state have participated in the Global Youth Institute.
In addition, more than 200 Iowa high school students have traveled to Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East through the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program to work alongside renowned scientists at leading research centers.