"We wanted to give something back that would be especially meaningful to them."

Iowa City, Iowa

For years Edna and Earl Yoder of Iowa City have been like family to Hawkeye football players.

“My parents have been mentors and friends for hundreds of Hawkeye football players,” says the Yoders’ daughter, Jeanne Auen (1992 M.A.) of Drakesville, Iowa. “My mom and dad still get Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards from players from long ago.”

Because of the Yoders’ warm personal connection to Iowa football—and the many other ways that Earl and Edna have shown their loyalty and dedication to The University of Iowa—their family created the Edna and Earl Yoder Football Scholarship in their honor.

Jeanne and her husband, Stephen Auen (1978 B.A., 1982 M.A., 1990 Ph.D.), joined with another of the Yoders’ daughters, Barbara King of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and her husband, Randall, to pay tribute to the Yoders’ generosity of spirit, time, and financial resources.

“My parents have always done so much for the UI and so much for us,” Jeanne explained. “We wanted to give something back that would be especially meaningful to them.”

Earl is the president of Iowa City Ready Mix and Earl Yoder Construction company. He has a long history of civic involvement, including at the UI. Among other accomplishments, he was co-chair of the Hawkeye Horizons Campaign in the early 1990s, is a Lifetime Honorary Director of the UI Foundation, and is a charter member of the Kinnick Society. He was named Hawk of the Year in 1985 and received the Distinguished Friend of the University Award from the UI Alumni Association in 1997.

The Hawkeyes have always been close to the Yoders’ hearts. And now, thanks to their family’s thoughtfulness, their name will be forever linked to athletic excellence at Iowa.