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Release: Immediate

Estate gift will finance LL.M. scholarship in UI College of Law

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A gift of $125,000 to the Iowa Law School Foundation from the estate of Z. Carroll Sample of Iowa City will endow a scholarship fund for a student in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree in International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Iowa College of Law.

The Carroll Sample Scholarship Fund was established after Sample willed half of his estate to the law school when he died in November 1994. Earnings from the endowed fund will make an annual scholarship award to a law student at the UI.

"We are very grateful for gifts like Carroll Sample's," said Burns H. Weston, the Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law and associate dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies. "This type of support helps make us more competitive in attracting outstanding students from across the country and around the world who are interested in Iowa's highly regarded International and Comparative Law Program."

Dean N. William Hines said the scholarship fund was the first major gift received to support the college's new LL.M. degree in International and Comparative Law, and that he hoped Sample's trust gift would encourage others to contribute for the same purpose.

Carroll Sample was an Iowa City bus driver for many years after working as a trolley car driver until 1932, when local trolleys were retired. Sample's gift was made in appreciation for the friendships he developed with many UI law students who rode his bus to and from class each day. He died in November 1994.

The first scholarship from this fund will be awarded for the 1997-98 academic year. Interested students should contact the College of Law Admissions and Financial Aid Office at (800) 553-IOWA or (319) 335-9142.

The Iowa Law School Foundation is the preferred channel for private gifts and bequests to the University of Iowa College of Law. The foundation works with law alumni, faculty, and friends to assist in providing support for the college's students, faculty, and programs. The University of Iowa Foundation, the UI's campus wide fund-raising organization, serves as a channel of support to the Law School Foundation by providing professional and technical support services.