University Advancement

The 8th Annual Scholarship Luncheon 

Friday, November 11, 2016
Noon—1:30 p.m.
Cowles Library
Reading Room

The 2015 Scholarship Luncheon was another very special event!

At the Seventh Annual Scholarship Luncheon on November 13, 2015, more than 140 donors, students, faculty, and staff gathered on Drake’s campus to celebrate scholarships, the people who created them and the student scholars.

Richard and Patricia Noyce, who were strong proponents of quality education, were honored at this special event for their establishment of the Richard and Patricia Noyce Scholarships.  Despite never attending Drake, Mr. and Mrs. Noyce became passionate supporters of the University when they moved to Des Moines in 1958, and all three children—as well as a son- and daughter-in-law and grandson—graduated from the University.

Richard and Patricia Noyce are pictured here with two Spike mascots when they served as the 1984 Parents of the Year

Richard passed away in 2008 and Patricia in 2013. Their legacy gift to Drake University created the Richard J. and Patricia A. Noyce National Alumni Scholarship and the Richard J. and Patricia A. Noyce George A. Carpenter Scholarship, ensuring a Drake education for generations of Bulldogs.

The 2015–2016 Noyce Alumni Scholar is first-year Musical Theatre major Jackson Kealy. He performed a number at the luncheon from Broadway’s Mary Poppins. “I picked ‘Anything Can Happen’ because I felt it encapsulated the possibilities that have been opened up to me,” said Kealy. “Drake is my dream school, and it is only possible for me to attend because of the Noyce family’s generous support.

Kevin Maisto, senior Marketing and Management double major, current student body president, and the 2015–2016 Noyce Carpenter Scholar, spoke more directly to the Noyces’ children, ticking off experiences while at Drake that he called life changing: seeing two U.S. presidents, examining policy debates in the nation’s capital, participating in a Model European Union in Brussels, serving on the Student Senate, and landing a seat for the national Democratic presidential debate in Sheslow Auditorium. All, he underscored, made possible by support from the Noyce family.

“Receiving this scholarship has reinforced my perspective of giving back,” said Maisto, who arrived at Drake hoping to make a difference, and who will make his first gift to the University next year in order to help bring similar opportunities to new students.

“When I think of what was important to my parents, I think: family, friends, faith, and community,” said son Jim Noyce, BN’78.  "They believed strongly that the college experience should extend beyond the classroom—that community is a key aspect of a holistic education. They also believed that Drake provided that back in the ‘70s and ‘80s when Ken, BN’80, GR’84, Carol, BN’85, and I attended, and that it continues today.”


To view some moments captured at the luncheon, please visit our online Scholarship Luncheon Flickr gallery at this link: Scholarship Luncheon Flickr


For more information:
Please contact John Smith, Vice President for Alumni and Development, at or 515-271-2500.