Where Does the Volunteer Services Money Go?

Music Therapy small instruments photo
Music Therapy received funding for small musical instruments to help decrease stress, improve coping, and help normalize patient stays.

Proceeds from Volunteer Services-sponsored businesses such as Wild Rose Gifts, Kaleidoscope Gift Shop, Fourth Floor Salon, and the Rooftop Cafe fund in-house programs and projects benefiting our patients and their families. Do you have an idea to improve the patient and family experience here but need funds to make it happen? You can request money from Volunteer Services by submitting a Request for Funds application! Applications are accepted annually between September 15-November 1.

The Volunteer Services Contributions & Donations Committee may agree to review off-cycle applications if:

To request an off-cycle review or if you have any questions, email a brief overview of your project to Jillna Claus at jillna-claus@uiowa.edu.


Items recently funded by Volunteer Services:

Ultrasound probe with a smaller footprint for Vascular Access to help gain access more easily, especially with smaller patients
Pediatric Vascular Access received funding for an ultrasound probe with a smaller footprint to gain access more easily during vascular access procedures, especially in smaller patients.


Volunteer Services sponsors several scholarship programs:

Graduating Senior Volunteer Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors who have been accepted by an accredited college or university and have volunteered a minimum of 100 hours with us are eligible for scholarships at a minimum of $500. These scholarships are funded by earnings from the Wild Rose Gifts, Fourth Floor Salon, Rooftop Café, and food carts.

Guy L. Harris Memorial Scholarship

The graduating high school senior who accumulates the most hours of volunteer service at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics also receives the Guy L. Harris Memorial scholarship, in the amount of an additional $250. The special scholarship is made possible from contributions made in memory of lifetime volunteer Guy Harris.

Andrew W. Burchett College Student Leader Award

Any member of the College Student Leader Board with senior status who has contributed 150 volunteer hours with our program is eligible for this $500 scholarship named after our first Student Leader Board chairperson.

Members of the College Student Leader Board recruit, orient, and schedule student volunteers at UI Hospitals & Clinics. Students are honored for their outstanding leadership and service through these scholarships funded by earnings from the Wild Rose Gifts, Fourth Floor Salon, and Rooftop Café and carts, all providing services to patients, visitors and staff at UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Norma Adams Scholarship

Norma Adams, RN, was the director of Volunteer Services from 1973 until her death in 1981. The scholarship was established in 1981 to memorialize and honor her unique contributions by assisting and encouraging University of Iowa students in health care fields.