The Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award was established in 2015 to honor distinguished members of the armed forces who have demonstrated exceptional service to both the United States and their communities. Five veterans including one current University of Iowa student are selected annually for the award.
Recipients of the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award have demonstrated these upstanding qualities.
- A strong University of Iowa connection
- Honorable service to our country
- Military accomplishment or contributions
- Service to the community
2017 award recipients
- Hospital Corpsman Willard "Sandy" L. Boyd, U.S. Navy
- Specialist 4 David Drake, U.S. Army
- Capt. Hayden Fry, U.S. Marine Corps
- Ensign Nile Clarke Kinnick, Jr., U.S. Navy
- Capt. Luther Smith, U.S. Army Air Corps
- Capt.. Jeremy Williams, U.S. Army Reserves
2016 award recipients
- Staff Sgt. Henry B. Tippie, U.S. Army Air Force
- Lt. Commander Dr. James Van Allen, U.S. Navy
- Staff Sgt. Robert Miller, U.S. Army
- Cpl. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., U.S. Army
- SFC Curtis K. Lane, U.S. Army
2015 award recipients
- The late Col. (retired) Brooks Booker, U.S. Air Force
- Gen. (retired) James Cartwright, U.S. Marine Corps
- Staff Sgt. Mike Considine, U.S. Air National Guard
- Maj. Gen. (retired) Kenneth Leuer, U.S. Army
- Lt. (retired) Ernie Pascarella, U.S. Marine Corps
Award nomination process
If you believe someone you know, living or deceased, deserves to be nominated for this award, please fill out the following form. Nominees can be submitted through August 15. The five inductees will then be chosen by a committee consisting of veterans of the Iowa City community. Inductees or their families will be notified of their induction by September 1.
An induction ceremony and program will occur on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Iowa Memorial Union.
Award Nomination Process
If you believe someone you know, living or deceased, deserves to be nominated for this award, please fill out the following form.