The Meet The Challenge Awards is a collaboration between the Division of Student Life and the Office of the Provost. Students can nominate themselves or be nominated by a University or community member. Each year one winner is selected for recognition in each of the five IOWA Challenge areas. Winners will receive a $500 award sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Life and will be honored during the Hawkeye Leadership and Service Awards.

The purpose of the Meet The Challenge Awards is to recognize undergraduate students who exemplify the values promoted by The IOWA Challenge through their actions within the University of Iowa and surrounding communities. Students who are engaged on campus and in the community often do the work that they do because it is fulfilling to them, not for recognition. The Meet The Challenge Awards help us to recognize and communicate the many ways our students Excel, Stretch, Engage, Choose, and Serve.

In 2017 the Meet the Challenge Awards were renamed for Dr. Tom Rocklin, former Vice President for Student Life at the University of Iowa. Dr. Rocklin served the University of Iowa in various capacities over 30 years – including being a founding member of a collaborative, grassroots effort known as the Student Success Team. The IOWA Challenge is one of the many projects to emerge from his investment and commitment to student success. Nominees and Award Winners of the Meet the Challenge Awards are the legacies of what it means to be a Hawkeye and strongly represent Dr. Rocklin’s advocacy and vision for student success.

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