John Deere does more than just build big green tractors in the Cedar Valley. The company also generously supports the University of Northern Iowa.
Since making its first gift to UNI in 1971, John Deere has contributed over $4.2 million to support scholarships, faculty, programs, and conferences.
John Deere’s support goes beyond dollars, as the company also provides internship opportunities for current UNI students and access to its facilities for educational purposes.
“It is an honor to have such a well-respected and known company in the Cedar Valley support the University of Northern Iowa,” said Jessica Dubois, a UNI senior from Dunkerton, Iowa, who received the John Deere Employee Scholarship. “So many students at UNI strive to work for John Deere as a student or full-time employee when they graduate, so knowing we already have the support from John Deere is very much appreciated.”
“I believe John Deere plays a critical part in UNI,” added Louw Van Wyk, a junior from Windhoek, Namibia, who received the John Deere Electrical Engineering Scholarship. “Not only do they very generously provide scholarships, but many students have part-time jobs and internships that allow them some real-world experience. Without John Deere and their assistance, I think UNI would have a much harder time maintaining the Department of Technology.”
The support of John Deere allows recipients to focus on their education, become more active in student organizations and give back to the university.
“With the scholarship from John Deere, I have become more involved on campus, and I have a greater desire to make a difference at the University of Northern Iowa and in my daily life,” said UNI senior Laura Thomsen, a Bettendorf, Iowa, native who received the John Deere Graphic Technology Scholarship.
“Receiving a scholarship from John Deere allowed me to focus on my academic career at UNI,” said Adam Bormann, a 2009 graduate. “Because of this scholarship, my focus was on doing my best work as a student.”
“It was and is an honor to have been a recipient of a scholarship from John Deere,” claimed Erica Hill, a 2013 UNI graduate. “Being recognized for my goals and achievements motivated me to pursue even higher goals throughout my experience at the University of Northern Iowa. Not only was I recognized by the scholarship committee but my peers, professors, friends, family, and employer also became aware of my achievements and aspirations.”
John Deere’s involvement continues long after students leave campus, as the company’s support aids individuals in their professional careers.
“John Deere’s support doesn’t go unnoticed and it contributes greatly to the success of young professionals in the competitive job market,” said Phil Wulfekuhle, a UNI junior from Manchester, Iowa, who received the John Deere Electrical Engineering Scholarship.
Hill added, “The support John Deere provides for the University of Northern Iowa creates opportunities for talented students and potential future employees. Receiving a scholarship from John Deere offered more of an opportunity to find full-time employment.”
“I feel that it was a significant attribute on my resume,” said Matthew Thompson, a 2009 graduate. “When I was first looking around for job, having this on my resume was always a strong talking point and further solidified the type of professional that I was trying to reveal in myself.”
In addition to being recognized by members of the UNI community, the support of John Deere has also been admired by other companies interested in becoming involved on campus.
"John Deere’s presence on campus is contagious,” said Joe Noonan, a UNI senior from Cascade, Iowa. “I've been president of the Supply Chain Management Association for over two years, so I have seen other organizations and companies who see what John Deere does for our students and want to develop a program to similar to it. Whether it is through financial contributions, or using their resources and their network to be available and present on campus, I hope John Deere continues what they are doing and doesn’t pull back.”
John Deere support has made a difference for former and current students at the University of Northern Iowa. Interested in making your own impact at UNI? Visit www.uni-foundation.org/corporate-relations to discover how you can better the university.