The Richard Tyner Scholarship

Established in the fall of 2015 by University of Iowa alumnus, Richard Tyner, the intent of the Tyner Scholarship is to offer financial support and recognition to current in-state University of Iowa students who were able to qualify for and enter the Honors Program by becoming more engaged and academically successful early on in their university career.


Applicants must:

  • be a graduate of an Iowa high school,
  • in their first, second, or third year of study at the University of Iowa (at the time of application),
  • be a full-time student (enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours at the time of application), and
  • not be a recipient of a major scholarship* or award, such as the Old Gold Scholarship. 
    • *A major scholarship is defined one that awards $5,000 or more per year
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of a small town (defined as less than 10,000 in population).


Richard Tyner

As senior counsel, Mr. Tyner practices in the firm's corporation, banking and business group. He has twenty five years of experience living and practicing in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Tyner's legal experience in Saudi Arabia includes advising clients on formation of limited liability companies in the industrial and service sectors, formation of branch offices and professional companies, preparation of contracts for multijurisdictional transactions, advising on labor matters, litigation of disputes and arbitrations involving complex insurance claims, negotiation and termination of distributorships, and advising on competition law, environmental regulations and other aspects of Saudi law. Mr. Tyner has also practiced law in Jeddah, Paris and San Francisco.



Professional Activities

  • California State Bar Association (Admitted to practice in 1979) (not admitted in Saudi Arabia)
  • American Bar Association, member

Educational Background

  • 1979 - J.D., Yale Law School, author of Wars of National Liberation in Africa and Palestine: Self-Determination for Peoples or for Territories? 5 Yale Studies in World Public Order 274 (1978-1979).
  • 1975 - Ph.D., International Relations, London School of Economics, Doctoral Thesis: The Concept of the Armed People in France, 1870-1871.
  • 1971 - M.A., Government, University of Manchester, England, Thesis: A Comparative Study of the Theory and Practice of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Warfare.
  • 1970 - B.A., summa cum laude, Honors Political Science and Honors French, University of Iowa
  • Richard was selected as a Marshall Scholar in 1970.

University of Iowa Honors

  • Outstanding Freshman Honors Student, 1967
  • Outstanding Sophomore Honors Student, 1968
  • Graduated First in the Honors Program, May 1970
  • Phi Eta Sigma, member
  • Phi Beta Kappa, member
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, member
  • Recipient of Honors Old Gold Scholarships

Army ROTC at University of Iowa

  • Pershing Rifles, 1966 to 1968
  • Outstanding Freshman Cadet, 1967
  • Outstanding Senior Cadet, 1970
  • Outstanding Senior Cadet, Academic Achievement and Campus Leadership, 1970
  • Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in May 1970


Recent Tyner Scholarship recipients:


Grace Kiple

Grace is a second-year student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Human Relations and Spanish. She is a student research fellow at the Public Policy Center as a member of Professor Lai's research team. Outside of the classroom, Grace is a resident assistant and a dedicated and involved member of Dance Marathon. She hopes to study abroad in the fall of 2021 in Spain and graduate in the spring of 2022. 

"I suggest taking as many Honors courses as you can. I have loved my Honors discussion sections and smaller Honors classes. Additionally, I recommend looking at experiential learning credit courses, like IPRO or Diplomacy Lab. These courses have been extremely interesting, and I learned a lot."




Kathleen Hearn

Kathleen Hearn is a first year student at the University of Iowa studying Mathematics Program B to teach secondary education. She is interested in researching the teaching and learning of STEM in high schools, rural schools in specific. She would also like to attend graduate school. Outside of classes, she is involved with STAR(Students to Assist Recruitment) and Delta Zeta Sorority. She is also a volunteer softball coach at her former high school. 

"Honors at Iowa is the challenge I have been waiting for my entire academic career! I am pushed to be the very best student I can be. I have learned so much about how to be a problem-solver and a successful student through the honors program. I encourage Honors students to take advantage of the Honors sections when available and get involved with research!"


Brooke Lucas

Brooke Lucas is a Junior at the University of Iowa, where she is majoring in Biology on the Pre-Physical Therapy track, as well as minoring in Psychology. She serves as a Chairperson for University of Iowa Dance Marathon. She volunteers for the Stead Family Children's Hospital. She is eager to engage in research in her upcoming years, and taking advantage of the experiential learning opportunities provided by the Honors Program.

"My advice would be start early. Jump in, and get involved as much as you can - in both your studies, and in extra curriculars. In terms of academics, try to fulfill your Honors Program requirements out of the way as soon as you can, because your time on campus goes fast. Additionally, don't be afraid to go into office hours and ask questions to your professors. I would encourage students to be involved in different student organizations on campus to get to know different populations, and find a place that feels like home here on campus."


Alyssa Ricke

Alyssa Ricke is a research assistant at the Judgment, Decision, & Social Comparison Lab in the psychology department. In addition, she has been involved in Dance Marathon on campus and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society.

"Take advantage of the courses available to you through the Honors Program. The classes are a great size for collaboration, enabling you to get to know your peers and make great connections with your professors!"


Sierra Wicks

Sierra Wicks is majoring in Political Science and Ethics and Public Policy. On campus, she is a senator in The University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Government and currently serves as Committee Chair of Governmental Relations. She also serves as the event coordinator of Ignite UI, a new organization with the goal of promoting gender parity in politics. Sierra is a frequent volunteer for Hawk the Vote and various political campaigns.

"My biggest piece of advice to students new to the University of Iowa and the Honors Program would be to take Honors Rhetoric. During the first semester of my freshman year, I took an Honors section of Rhetoric and my whole class became very close. It was a great way to start college and helped me build community within the Honors Program. The class also helped me refine my approach to writing."


Joseph McDonnell

Joseph McDonell is a nontraditional, single father who is currently seeking a degree in Human Physiology. Before Joseph became a student here at the University, he constructed Windmill turbines with a crane. Joseph is currently research alternative NICU blood gas analyses and is beginning the process of publishing a paper based on this research. Additionally, Joe recently traveled to Peru to learn Spanish and work with mentally disabled children. Joseph will be taking a gap year to travel, continue his research, and work at a medical transcriptionist, Upon his return he will apply to the University of Iowa Medical School.



Trevor is a sophomore majoring in Civil Engineering. On campus, Trevor is involved with the chapter of AWEA Wind Turbine Design Club as the Public Relations Executive and the chapter of ASCE working on The Corn Monument. Upon graduation, Trevor will take a job in industry in Central Iowa as a Civil Engineer.


Jon Sanford, Independence, IA, Political Science, Economics (Policy), Informatics (Economics)

Elijah Bratsch-Prince, Ames, IA, Political Science, Arabic (minor)


Shannon Meester, Holland, IA, English and Creative Writing

Grace Morrison, Grinnell, IA, Psychology, Human Relations (minor)


Elijah Bratsch-Prince, Ames, IA, Political Science, Arabic (minor)