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Rock Island resident creates University of Iowa scholarship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Rock Island resident Willard N. Lappin and members of his family with ties to the University of Iowa have established an annual scholarship through the University of Iowa Foundation for outstanding Rock Island High School students who plan to attend the UI.

Willard Lappin received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Iowa in 1933. He served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and in 1950 started work as a chemist with the Rock Island District of the Army Corps of Engineers. When he retired in 1973, Lappin was Chief of the Paint and Corrosion Laboratory, which developed paint for the lock and dam systems of the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Columbia Rivers, as well as other major U.S. rivers.

Originally from Mt. Sterling, Ill., Lappin followed three cousins to the UI, taking over one cousin's job in Iowa City when he graduated. "I attended school during the Depression, and my family couldn't provide any financial support," says Lappin. The reason for establishing the scholarship is two-fold: "I wanted to repay the University of Iowa for the education I received and to help Rock Island students who want to attend the University of Iowa."

Working with the UI Foundation, Lappin made a gift of stock and other funds to establish an endowed scholarship for undergraduate students. He is proud of the family's connections to Rock Island and the University of Iowa: Willard Lappin's son, Don E. Lappin of Rock Island, received two UI degrees, a bachelor's in psychology in 1962 and a law degree in 1964. Willard's grandson, James A. Lappin and his wife, Kelly Meyer Lappin, received their undergraduate degrees from the UI in 1992 and now live in the Memphis, Tenn., area. Paul Lappin, another grandson, graduated from Rock Island High School and was an outstanding musician.

The first Lappin Family Scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded to a Rock Island High School senior who is a member of the National Honor Society will graduate in the spring of 1997, and plans to enroll at the UI this fall. The scholarship may be renewable if the student maintains a 3.0 G.P.A. in his or her courses. Students must apply for the scholarship award through the guidance office at Rock Island High School. Selection will be made by the school's scholarship committee.

The Lappin scholarship joins other financial awards that have been created by UI Foundation contributors as part of the UI foundation's Sesquicentennial Scholarship Initiative, undertaken as part of the UI's commitment to student aid and as a way of marking the university's 150th anniversary during 1996-97.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff members work with alumni and friends to provide scholarships and other forms of support for students and faculty at the UI.