For some students, like Kyle DeBoer ’11, the named scholarship is instrumental in financing his education. “This scholarship helps me out tons with the rising costs,” says DeBoer, a Business Management and Health Care Administration major originally from Hampton, Iowa. “This [scholarship], along with athletic and other scholarships has made it affordable for me to attend Mount Mercy. I would still be able to afford without their help, but this would have put me in further debt upon graduation so their help is greatly appreciated."
“It helps knowing that people in the community are helping Mount Mercy students, and I hope that I can return the favor to students in the future,” says DeBoer.
DeBoer is one of five Mount Mercy students who have benefited from the Golobics’ named scholarships during the 2009-10 academic year. As a result of the scholarship assistance, most — if not all — students feel compelled to send their benefactors a note of thanks. “The thank you notes make us feel good and more importantly they help us to get acquainted with the students,” says Tony, chairman and chief executive officer of GreatAmerica Leasing, the company he purchased in 1992 and runs with his wife, Magda.
Tony and Magda, a member of the Board of Trustees since November 2004, have been staunch supporters of Mount Mercy since they moved to Cedar Rapids in 1987. Initially, they began contributing to the named scholarship fund because they recognized that many GreatAmerica employees were also Mount Mercy alumni. Mount Mercy “performs an important role in the community,” says Tony. “It offers a quality education for students who plan to stay in Cedar Rapids and Linn County, and we are very pleased with the type of students that Mount Mercy attracts. Mount Mercy and its students are worthy of that support.” The named scholarships funded by the Golobics are earmarked for students pursuing a business major, who carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and have a strong desire to stay in Iowa upon graduation.
Tony Golobic (pictured with wife, Magda)
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