Student Impact Grant Recipients

Here are two stories that show the impact Student Impact Grants have on Iowa's students as they experience, learn, and discover important lessons outside the classroom. Our students have shown us that you can't always anticipate when a unique idea is going to arise—or when an idea will inspire action or creation—and support from the Iowa Impact Fund helps in the pursuit of new and exciting ventures.


Ridhi Jani

Class of 2018

In an effort to celebrate and share Indian culture with the University of Iowa community, the Indian Student Alliance (ISA) hosts a series of charitable, cultural, educational, and social events each year. "Spreading diversity and cultural awareness is extremely important to us," says Ridhi Jani, president of the Indian Student Alliance.

Its yearly showcase event, Nachte Raho, is one of the largest Bollywood fusion dance competitions in the Midwest. Eight of the best university dance teams from around the nation come to Iowa and perform at Hancher Auditorium. The Student Impact Grant helped pay for a top-notch venue, Hancher Auditorium, and secure judges for the competition.


Sandra Castillo

Class of 2019

Tackling real-life problems and gaining hands-on experiences is important for future engineers, including Sandra Castillo. Through her work with the University of Iowa chapter of Continental Crossing—which helps communities in developing countries construct footbridges—Sandra was able to spend five weeks in Nicaragua repairing two suspended bridges.

Thanks to the Student Impact Grant, Sandra was able to pay for lodging, meals, medical and health expenses, and equipment for the trip. "Your support made my experience accessible and affordable," says Sandra. "Your generosity is helping change the world and making a difference in the lives of so many students."

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