Bernice Weede Havlicek and Frank J. Havlicek Scholarship
When Bernice “Bunny” M. Weede Havlicek (1940, G.N.) and Frank J. Havlicek (1948, B.S.P.E.) met at party in 1943, it was love at first sight for the handsome Air Force lieutenant and the young University of Iowa nurse. They never imagined their chance encounter would lead to years of marriage and a beautiful daughter, Jane. They especially never expected their love for each other and the University of Iowa would one day make a difference in the lives of countless UI students.
When Frank died in 2003, at age 85, Jane Roth—the couple’s only child—established the Bernice Weede Havlicek and Frank J. Havlicek Scholarship in tribute to her parents and their longstanding love for the UI.
“I didn’t graduate from the UI, but my Iowa roots remain strong,” said Roth. “The university is the core of those roots; it gives young people the chance to reach their dreams.”
Like many other Hawkeyes, Iowa helped position Bernice and Frank for success. Bernice achieved her childhood dream of becoming a UI nurse, and Frank held many distinguished positions within Iowa athletics, including UI instructor in physical education, an assistant UI swim coach, and business manager for the department.
“Education was important to both of my parents,” said Roth. “There are quiet ways to help people, and we just would like to give others the chance to succeed. There is such a critical shortage of nurses right now, and we want to make a difference with our gift.”
The Bernice Weede Havlicek and Frank J. Havlicek Scholarship supports one or more annual scholarship to deserving students in the College of Nursing.
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