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Paying it Forward: UNIBusiness alum gives students opportunities

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Jeff Scudder has felt indebted to the University of Northern Iowa since graduation.

Scudder, now a partner in Phoenix, Arizona, at the firm Snell & Wilmer, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2003 with a double major in economics and finance. His undergrad experience, which was fully funded from a Presidential Scholarship, fueled his desire for more schooling, leading to his successful career.

More than a decade and a promotion to partner later, Scudder gives back to UNI to help students find success in similar fashion.

“One might say I feel a sense of obligation,” Scudder said. “Giving back has been very enjoyable to me because I get to help other people have the experiences I had.”

Before he chose UNI, Scudder, a Clear Lake native, visited all three state schools. He liked them all, but UNI had a special intimate campus feel. It was small enough to avoid all the hustle and bustle, but it was big enough to give students valuable resources to succeed.

As an undergrad, Scudder was involved in many different organizations within the College of Business Administration and beyond. He wrote for the Northern Iowan student newspaper while an underclassmen and joined the school’s student government his junior year.

He eventually went on to study law at the University of Iowa and moved to Phoenix to work for Snell & Wilmer, where he had interned after his second year of law school. Scudder primarily works with corporate securities and business transactions. He deals with a lot of mergers, acquisitions and other complex business transactions.

A lot of Scudder’s success came from how he maximized his time at UNI, and it may not have been possible without his scholarship. He said the scholarship took a big weight off his shoulders.

“That was one of the reasons I went to UNI,” Scudder said. “It certainly made my experience better and certainly relieved some of the pressure to work jobs outside of the academic experience. A lot of things that I was doing, some of them came attached with a little bit of compensation, but for the most part, I was doing all of those things because I wanted to do them and they were interesting to me, not because I had to earn money.”

Now Scudder is helping current students get the same chance.

He continues to donate money to a variety of funds at UNI and the College of Business Administration, but in the last few years, he started an endowed scholarship. The Jeff Scudder Economics Scholarship is given to a senior in economics who displays leadership and a strong work ethic. 

“It’s kind of cool to know that there is someone benefiting from those dollars every year,” Scudder said. “And to get a letter to see what they’re doing with their school experience takes me back to when I was in that position, and it’s kind of a neat experience for an alumni to feel that with a current student.”

Scudder is a part of the UNIBusiness Executive Advisory Board, which gives him an opportunity to come back to campus a few times a year. He also served as an Alumni in Residence for economics in April 2012. The Alumni in Residence program brings successful alumni back to campus to sit in on classes and speak to students.

“I feel a deep sense of gratitude for having had that experience and good fortune,” Scudder said. “So I think from the very beginning and certainly since I left, I felt indebted to the school and a real desire to give back — pay it forward. And hopefully provide similar opportunities for other people in the future.”

Posted on 24-Apr-18


  






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Paying it Forward: UNIBusiness alum gives students opportunities

Jeff-Scudder-Inline.jpg

Jeff Scudder has felt indebted to the University of Northern Iowa since graduation.

Scudder, now a partner in Phoenix, Arizona, at the firm Snell & Wilmer, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2003 with a double major in economics and finance. His undergrad experience, which was fully funded from a Presidential Scholarship, fueled his desire for more schooling, leading to his successful career.

More than a decade and a promotion to partner later, Scudder gives back to UNI to help students find success in similar fashion.

“One might say I feel a sense of obligation,” Scudder said. “Giving back has been very enjoyable to me because I get to help other people have the experiences I had.”

Before he chose UNI, Scudder, a Clear Lake native, visited all three state schools. He liked them all, but UNI had a special intimate campus feel. It was small enough to avoid all the hustle and bustle, but it was big enough to give students valuable resources to succeed.

As an undergrad, Scudder was involved in many different organizations within the College of Business Administration and beyond. He wrote for the Northern Iowan student newspaper while an underclassmen and joined the school’s student government his junior year.

He eventually went on to study law at the University of Iowa and moved to Phoenix to work for Snell & Wilmer, where he had interned after his second year of law school. Scudder primarily works with corporate securities and business transactions. He deals with a lot of mergers, acquisitions and other complex business transactions.

A lot of Scudder’s success came from how he maximized his time at UNI, and it may not have been possible without his scholarship. He said the scholarship took a big weight off his shoulders.

“That was one of the reasons I went to UNI,” Scudder said. “It certainly made my experience better and certainly relieved some of the pressure to work jobs outside of the academic experience. A lot of things that I was doing, some of them came attached with a little bit of compensation, but for the most part, I was doing all of those things because I wanted to do them and they were interesting to me, not because I had to earn money.”

Now Scudder is helping current students get the same chance.

He continues to donate money to a variety of funds at UNI and the College of Business Administration, but in the last few years, he started an endowed scholarship. The Jeff Scudder Economics Scholarship is given to a senior in economics who displays leadership and a strong work ethic. 

“It’s kind of cool to know that there is someone benefiting from those dollars every year,” Scudder said. “And to get a letter to see what they’re doing with their school experience takes me back to when I was in that position, and it’s kind of a neat experience for an alumni to feel that with a current student.”

Scudder is a part of the UNIBusiness Executive Advisory Board, which gives him an opportunity to come back to campus a few times a year. He also served as an Alumni in Residence for economics in April 2012. The Alumni in Residence program brings successful alumni back to campus to sit in on classes and speak to students.

“I feel a deep sense of gratitude for having had that experience and good fortune,” Scudder said. “So I think from the very beginning and certainly since I left, I felt indebted to the school and a real desire to give back — pay it forward. And hopefully provide similar opportunities for other people in the future.”

Posted on 24-Apr-18







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