Loras College President Jim Collins
('84) announced today the receipt of a $750,000 stock contribution from Dubuque residents Arnie
('62) and Joyce Honkamp
The gift will be used to establish an endowed scholarship to memorialize and honor their beloved daughter, Heidi Anne Honkamp-Myhre, who died on July 24, 1997 after a brave battle with cancer. During her life, Heidi Anne showed a talent, appreciation, and deep love for the fine arts.
According to her mother Joyce, “Heidi Anne had a passion for the fine arts. There is no better way to honor her love for the arts and to ensure her legacy than to provide students who share the same passion with access to an outstanding faith-based academic institution like Loras College.”
This generous scholarship donation will be used to assist students in pursuing their education at the College. Beneficiaries of the scholarship will be students involved with courses and programs provided by the College’s Communication and Fine Arts Division. Preference will be given to Wahlert Catholic High School graduates who demonstrate financial need.
Heidi’s father, Arnie, a 1962 Loras graduate, stated, “I am forever grateful to Loras College for providing me an excellent Catholic education that led to lifelong professional and personal satisfaction. In particular, I’m indebted to my accounting professor, Mr. Bob Pommerich, for his strong career preparation in accounting and his encouragement to pursue public accounting. My gratitude to Loras and love for our deceased daughter makes our family proud to donate this scholarship in Heidi’s name so that deserving Loras students can pursue the same passion for the arts exemplified by our daughter.”
President Collins indicated that “these scholarships will only aid the rapid growth and quality of the Loras communication and fine arts programs. Despite their reluctance, I asked Arnie and Joyce to let us announce their generosity publicly. First, I wanted to make sure the entire Loras community adequately expressed our deep appreciation to them. Second, I wanted to encourage all those who care for the arts, desire to honor Heidi’s legacy or wish to support Loras to follow the Honkamp’s selflessness to contribute to this scholarship or another deserving program at the college.”
Heidi Anne Honkamp-Myhre Memorial Scholarships will be awarded annually in amounts ranging from $1,000 - $5,000 beginning in Fall 2013.