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Release: Immediate

New UI Presidential Scholarship to be Awarded

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four new annual Presidential Scholarships were established through the University of Iowa Foundation, the first of which will be awarded this spring to an outstanding Iowa student who plans to enroll as a freshman at the University of Iowa this fall.

Generous support from Richard R. Turney, a 1952 UI graduate, and his wife, Jean T. Turney, (daughter of John and LaVerle Thiele of Maynard, Iowa) of Sanibel, Fla., endowed the new fund to support the scholarships. The Richard R. Turney and Jean Thiele Turney Presidential Scholarship Fund is part of the university's most distinguished scholarship program for entering freshmen.

"The education I received at The University of Iowa provided a strong foundation for what Jean and I were able to accomplish," said Richard Turney. "I was fortunate to receive scholarship assistance as an undergraduate at Iowa, and now I want to perpetuate that tradition by creating opportunities for students from my home state and hometown."

The first annual award will be made by the UI Office of Student Financial Aid to an entering freshman student from Iowa, with preference given to students who demonstrate financial need and are graduates of Oelwein Senior High School, West Central High School, or other Fayette County, Iowa, high schools.

Students who rank in the top five percent of their high school class and have an ACT composite score of 30 or higher (or an SAT combined score of 1,270) are eligible for the award. Qualified students are encouraged to contact their high school counselor or the UI Office of Orientation and Admissions at (319) 335-1450 for more information. The $7,000 award is renewable for eight semesters (or four years), as long as the student qualifies.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in political science from the UI, Richard Turney earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. He practiced law with Baker and Hostetler in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1957 to 1995, and currently is an independent investor and real estate developer. Jean Turney, an interior designer, is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Through the Turneys' endowment of the scholarship fund, Jean Turney joined her husband as a member of The Presidents Club, the university's highest honor club for contributors. The Turneys also have supported the Iowa Opportunity Fund, the UI Foundation's university-wide fund for areas of greatest need.

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