The success of Loras College would not be possible without generous support. Gifts fund critical projects, academic and student life programs, and provide scholarships to help ease the financial burden for students. While many donors are alumni, some are good friends who believe in the important work of Loras College. One such friend of Loras is Bob Holtz.
Bob became connected to the College through long-time Planned Giving Director Don Freymann (’61). Bob has been donating since 1992 and providing the Robert A. Holtz Award to students from the northeast Iowa communities of Colesburg, Edgewood, Greeley, Manchester and Ryan. Bob has also been instrumental in recruiting students to Loras by personally encouraging young people to apply and enroll.
To date, Bob’s tremendous generosity totals over $550,000 in 133 scholarship awards, making it possible for students to benefit from a Loras education. This year alone, 13 Loras students are receiving a Holtz Award. One student, Izacc Anderegg (’19), is a second-generation beneficiary. His father Kelly Anderegg (’97) received a Holtz Award when he was a Loras student. In accepting the award, Izacc told Bob, “You are a great man.”
Bob hails from Greeley, Iowa, and after high school, he served in the U.S. Army. Upon his return from service, he launched Holtz Construction & Bin Sales, a company that constructed bins and other agricultural structures throughout eastern Iowa. He also worked on his family’s farm. After heading up Holtz Construction for 45 years, he retired to continue farming.
Bob is well known in the Colesburg, Edgewood, Greeley, Manchester and Ryan area for his generosity, and is typically familiar to the families of the students he supports. The life-changing help he provides these young people through the Holtz Award is recognized by the students while they’re in college and remembered long after graduation. It is not uncommon, for example, for Bob to be invited to attend a Loras sporting event with the parents of a current award recipient or to receive a wedding invitation from a graduate who received Holtz’ support years ago. One recipient, Haley Bergen (‘18), said this about her Holtz Award, “Bob, I am so thankful to you for having given me the opportunity to attend a great institution like Loras to further my education. Your generosity impacts so many lives and I want you to understand how great of an impact you have on mine.” Another, Haley Meyer (‘18), said, “I’m not only grateful for the monetary gift, but also for you [Bob] giving so freely of yourself.”
Bob has also supported the Manchester (Iowa) Regional Medical Center, with the wellness center named in his honor. He was also instrumental in the addition of the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the center, and supports projects of American Legion Post 566, Greeley, Iowa, where he has served as finance officer.