Awarded to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and established through gifts given in memory of Lowell Brandt (BA '72/MA '79).

More about Lowell Brandt

Lowell D. Brandt received his BA in education from The University of Iowa in 1972.  However, what began as a post-college job as a correctional officer at Oakdale eventually led him to a counseling position at the Men’s Reformatory at Anamosa and to a career change-of-heart.  He graduated in 1979 a master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Iowa.

His dedication to the field and exemplary long-term record of service to the Program made him the recipient of the University of Iowa Rehabilitation Counseling Program Alumnus of the year award in 2004.  Paula, his wife, described the rehabilitation counseling program as “one of the closest things to his heart.”  He loved education and mentoring students, and he was always available for the students and program through his participation as a consultant, colleague, clinical site supervisor and as a member and Secretary for the Advisory Board.

As the Warden of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale for four years, and throughout his career of over thirty five years in the Department of Corrections.  Lowell worked hard to increase the quality of services for all individuals, but particularly those with disabilities.

He was instrumental in the construction of the Special Needs Unit at IMCC, which was dedicated in his name and in his honor on May 13, 2009, which would have been Lowell’s 59th birthday.  All those who met Lowell agree that they had the opportunity to meet a special individual who worked hard all his life for what he believed in.  

Recent recipients

  • 2017 - Mileidy Crespo-Jones
  • 2016 - Kyle Spading
  • 2015 - Kyle Spading
  • 2014 - Ki Hyun Kim, Ruth Mercado-Cruz
  • 2011 - Neil Santos
  • 2010 - Leonarda Decker