Class of 2015
Countless University of Iowa student-athletes share stories about childhoods spent dreaming of one day being a Hawkeye—donning the black and gold, listening to the roar of the crowd, celebrating with teammates after a big win.
But for women’s basketball senior guard Melissa Dixon, the Hawkeye dreams didn’t start until much later.
In fact, Dixon’s first real exposure to the University of Iowa came on a visit to campus as a high school basketball standout from Johnsburg, Illinois. She fell in love immediately, and knew right away that Iowa was where she wanted to be.
“I just loved everyone I met, from the women on the team to the coaches. I just had a really good feeling after visiting here,” says Dixon.
The feeling was so good, in fact, that Dixon chose to enroll at the UI and join the women’s basketball team without the promise of a scholarship, prepared to bide her time on the practice squad if necessary. Fortunately, she never had to do so. Dixon received word of a scholarship offer during her senior year in high school.
While at Iowa, Melissa was awarded the Kris Rogers Memorial Scholarship in 2012-13. Kris Rogers excelled as a Hawkeye student-athlete in softball and basketball from 1976 to 1982. Rogers, who became a successful local businesswoman after graduating from the UI in 1983, died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 36. Contributions made in her memory by family and friends helped establish the endowed scholarship in her name at the UI Foundation, honoring a legacy that student-athletes like Melissa Dixon are proud to continue.
During the 2013-14 year, Melissa was the recipient of the Douglas D. Schnoebelen Women's Basketball Scholarship. For the 2014-15 academic year, she was recently awarded the Russ and Ann Gerdin Family Women's Basketball Scholarship.
A recreation and sports business major, Dixon had a chance to take her Iowa experience beyond the classroom throughout the summer of 2013 and 2014 with an internship opportunity at the UI Foundation. She was able to see firsthand the impact of private support on student-athletes.
Melissa Dixon has enjoyed plenty of success as a Hawkeye on the court as well as off. Her 2014-15 season is off to a great start and with half her season left, Melissa already has an impressive resume:
- Currently 8th in scoring this season for Big Ten with 15.9 points per game
- Leading the Big Ten in 3-Point Field Goal Percentage with 67 out of 145 (.462)
- Leading the Big Ten in 3-Point Field Goals Made - averaging 3.9 per game
- All-Time Leader at Iowa for Career 3-Point Field Goals Made