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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

Jan. 10, 2006

Iowa City Man Gives $1 Million In Scholarships For Eight UI Sports

University of Iowa graduate Donald W. Heineking of Iowa City has given $1 million to the UI Foundation to establish endowed scholarships for UI student-athletes in eight sports. Heineking created the Donald W. and Marilyn Heineking Scholarships in memory of his wife, Marilyn, who died in 2004.

The gift establishes endowed scholarships for Iowa Hawkeye student-athletes on the UI football, women's basketball, wrestling, softball, baseball, volleyball and men's cross country teams, as well as one for a student manager on the men's basketball squad. No scholarship gift has touched more individual sports at the UI, and the volleyball and cross country scholarships are the first for those teams.

UI Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Robert A. Bowlsby said the gift is unique in its scope and offers crucial stability to the entire athletics program. He pointed out that when the UI athletics department offers full scholarships to student-athletes, the tuition and other associated costs such as room and board, books and fees are paid in full by the department to the UI.

"Scholarships are by far the single largest expense the department incurs, and the costs increase annually," Bowlsby said. "So to have these scholarships endowed is an extraordinary asset. Don Heineking has given to generations of UI student-athletes, men and women in a wide variety of programs, the opportunity to earn a UI education and compete for the Hawkeyes. We couldn't be more grateful for his generosity."

Larry Wieczorek, head coach of the men's cross country and track and field teams, echoed Bowlsby's gratitude.

"Don Heineking's gift will inspire many future runners on our team," Wieczorek said. "His gift is a wonderful vote of confidence in our program and Olympic sports at Iowa."

Heineking, who graduated from the UI in 1958 with a B.S.C. degree in commerce and science, said he was motivated to establish the scholarships by his respect for the UI athletics program and the student-athletes who participate in it.

"Everyone involved with UI athletics does a great job," Heineking said. "The student-athletes are some of the finest young people I've ever met. They're polite, articulate and energetic, and reflect the values and integrity of the Hawkeye athletics program. It takes a lot of discipline for any student to get through college in good standing, and for student-athletes to do so with the demands placed on them is remarkable. I'm very pleased to help them and the Iowa athletics program."

Heineking is a native of rural Latimer, Iowa. He and Marilyn Sorensen, also of Latimer, married in 1957, while he was a UI student. After graduating from the UI, Heineking served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps and also served in the Army Reserve, retiring as a captain. At the age of 26, in 1962, he purchased a controlling interest in Security State Bank in Hubbard, Iowa, of which he still serves as chairman of the board of directors. Marilyn Heineking worked as a teacher and a homemaker. Together, they raised three children: Kristin Barrash of Iowa City, Lisa Heineking of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Mark Heineking of Iowa City. The Heinekings moved in 1998 from Hubbard to Iowa City, where Marilyn Heineking died after a lengthy illness in February 2004.

The Heinekings were active volunteers and major contributors for many community initiatives in Hubbard, including the Hubbard Nursing Home and the Hubbard Community Fund. Donald Heineking was town treasurer of Hubbard, and he has been a leader in statewide banking associations, in addition to serving on the board of directors of the Johnson County I-Club, National I-Club and Iowa Scholarship Fund.

The Heineking gift was part of the UI's $1 billion comprehensive campaign, which ended Dec. 31, 2005, and was conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation.  Named "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University," the seven-year effort raised private funds for a variety of initiatives across the university, including UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, new educational and research facilities, and outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" campaign, visit its web site at

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACT: Andy Piro, senior director of development, Intercollegiate Athletics;; Writer: Nic Arp.

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