Spartan Nation Surprises The Bullocks with $25,000 Endowed Scholarship

Oct 20, 2017 | University Relations staff

Presidential Scholarship

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Spartan Nation surprised University of Dubuque President Jeffrey F. Bullock and his wife, Dana, with a $25,000 endowed scholarship in their name on Saturday, Oct. 21, during the Alumni Recognition Brunch in Heritage Center as part of this year’s Homecoming festivities. The Bullocks will determine the criteria for the scholarship.

The Jeffrey and Dana Bullock Presidential Scholarship honors the Bullocks’ dedication and leadership to ensure the University remains a place of hope, opportunity, and promise, centered on UD’s Mission.

"It has been my pleasure to work with Jeff and Dana Bullock for almost two decades," said Peter Smith, vice president for enrollment management and university relations at UD. “Their dedication to the University, to our Mission, and to students has been exceptional. All of us who serve with the Bullocks are grateful to Hank Hector and other alumni who have chosen to publicly recognize Jeff and Dana for their service through a scholarship that will empower students to live into their dreams."

Hank Hector (C’61) spearheaded the efforts of alumni to create a student scholarship to commemorate the transformation that has occurred on campus over the past 20 years. 

“It is time for our alumni to say thanks to the Bullocks for their leadership and commitment to this University for which we all have such great affection,” Hector said.

Jeffrey Bullock was appointed the University’s president in June 1998 after serving two years as dean of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and vice president of the University. Under his thoughtful leadership, UD has experienced a metamorphosis rooted in the University’s Mission. Enrollment has grown by over 400 percent to more than 2,300 undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students. At the same time, the campus has been transformed with over $200 million of funded new construction and renovations. In addition, the endowment, which is the primary source of financial aid and scholarship assistance for students, has grown from $16 million to $150 million.

“To say that our University has transformed is an understatement. I am overwhelmed when I think about all that is happening today. And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how grateful I am to those who have been steering this ship over the course of the last 20 years or so, specially offering my gratitude to Jeffrey and Dana Bullock,” Hector said. “I understand what the endowment means for the University. In my wildest dreams, I never thought we’d achieve an endowment of $150 million.”

Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of UD are invited to invest in the Jeffrey and Dana Bullock Presidential Scholarship. To participate, visit

“My hope is that this is the beginning of a scholarship that will grow,” Hector said.

Jeffrey Bullock earned a BA from Seattle Pacific University and an MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. After serving as pastor of a Presbyterian church in western Pennsylvania, Bullock became pastor of a Presbyterian church in Seattle, Washington. While there, he earned an MA and PhD from the University of Washington. Dana Bullock is active on campus in the planning of every major public event from Homecoming to the Christmas Gala to Commencement, just to name a few. She volunteers in the community, is a board member at Hillcrest Family Services, and is a full-time mom to three sons – Noah, Luke, and Seth. Noah is a sophomore majoring in digital art and design at UD.