"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams
Scholarship Donor Encourages Students to Stay Connected
Phyllis Tinker '93 has some advice for students at the University of Northern Iowa:
"Get involved—the UNI experience is about so much more than classes," says Phyllis. "Take an active role in student organizations. It is a great way to meet friends and develop leadership and communication skills. Take advantage of the resources the university has to offer. Whether it is going to an athletic event or an event at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, make some time in your schedule to enjoy these activities while they are so readily available."
Phyllis follows her own advice. She has stayed connected and involved since she graduated. Phyllis, a corporate controller at Lauridsen Group, spoke to students at the annual Alumni in Residence program in April. She was one of 18 alumni who returned to campus to share their life experiences with our students. She has also started the Phyllis M. Tinker Accounting Scholarship with annual gifts, which she plans to endow through an estate gift.
"I had a great experience at UNI, and my time there contributed to shaping who I am today," says Phyllis. "I wanted to do something to give back to the university. Designating the UNI Foundation as the beneficiary of my 401(k) was the best way to provide the most resources to the university, as no taxes will need to be paid on the funds when they are distributed.
"I am hopeful the scholarship funds will help to relieve stress on a few students in the future. Maybe it means that they won't need to work as many hours at an outside job that semester or will have less student debt when they graduate. I received scholarships when I was in school, and I greatly appreciated the help that it provided to finance my education."
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