The Inclusion, Access, and Success committee works with educational partners statewide to identify needs of underrepresented populations. The Committee promotes and develops programs to educate the underrepresented students about post-secondary options and assist with the transition.

College Knowledge Glossary

The College Knowledge Glossary provides students with terminology they may hear throughout their college search and enrollment process. Iowa ACAC has translated the document into English, French and Spanish so students can include their family members in their decision process more easily.
Iowa ACAC recognizes that terminology used at each institution may be different and confusing for students. Being a first-generation student can be stressful and challenging and our hope is that this glossary of terms can assist students to have a better understanding to remove barriers and increase college access. 

Freddy Miranda Access Scholarship

Freddy Miranda was someone who was giving of his time, cared for others, and had a desire to improve the world. It is our hope to honor Freddy’s memory by choosing scholarship recipients that embody similar qualities and characteristics. 

The Freddy Miranda Access Scholarship will be awarded based on financial need, good character, honesty, and citizenship. Selection is made without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, disability or national origin. Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Recipients must renew their scholarship each year. Scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years if recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA. Scholarship monies will be granted on a yearly basis (full grant to be divided equally between first and second semesters).


  •        Applicant must be attending a high school or college/university in Iowa that is a member of Iowa ACAC. If the applicant is a high school senior, both the current high school and future college must be members of Iowa ACAC.
  •        Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.00+ scale and current transcript must be provided.  
  •        Applicant must renew each year with preference given to previous award recipients; a limit of four (4) awards per student; an award in one year does not automatically result in an award the following year.
  •        Award will be contingent upon proof of registration/enrollment.
  •        A copy of the applicant's transcript (official or unofficial) must be received before the award will be disbursed.


The Scholarship Selection Committee will give preference to applicants that are/have:

  •       An award recipient from the previous year
  •       First-Generation and/or demonstrate financial need
  •       Identified as an underrepresented student

Students may apply on their own for the scholarship. Although not required, it is highly encouraged that students also include a letter of recommendation from a school counselor, instructor, employer, or advisor. We will not accept letters from immediate family members.

The deadline to apply for the Freddy Miranda Access Scholarship is March 1. Students must be attending a high school or college that is a member of Iowa ACAC (as of March 1), and their chosen college must be an Iowa ACAC member.

Search to see if your high school is a member: Member High Schools 

Search to see if your college is a member: Member Colleges/Universities

Downloadable flyer for schools

Freddy Miranda worked in higher education in Iowa for more than a decade. He impacted the lives of hundreds of students, while working in Admissions for Central College, Pella, IA, University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Cedar Falls, IA, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, and Indian Hills Community College (IHCC), Ottumwa, IA. He was on a recruitment trip in Honduras, as the Director of International Affairs for IHCC, when he was killed in an automobile accident on March 8, 2016.


   Coming November 20, 2024! 

L.E.A.P. - Leading & Excelling, Academically & Professionally

A leadership conference for underrepresented freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in Iowa

L.E.A.P. empowers underrepresented students to understand the life-long rewards that come from achieving academic success and pursuing higher education. Participants will attend breakout sessions designed to encourage and equip students to focus on leadership, academics, work ethic, teamwork, the importance of being a positive role model, and positioning themselves for success in high school and beyond.

 Inclusion, Access and Success Committee

Janine Baeza, University of Northern Iowa, Chair
Juanita Zavala, Indian Hills Community College
Gabriel Hernandez Acosta, Mount Mercy University
Jenelle Martin, Buena Vista University
Allison Peach, Waterloo East HS
Kisha Smith, Waterloo Career Center
Leslie Garcia, University of Northern Iowa
Julietta Coronel, Buena Vista University
Giselle Herrera, University of Northern Iowa
Nicholas De Leon, Western Iowa Tech CC

Want to be involved? Email [email protected]!