Making a Difference for NIACC Students
Having positive relationships with generous donors is an essential part of helping students at North Iowa Area Community College. When members of our community make financial contributions, it directly benefits our students.
One example of this kindness is the financial gifts from Dr. and Mrs. John B. Dixon of Mason City.
Dr. Dixon, a retired ophthalmologist who practiced for 50 years in Mason City, has donated appreciated securities totaling more than $202,000 to NIACC for scholarships. This donation will be added to an endowment created in 2000 by Dr. Dixon and his late wife, Mary Jane, who was a social worker for several nursing homes in Mason City.
Dr. Dixon recently shared his thoughts on supporting scholarships for NIACC students.
"I'm not a millionaire or anything, but I thought if I did this, perhaps it would encourage others to do the same," he said during a recent visit in his home. "I'm 92. I'm not going to live forever. Many people make important decisions on their death-beds. I would rather do something now that helps students today."
Over the years, Dr. and Mrs. Dixon have led by example through their many contributions to North Iowa Area Community College.
"We are grateful for the legacy they are leaving in North Iowa," says Director of the NIACC Foundation Jamie T. Zanios. "This gift will provide scholarships next year for another 10 to 20 students. Thanks to the Dixons' generosity, scholarships will be provided to deserving NIACC students for years to come," Zanios said.
Dr. Dixon and his wife always wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to them over the years. "NIACC plays an extremely important role in the fabric, life and economics of North Iowa. It is important for those of us who have benefited from the opportunities offered here to give back to our community. I feel a gift to NIACC, through the NIACC Foundation, is the best way to ensure that future generations will have access to the many opportunities provided to me and my family," Dr. Dixon says.
Many NIACC students have received scholarships thanks to the Dixons.
Abby Nolte, a graduate of Hampton-Dumont High School, is a business major at NIACC. "I am so thankful for the Dixons' scholarship," she said. "Having the scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies more and not worry about how to pay for my classes," she says. "My sincere thanks go to Dr. Dixon. He has really helped me achieve my goals."
Nolte believes it's important to provide scholarships to students. "An education is something that can never be taken away from you, and scholarships give that opportunity to those who might not otherwise get a chance at a college education," she says.
Nolte has some advice for anyone who is considering being a scholarship donor. "I would tell them that donating is one of the best things they can do because they are investing in our future."
Nolte plans to transfer to Iowa State University and major in business management with a minor in entrepreneurship. She plans to own her own women's accessories store in the future.
"It makes me feel wonderful to help the students," Dixon says. "I'm glad I can help."
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