ECC community honors late student with an endowed scholarship

IOWA FALLS – On April 27, Robert Givens Jr., an Ellsworth Community College student, tragically lost his life in a drowning accident on the Iowa River.  The Ellsworth College Foundation, along with Givens’ family, has established an endowed scholarship to honor Robert’s memory.

Though Givens was a student for less than a semester, he made a big impact on his friends and teammates.  Givens, an active member of the Ellsworth wrestling team, recently qualified for the NJCAA Wrestling Nationals and traveled to Council Bluffs to compete in the tournament.    “Robert will be remembered for his ability to make connections and lead the team.  He will be missed,” reflects Nate Forsyth, ECC Athletic Director.

A statement from a family friend says:

Robert A. Givens, more affectionately known as Bob, was one of the rare ones who gave so effortlessly of himself and the world loved him for it.  Bob the comedian, the joy, and sunshine of all his family and friends brought so much love to everyone’s life.  He was his mother’s best friend, his dad’s twin, and the best baby brother any sibling could ask for.  Bob attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa.  He was a model student.  The college has graciously decided to award him an honorary degree and create a scholarship in his name due to the short legacy he bestowed upon students and staff and the college.  Bob was such a vivacious young man who loved life and children.  He was dedicated to his athletic teammates and made sure his presence was continually visible to everyone.

Individuals who wish to donate to the Robert Givens Jr. Endowment Scholarship may do so through the Ellsworth College Foundation by mailing checks care of Robert Givens Jr. Scholarship to 1100 College Avenue, Iowa Falls, IA 50126 or calling the Foundation at 641-648-8576 with credit card information.  Individuals may also send donations to GNB bank savings account for the benefit of Robert Givens Jr. Scholarship address of 315 Main Street, Iowa Falls, IA 50126.