Brett Van Sloten

Class of 2014

Emerging from the Kinnick Stadium tunnel and swarming the field with teammates in front of 70,000 Hawkeye faithful was something Brett Van Sloten knew he wanted to do in college. Now a junior, the Hawkeye offensive lineman is thankful to have the opportunity to do that, and more, at the University of Iowa.

“The coaches and players, the rich traditions, and the business school–my time at Iowa has been a great experience so far,” he says.

While football and the academic reputation of Iowa were draws for Brett, he also counts private support among the reasons he chose to don the black and gold.

“I was looking at other schools, but Iowa offered me a scholarship,” Brett says. And that made all the difference for him.

Brett has received support from the Al Grady Memorial Football Scholarship and the Arthur E. Stanley Football Scholarship Fund, and that support has given him what he calls “the opportunity of a lifetime” to play football at Iowa. But football is not all he has been thankful for in his time so far on campus.

The Decorah, Iowa, native and business management major has had rich experiences beyond the field of play as well. Throughout the summer of 2012, he took his business education beyond the classroom through an internship opportunity at the UI Foundation. Among the many benefits of the experience, his time at the foundation deepened his appreciation for the impact of private support on student-athletes.

“It takes a lot of support to run a successful football program,” he says. “The scholarships at Iowa are so important, and the facilities are great. And because of donors, guys like me get a chance to play here.”

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