2019 1stGen@Iowa Award Recipient
Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy
Cindy Seyfer is a proud first-generation student who is passionate about helping others achieve their goal of earning a degree from the University of Iowa. She is a firm believer in the importance of student employment and the ability of this employment to connect students to campus and help them refine their career path. Cindy earned a B.A. in Biology from Cornell College but her Work-Study job in the Admissions and Financial Aid offices launched her career path. She started at the University of Iowa as a graduate assistant in 1982 while earning her dual Master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Administration and Student Affairs. Cindy started as a financial aid counselor in 1985 and has remained at the Office of Student Financial Aid progressing from Assistant Director to Associate Director, Senior Associate Director and currently serves as the Interim Director. One of the highlights of her work is being able to collaborate with others on campus to problem-solve on individual student issues and to improve global processes to better serve students.