James Vandenberg

Class of 2013

Hawkeye starting quarterback James Vandenberg understands and appreciates the power of private scholarship support.

Vandenberg has been a quarterback since the first grade, when he fell in love with the game of football. He has been a Hawkeye fan since he was ten years old, when his parents, Ann and Toby, moved to Keokuk from Washington State.

“Having a scholarship to attend this University is a huge privilege, and something I take very seriously,” said Vandenberg, who is studying integrated physiology at the UI. “It is something I am thankful for every day, because Iowa football and the Falb family (James is the recipient of the Mark Falb Quarterback Scholarship) are giving me a once-in-alifetime opportunity, in both academics and athletics. I am very grateful to them.”

Vandenberg’s appreciation for private support and the important role it plays for so many student-athletes only deepened when he worked as an intern at the UI Foundation in the summer of 2011.

Vandenberg said, “The internship was an awesome job opportunity, and an eyeopening experience. I couldn’t believe how much donors have given to support student-athletes. Not only has it given me a deeper sense of gratitude for the support I’ve received, it has also made me look forward to being a donor some day – and passing it on.”

Executive Director of Development at the UI Foundation, Matt Henderson, said “We’ve had a long line of impressive student-athletes intern with us, and James was no different. He was wonderful with our donors. He has such a genuine appreciation of people and their passion for the Hawks that he draws people in. He truly feels it is an honor to be a Hawkeye, and shows sincere generosity with his time. He is an ideal representative of our student-athletes and I know that Mark (Falb) is very proud of his association with James.”

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