Alumni and Development

Celebration of Scholarships

November 14, 2014

Looking across the white-clothed tables at the sixth annual Scholarship Luncheon in the Cowles Library Reading Room, there were students and alumni with diverse stories to tell. But they were united by a common passion for education—and for their alma mater.

Attendees heard from Larry Fish, JO'66, the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Citizens Financial Group.

"I was a uniquely underachieving high school student," recalled Fish. "I applied to eight schools and was accepted only at Drake University. I maintained a 3.1, 3.2 grade-point average, became editor of the Times-Delphic, and really dived in—which helped with my application for graduate studies. I was ready to do the work at Harvard because of the things I learned at Drake."

During the Drake University Scholarship Luncheon, Larry Fish and his wife, Atsuko—generous philanthropists who support two scholarships at Drake—were honored with a proclamation for their exemplary leadership and commitment to the University.  

Scholarship recipients Daniel Creese, a sophomore Finance and Economics major from Boston (Lawrence K. Fish Scholar and Robert & Lottie Brown Scholar); and Damion Miller, a junior Education and Sociology major from Boston (Lawrence K. Fish Scholar); discussed how their scholarships brought hope, freedom, and opportunity to previously unattainable dreams.

Scholarship donor Larry Fish (center) spends time with scholarship recipients Daniel Creese (left) and Damion Miller (right). 

For a glimpse at photos from the November 14, 2014 celebration, please visit the Scholarship Luncheon Flickr gallery.

2015 Annual Scholarship Luncheon
Date/Time/Location To Be Announced This Summer
Drake University Campus


At every luncheon, numerous scholarships are celebrated—both the people who created them and the students who receive them. Scholarship donors make an incredible difference in the lives of Drake students to help them get their start in the world.

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