Class of 2017
“Donors have played a role in setting me up for success in the future."
When Luke Hanna transferred to the University of Iowa in the fall of 2015, he wanted to better understand the world around him. Hanna, a native of Swisher, Iowa, quickly got to work.
At the end of his first semester, Hanna traveled to Madurai, India, as part of a health care and entrepreneurship class taught by Bob Walker, a lecturer at the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. “Between my interest in entrepreneurship and growing up with two parents who worked in the health-care field, I was immediately drawn to this study abroad opportunity,” says Hanna. “It was a really remarkable experience.”
Support from donors helped Hanna discover the world around him. Hanna was one of five recipients of the 2016-17 Claire and Carl Stuart Study Abroad Scholarship, which was created during the For Iowa. Forever More. campaign to support international travel experiences for students in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
“I’m very appreciative of the scholarship support I received from Claire and Carl,” says Hanna. “For many Iowa students, scholarships are the difference in their ability to study abroad.”
Hanna, who is graduating this spring with a degree in enterprise leadership, is continuing to explore the world around him this semester. Hanna is currently interning with a startup accelerator in New York City, which he hopes will lead him to a bright future in business world. “My experiences in India and New York City will help me hit the ground running when I graduate,” says Luke. “And donors have played a role in setting me up for success in the future.”