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Don Adams

Celebrating 50 Years With Don Adams

Don Adams arrived at Drake in 1969 as vice president of student life. Since then, Bulldogs have been inspired and encouraged through his mentorship and guidance. Even in retirement, Don continues to empower students through the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute, which was founded in his honor.

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Judy Lindquist

Lifelong Focus on Education

As a teacher, Judy Lindquist, GR ’70, encouraged students to achieve to the best of their abilities. She maintained that focus to empower students, particularly women, to strive for challenging professional careers when she created three scholarships at Drake.

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SJMC Celebrates 100 Years of Excellence

Sports broadcaster Al McCoy, FA ’54, credits his Drake education and experiences with his career success, inspiring his continued giving to the University.

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Scholarship Recipients

Drake Celebrates Life-Changing Scholarships

Scholarship recipients reflect on impact of gifts at 10 th annual Scholarship Luncheon.

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Drake Law School

Leaving a Family Legacy

The Smith family has long supported Drake Law School. The tradition began with Clemens J. Smith and continues today through his family, including three sons who are also Law School graduates.

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Scholarship Support Has Long-Lasting Impact

Nearly a decade has passed since two Drake alumni established an endowed scholarship for deserving students. Now several recipients show how it changed their lives.

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Sketch of The Ray Promenade

A Dramatic Transformation

Stretching from Forest Avenue to the Painted Street, the Ray Promenade will serve as an outdoor classroom, performance venue, meeting location, and picnic destination while adding beauty and greenspace to campus.

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Jamie Rusan

Opportunities for Growth

When Jamie Rusan and his family needed support, his community showed up and helped. It’s what convinced him that service was his calling.

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Tierney Grisolano

Travel Fund Creates Unique Opportunities for Students

Last year 18 students received grants that helped them travel to present academic papers, attend conferences, and more. See how these opportunities helped two students prepare for their future.

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Gene and Jacque Fuller

Marking Milestones Through Giving

Fifty years ago, Gene and Jacque Fuller got married and graduated from Drake University shortly after that. They celebrated these important milestones by creating an endowed scholarship to support future Drake students.

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Kelli Carter

A Life-Changing Scholarship

A life marked by hardship and loss will take a dramatic turn this December when Kelli Carter is slated to walk across the stage at Drake’s December commencement. If not for the support of our loyal donors, this story may have ended in a very different way.

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Paul Morrison

Morrison Scholarship Makes Drake Education a Reality

Brooke Miller knew she wanted to be a Bulldog when she took her first campus tour. Today, thanks to the Paul F. Morrison Scholarship, her dream of attending Drake is a reality.

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Alexandria Quinn

Building Connections

As an undergraduate, Alexandria Quinn formed deep connections in the Drake community. Those connections—and a competitive scholarship package—led her to further her education at Drake Law.

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Leah Thompson

Pursuing a Lifelong Dream

At an early age, Leah Thompson knew that she wanted to be a reporter. Thanks to the John Lytle Endowed Scholarship for News Journalism, Leah’s dream is becoming a reality.

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Success Breeds Business Idea

Drake junior Roy Ju gained valuable professional experience through Project Bulldog, a program that exists because of philanthropic support. Through Project Bulldog, Ju developed a new business idea for a study guide for actuarial exams. His study methods are getting a lot of attention, as he is also the youngest person to ever receive the highest professional designation in the field of actuaries.

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law building

Real-World Experience

Austin Mouw, LW’15 was well on his way to a strong career before completing his degree. Mouw, a recipient of the Samuel Logue Scholarship, was offered the opportunity to argue before the Iowa Supreme Court during his 3L year and won two cases before the Court of Appeals.

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Noyces

A Family of Bulldogs

A love for Drake University is contagious for the Noyce family. Patricia and Richard Noyce believed strongly that the college experience should extend beyond the classroom, and that community was the key to a holistic education, according to their son, Jim Noyce, BN’78. Patricia and Richard were recently remembered and recognized publicly for their gifts that will continue to benefit the next generation of Bulldog students.

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Pursuing Public Service

Kelly Nuckolls said Drake Law School’s generous scholarships have made it possible for her to pursue her desired career path. She found the perfect fit for her ambitions at Drake Law, where she is working toward a certificate in food and agricultural law and a certificate in legislative practice.

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