Awarded to a student who will be student teaching in the area of social studies education. Established in the memory of Dr. Haefner (BA '23 / MA '39 / PhD '42).

More about John Haefner

John Haefner began his teaching career in Muscatine, IA and in 1936 he accepted a graduate assistantship as a teacher in the University High School at the University of Iowa which permitted him to pursue his doctorate degree.  He served on the faculty and as chair of the Department of Social Studies until U-High was closed in 1972.  As a faculty member in the College of Education he taught pre-service teachers, and many masters and doctoral students.  He retired from the university in 1982 after 44 years of dedicated service, but remained active in education and service until the early 1990s.

Among Dr. Haefner’s extensive service to professional and community organizations was serving as president of the National Council for the Social Studies in 1953 and as a Faculty Fellow of the Ford Foundation Fund for the Advancement of Education from 1954-55.  As a resident of Iowa City he influenced many organizations and was a volunteer for the State Historical Society of Iowa, Crisis Center, IRIS, the Iowa Reading Information Service, and Mercy Hospital LIFE LINE.

This scholarship was established in 2011 with a lead gift from Dr. Mary Hepburn (MA ’58) and through memorial gifts, and pays tribute to Dr. Haefner’s legacy as a wise and trusted mentor, respected professor, and lifelong leader in social studies education.

Recent recipients

  • 2017 - Jacob D. Engle, Garrett Gobble
  • 2016 - Sara Lane
  • 2015 - John Blesz
  • 2014 - John Blesz
  • 2013 - Kelly Kindl
  • 2012 - Erin Petersen