Tinsman Family Scholarship


“We believe everyone should have access to a post-secondary education,” said Maggie Tinsman. “Students need the opportunity to receive a two-year or four-year college degree.”

For Hovey and Maggie Tinsman, education has always been a central part of their lives. Placing importance on their own education, and that of their children, has been crucial to the achievements of all their family members.

After graduating from Princeton University in 1953, Hovey received a commission into the United States Navy Officers Candidate School (OCS) for three years. He then received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University and established Twin State with his brother, a company that has manufactured liquid fertilizer for more than 49 years. Among his numerous volunteer activities, Hovey was a 10-year member of the Pleasant Valley School Board and a member of St. Luke’s Hospital and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra boards of directors. He was also one of the community leaders who were instrumental in bringing to fruition the idea of a Family Museum of Art and Science, where children could play and learn.

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Maggie married Hovey in 1959. While being a stay-at-home mother, she volunteered for the Junior Board of Visiting Nurses and the Junior Board of the Symphony. As their children grew, Maggie furthered her education with a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Her interest in helping others with education led her to establish the first tutoring program at Riverdale Elementary School. She is also well known for serving 11 years on the Scott County Board of Supervisors and for her 18-year tenure as an Iowa State Senator where, among her many achievements, she championed educational opportunities for all Iowans.

The Tinsmans understand that their personal and professional successes are due to the continuing education they have pursued throughout their lives. Their educational experiences also brought them a deeper understanding of the needs of others in their community. Lifetime residents of the Quad Cities, the Tinsmans are deeply involved in community life and in service to others.

“We have really enjoyed living in the Quad Cities,” Hovey said. “It is a wonderful place to raise a family and our experience has been, and continues to be very rewarding.”

Maggie and Hovey are carrying on their commitment to the community and their belief in the value of learning by making education opportunities available for others through their philanthropy. In 2007, they created a scholarship endowment that will help provide access to education to deserving students for generations to come. They chose to call their fund “The Tinsman Family Scholarship.” They involved their children, Hovey, III, Bruce and Heidi in the giving process and hope that one day they will follow in their parents’ footsteps and grow the Family Scholarship Fund with their own contributions.

“Establishing a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation will enable us to support students of Pleasant Valley High School and encourage them to be the best they can be,” said Hovey.

Through their generosity and leadership, the Tinsmans are demonstrating their commitment to education and their dedication to this community. 

"An acorn fund allows us the flexibility to grow our endowment over time, receive tax advantages, and also support our children's college education."

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