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Profiles in Financial Aid: Grant Uecker from Mitchell Technical Institute (South Dakota)

June 19, 2012

Grant Uecker, Financial Aid Coordinator, Mitchell Technical Institute (South Dakota)

For the past 39 years, Grant Uecker has been assisting students in receiving financial aid to further their educational dreams. That will come to an end this month as Grant retires as the Coordinator of Financial Aid at Mitchell Technical Institute (South Dakota). Grant has been extremely active in SDASFAA and RMASFAA activities, and is a renowned bowler, having achieved a perfect score of 300. As he completes the final days of his long and successful career in financial aid, Grant took some time to jot down some comments from questions asked of him by Don Buehrer, Nelnet’s Regional Director for Partner Solutions and a friend of Grants for over 30 years. Thanks for the memories Grant.

Don: How many children, grandchildren do you have and where do they live?

Grant: I have 2 children, a boy and a girl & 5 grandchildren. My son lives in Rogers, Arkansas and my daughter lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Don: How long have you been in financial aid?

Grant: I have been in financial for 39 years.

 Don: Will you continue to bowl in a billion different leagues?

Grant: I enjoy bowling and will probably continue to bowl in the 5 leagues I now belong to.

Don: What major changes have you seen in financial aid during your years in the industry?

Grant: There are so many that I could not name them all.  The biggest change was going to the Federal Direct Student Loan Program.

Don: How did you decide it was finally time to retire?

Grant: You just kind of know when that time arrives.  Age was probably my biggest factor.

Don: What short term and long term plans do you have once you retire?

Grant: Short term would be to get all of my wife’s tons of material from her teaching career out of our basement.  Long term would be to continue to bowl and travel a lot to our grandkids’ sports events.

Don: As you review your 39 years in financial aid, what stands out the most to you?

Grant: The fun that came with travel to conferences and meetings!

Don: What would you have done differently?

Grant: I would not have done anything differently since I am still here!

Don: What 8 people are you going to invite to your retirement dinner… to reminisce about the good old days?

Grant: I am not going to have a retirement dinner, but if I were I would invite these folks; my wife and children, Don Buehrer, John Gritts,  Ken Kocer, Deb Henriksen, and Brenda Murtha.

Don: Any advice for others as they approach their retirement years?

Grant: Get ready for the best part of your life!

Don: Any advice for people who are just entering the financial aid profession?

Grant: Go with the flow, party when you can, and don’t let all those government regulations cause you a lot of stress.

 

Don Buehrer, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

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