Megan Schipper

Class of 2010, Health and Sports Studies

Iowa volleyball player Megan Schipper is surrounded by support— from The University of Iowa, its fans, her family, and the donors who support Hawkeye athletics.

Schipper chose the UI partly because of its close proximity to her hometown of Aplington, Iowa, where her team won the 2A state volleyball title during her senior year at Aplington-Parkersburg High School. The support of her family at her matches had always been important to Schipper, and she wanted them to able to cheer her on as a college player.

Schipper also knew that at Iowa, she would be valued not only as an athlete, but as a student and an individual. “They care about who you are,” she says. “The athletic department supports us and knows we are more than just athletes.”

Thanks to the generosity of Hawkeye fans, Schipper ended up with support she did not expect. Originally a walk-on, she was awarded a scholarship her freshman year, and she has since benefited from scholarships during her entire career at Iowa. Being a scholarship recipient makes her feel special, and she feels that she could never be able to thank the donors as much as they deserve.

“Having the opportunity to be honored with a scholarship heightens athletes’ experiences at the UI that much more,” Schipper says. “So many people have given back, and I am thankful for what they do.” She appreciates the fans’ emotional support and loyalty as much as their financial gifts—she has seen an increase in attendance at UI volleyball matches since she first began her career as an outside hitter for the black and gold.

A health promotion major, Schipper plans to go to graduate school for exercise science after she graduates in May 2010. She hopes to work with athletes in strength and conditioning and someday go into coaching. “I’ve taken so many great classes at Iowa and have been able to expand my knowledge,” she says. “I’ve had great opportunities to find out what I want to do after my volleyball career.”

Because she has received support during her college career, Schipper hopes to one day return the favor. “The UI has given me a lot,” she says. “I owe them what I can give back later in life.”

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