The award recognizes a family that has substantially benefited from and continues to advocate for the University of Iowa throughout multiple generations.
The nomination process opens on May 1 and closes Friday, July 26, 2019.
The winning family will receive the ultimate University of Iowa experience during Family Weekend, November 15–16, 2019, including 20 tickets to the Iowa vs. Minnesota football game and recognition during the game.
This is a terrific opportunity to recognize those who have made a significant impact on the University of Iowa or to celebrate a true Hawkeye family with a lasting connection to our university.

Nominees should demonstrate:
  • A connection (e.g. student, alumni, ticket holders, supporters) to the University of Iowa for three or more generations as a family unit.
  • Service or support of the University of Iowa throughout the years (e.g. leadership roles, volunteer roles, event participation, I-Club, or Iowa Club member)
  • Personal or professional contributions toward bettering the state of Iowa and/or the Iowa City area community
Nominators are asked to submit name and contact information for the nominees, any relevant UI affiliations, and a "family story" (up to 500 words) to depict how this family has benefited from or continues to advocate for the University of Iowa. Please submit your nomination by Friday, July 26, 2019.
Note: Nominations are active for three years, so any nominations submitted in 2019 will be considered for the 2020 nomination process.
Questions? Please contact Kate Sojka at or 319-467-3884.
2018 Family Spirit Award Winners:
  • The Bob and Ann Osterhaus Family
    Maquoketa, Iowa
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