“The University of Iowa has always been special to us—even before we became students here,”

Terry and Pam Hopper were destined to become Hawkeyes.

“The University of Iowa has always been special to us—even before we became students here,” says Terry.

The Vinton, Iowa, natives were high school sweethearts and married during their undergraduate years at Iowa. And although they graduated more than 40 years ago—Pam with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 and Terry with a B.A. degree in 1969 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1972—their connection to the UI has deepened throughout the years.

The Hoppers, who currently live in Fort Dodge, Iowa, found themselves back at their beloved university in 2010. After a long and successful career in private practice, Terry retired in 2010 and signed on to serve as an associate professor in the UI College of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He retired in 2014.

Terry’s recent work with students, combined with the couple’s gratitude for their own educational opportunities at Iowa, has led them to give back to the UI on numerous occasions. They are dedicated university volunteers and members of the Presidents Club, a recognition society for the UI’s most generous contributors.

They also recently made a new gift commitment to the University of Iowa—and students are at the heart of their visionary gift.

The Hoppers have decided to establish or enhance four endowed scholarships by including the University of Iowa Foundation in their estate plans. Their generous gift will bolster their already established undergraduate and Iowa Writers’ Workshop scholarships. It also will create new scholarships for the UI College of Dentistry and the UI Division of Performing Arts.

“We want to help reduce the financial pressure on students,” says Pam. “And we want to help students in all areas—the sciences, the arts, undergraduates, graduate students—achieve their dreams. Whatever the field of study, they all will enrich our society.”

The Hoppers’ gift will most certainly serve as a critical resource for generations to come, and they hope fellow alumni will follow their lead and give back to the UI as well.

“When the university announces that all discoveries have been made and all knowledge is known, it will be time to rest on our laurels,” says Terry.  “But until then we should give generously from our hearts, so others have the opportunity to achieve as we have.”