Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie

Austin, Texas

Henry B. (1949 B.S.C.) and Patricia B. Tippie of Austin, Texas, have built a legacy of transformational philanthropy at the University of Iowa. Their generosity has benefited countless students, faculty, and friends at Iowa for generations. This year the I-Club acknowledged the Tippies with the Hawk of the Year award. This prestigious honor is presented annually to a contributor, or contributors, who has demonstrated exceptional loyalty, enthusiasm, and generosity to University of Iowa athletics—attributes the Tippies have long embodied.

Henry—who made his first gift to the UI in 1953 in the amount of $5—and Patricia are longtime supporters of UI athletics. They have made several gifts to athletics campaigns and recently established scholarship funds designated to help student-athletes achieve their dreams in the classroom. The Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Athletic Scholarships were awarded to four Hawkeye football players—Conor Boffeli, Greg Castillo, Brett Van Sloten, and Martin Hopkins—for the 2013 season.

“We believe in the mission of UI athletics: that today’s Hawkeyes are tomorrow’s leaders,” says Henry Tippie. “My wife and I are honored to support today’s athletic and academic experience for our student-athletes, which we see as an investment in the future.”

University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta counts the Tippies among the Hawkeyes’ most loyal supporters. “We are so thankful for the generous support Henry and Pat have provided to Hawkeye athletics,” says Barta. “The Tippies are enthusiastic fans of all of our Hawkeye teams. They visited with our softball and rowing teams while they were competing in Texas.”

In addition to their visionary support for athletics facilities and student-athlete scholarships, the Tippies have supported the Hawkeyes in the stands for more than 50 years as football season ticket holders. They have been members of the I-Club for more than three decades.

For more information about the Tippie’s or to learn about how you can support Iowa athletics, please visit www.jointheiclub.com

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