Sally Mathis Hartwig Scholarship
Sally Mathis Hartwig grew up on a farm in Dayton, Iowa, before attending the Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines. When she was in high school, she met a young woman with diabetes. She quickly became fascinated with the disease and wanted to learn more about a career in nursing.
In 1965, she moved to Iowa City where she raised her family and earned her master’s degree in nursing administration. Sally worked at both a long-term care facility and the VA hospital before enjoying a long career with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. During her tenure, she served as director of nursing and patient care services and associate hospital director. Shortly after her retirement she received the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement from the UI College of Nursing.
“When I was in the director’s position, we never had quite enough money to have extra education for the nurses who so desperately needed it,” said Sally. “I vowed that if ever I did anything, I wanted to be able to provide support to those nurses who were following me, so they could really be the best practitioners, educators, and researchers possible.”
Sally has maintained a strong connection to the hospital and the College of Nursing since her retirement—through volunteer work and by contributing to both areas through the UI Foundation. In June of 2015, she was nominated by Dean Frantz for the University of Iowa Alumni Distinguished Faculty and Staff Achievement Award.
Sally recalls “starting small” with her donations to the UI and learning that a little goes a long way.
“When someone talked to me about the possibility of establishing a scholarship, the possibility just seemed far beyond my ability,” said Sally. “But when you break it down, and you give so much per year, it’s entirely achievable. I often feel like I am the beneficiary, not someone else. I get such satisfaction by helping in this way. I feel strongly that without private support there would be many things lacking.”
Sally has lived in Iowa City for more than 45 years and has developed a deep love for the campus and community.
“I feel like this is the most wonderful place in the state of Iowa. I really, really enjoy Iowa City. The performing arts, the athletics, the visual arts… where else could I find what I can find here?”
An active volunteer in a number of community organizations and a devoted grandmother, Sally continues to fill most of her time with giving back to others.
“I have had a lot of mentors along the way that were very helpful to me,” said Sally. “If there is any way I can do that for someone else, that’s a wonderful thing.”
Congratulations on receiving the Sally Mathis Hartwig Scholarship