Alumnus Gets By and Gives Back After a Little Help from His Friends

What do a Beatles song and Westminster College have in common? Dan Dokovic ’04 ΚΑ will proudly tell you in an instant that “With a Little Help from My Friends” is the inspiration behind a recent scholarship he established for Westminster students.

“The scholarship name is in honor of three families that came together to make sure I was able to attend Westminster,” the Chesterfield, MO, resident says.

Dokovic is referring to Bill Daniels ’71 FIJI of Quincy, IL, Wally Head ’72 FIJI of Daniel Island, SC, and the Freiburg family of Quincy, IL. The Freiburgs served as Dokovic’s host family when he first arrived in the United States. A native of Croatia, Dokovic moved to Quincy as a high school student.

“What moved me the most is that these people did not have to help me, because some of them barely knew me,” Dokovic explains. “But they did, and that is why I established this scholarship.”

The co-founder of Intelica CRE and Bamboo Equity Partners in Creve Coeur, MO, finalized all scholarship paperwork in July. The scholarship — titled With a Little Help from My Friends: Daniels, Head, and Freiburg Scholarship — is a four-year, need-based scholarship intended for an incoming Westminster freshman.    

Dokovic majored in international business with a minor in French while at Westminster. He made headlines in February after being named one of “40 Under 40” in the St. Louis Business Journal.

The Journal notes that Dokovic helped Intelica CRE grow from three employees to 40 while increasing transactions to more than $100 million per year since the business’ founding in 2010. In addition, Dokovic helped Bamboo Equity Partners create more than $20 million of value for investors in a portfolio that is worth more than $91 million, according to the Journal. Bamboo Equity was founded in 2012. Read more about Dokovic here.

Dokovic’s accomplishments also include an MBA he earned from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO, in May 2016. And in spite of so many recent achievements, Dokovic maintains that Westminster remains his primary inspiration, both professionally and personally: He met and married Westminster alumna Elizabeth (Chambers) Dokovic ’06 ΚΚΓ.

“Westminster was such a shaping force in my life,” Dokovic reflects. “I want to make sure I can help other students develop by going to Westminster, like me.”

For more information on Westminster College scholarships, go here. To establish a similar scholarship, please contact Gina Campagna, Director of Advancement Services at (573) 592-5023 or


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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is a Media and Content Strategist at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. A 1992 graduate of the College, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communication in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.