George and Margaret Maxey
“George always wanted to attend the University of Iowa, and he did for a while after high school. But he wasn't able to afford to continue,” says Margaret.
George and Margaret Maxey never graduated from the University of Iowa. Natives of Iowa City, the two met at Iowa City High School in the 1930s, but financial circumstances prevented them from pursuing college at that time.
“George always wanted to attend the University of Iowa, and he did for a while after high school. But he wasn’t able to afford to continue,” says Margaret. “George said he always wanted to create a scholarship for graduates of Iowa City High School.”
After George and Margaret graduated from Iowa City High School in 1938, George served in the United States Navy during World War II. The couple was married in Iowa City in 1941. George worked for the United States Post Office—including service as the Postmaster of North Liberty—until his retirement in 1978. Margaret worked for the University of Iowa—first in the business office and then for the athletics ticket office—until retiring in 1985. Avid Hawkeye fans, the Maxeys regularly attended football and basketball games well into their retirement. They were married for a month shy of 70 years before George’s death in 2010.
Although the Maxeys did not obtain degrees from the UI themselves, their names will forever be linked to helping others do so. In 2011—after reviewing finances upon George’s passing—Margaret Maxey decided to endow the George and Margaret Maxey Scholarship to help Iowa City High School students realize their college dreams.
The scholarship is specifically intended to benefit students from Iowa City High School who demonstrate financial need, helping to, as Margaret puts it, “create a bright future for persons who otherwise could not afford college.”