"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."

Abigail Adams

Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Student Community Engagement


Robert D. Koob, UNI's eighth president retired in 2006. He was a leader in the Cedar Valley community as well as at the university. He served numerous local organizations. He continually encouraged Cedar Valley organizations and individuals to listen to one another and work together for the betterment of their community.

One of Bob's and Yvonne's most significant accomplishments was to foster collaboration between UNI and organizations in the in the Cedar Valley. He emphasized that the university not only has a responsibility to serve its home community, but also that the community can provide students and faculty rich resources for learning.



The Fund Provides:

  • Awards for interns in positions of service in Iowa
  • Financial support ranging from $1,000 - $3,000
  • Undergraduate and graduate students in any academic discipline at UNI

    About the Internships

    Applications are submitted jointly by a student and the host organization. Internship applications will be selected for their potential to benefit the student, the sponsoring organization and the community.

    Guidelines: Internships may serve throughout Iowa at non-profit organizations, city, county, state federal government agencies or UNI outreach programs.

To contribute to the fund, click here. Please type Koob Fund in the box marked "Other." Thank you for supporting this university-community partnership.

Revised: 12/11/2013