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Paul Heyn Remembered with UI Youth Entrepreneurship Scholarships

Paul Heyn may be gone, but the Ice Cream Man's presence will be felt at this year's Youth Entrepreneurship Camp at The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. Heyn, the Iowa City ice cream maker and shop owner, was a regular visitor to past entrepreneurship camps, which are held each summer to teach area elementary school students about starting and running a business.

He shared with the campers how he kept his shop running, and always made sure to bring free ice cream. But Heyn died last summer, and in his memory, his family has donated more than $1,000. The gift will be used to provide scholarships to campers who couldn't otherwise afford to attend.

"Paul always loved working with the kids and teaching at the entrepreneurship camps," said Heyn's father, Chuck. "It was very gratifying for him to see the kids learning about entrepreneurialism and how businesses work. We hope our gift helps the University continue that tradition."

"Paul's visits were always the highlight of the camp," said Dawn Bowlus, director of the UI's Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship. "He had a big, boisterous personality that the students loved, and he was a great story-teller. He was generous with his spirit and his ice cream. He was a great friend to the program, and we will miss him greatly this year."

One of Heyn's favorite teaching methods was developing a new ice cream flavor with the students, then returning to his shop and making a batch of it. He would sell the flavor in his shop for a month, and bring a tub back so campers could sample their invention. Some flavors turned out to be so successful they're still on the shop's menu today.

Chuck Heyn said the money for the gift came from people who donated money to the family and asked they do something with it that would be appropriate in their son's memory.

"Everyone called Paul the Ice Cream Man, and he loved that people always smiled around him because who can't smile when they're eating ice cream," Chuck Heyn said. A video story about Heyn and his work with the students can be seen online.

This year's Youth Entrepreneurship Camp for fourth- through sixth-graders will be held July 6 through 10 at the Pappajohn Business Building on the UI campus in Iowa City. The Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy for seventh- through ninth-graders will be held July 13 through 17 on the UI campus and July 27 through 31 in Des Moines. The cost for both camps is $159. For more information or to register, visit www.jacobsoninstitute.org.


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