Kylie Hoobler lived in Gilbert, Arizona, all her life, so when it was time to choose a college, she was eager to see more of the world.
Hoobler followed her father, Dale (91BA), to the University of Iowa, where she is now a junior majoring in human physiology on the pre-medicine track. “The school spirit and the opportunities at my disposal were irresistible,” says Hoobler, who enjoys game days at Kinnick Stadium, serves with her sorority, and works at UI Hospitals & Clinics.
Hoobler’s college experience is supported in part by the Phoenix Iowa Club’s Jason E. Marsh Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of a UI alumnus and dedicated club volunteer who died in 2002 of colon cancer at age 30. Phoenix Iowa Club President Kaitlyn Wright says proceeds from 50-50 raffles and club merchandise sales at Hawkeye game watches enabled the scholarship to be endowed in 2021.
In the past year, three Iowa Clubs—Phoenix, Memphis, and Capital Area—have joined Tampa Bay in endowing their scholarships by raising at least $50,000. The scholarships ensure that out-of-state students like Hoobler have the opportunity to attend Iowa for years to come. “The scholarship has truly meant a lot to me and my family,” says Hoobler. “It means that I’m being supported, and I greatly appreciate the people who have stood in my place before me.”