Alumni and Development

Seventh Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Friday, November 13, 2015

Where:  Drake University - Shivers Basketball Practice Facility
When:   Noon - 1:30pm


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.

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


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.


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.




To view photos from the November 14, 2014 celebration, please visit the Scholarship Luncheon Flickr gallery.

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