The Hixson Opportunity Awards program is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year! Since the program's beginning in 1995, 100 scholarships have been awarded annually to Iowa State University students, with one recipient coming from each county in Iowa and two recipients from Polk County, and there are currently over 1,650 Hixson alumni! This program was established thanks to the generosity of Christina Hixson, who believes that "extraordinary things are done by ordinary people, given the chance."
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the program, continue to provide Hixson Scholars with these life changing experiences, and to thank Christina Hixson for her years of inspiring and advancing students, we are asking alumni, friends, and supporters to make a gift! Your generosity will help us continue to support these students and the Hixson Opportunity Awards.
The Hixson Opportunity Awards provides unique and transformative experiences for its scholars, including:
- Courses and seminars offered only to Hixson scholars
- Tutoring and mentoring services, including the peer mentor program
- Student recognition events
- Career exploration and networking opportunities
- Access to events at Stephens Auditorium
Most importantly, the Hixson Opportunity Awards provide students with a sense of community, helps them learn and grow throughout their time at Iowa State University and beyond! Take it from our alums!:
"The Hixson Opportunity Award program allowed me to be a part of a supportive community within Iowa State. It was an invaluable resource for me whenever I had questions during (and after) my studies."
"Without the Hixson Opportunity Award, I would not have been able to attend Iowa State and attending Iowa State literally changed by life. I made many great lifelong friends through the Hixson program and felt like the Hixson program gave us a lot of support and resources to succeed, as well as leadership opportunities to give back."
"The Hixson Opportunity Award influenced my life in so many ways...I was supported through the highs and lows of my college career and I made amazing friends. Most importantly, I grew as a leader."
Thank you for helping us celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hixson Opportunity Awards and supporting Hixson Scholars. Your gift will make the difference for our students!