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UI College of Law Class of 1972 gift creates Merit Law Scholarship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Members of the University of Iowa College of Law Class of 1972 have established the Class of 1972 Merit Law Scholarship Fund through the Iowa Law School Foundation. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of their graduation, class members made gifts and pledges totaling more than $56,000.

The scholarship was announced at a reunion dinner Oct. 25 by Richard Lyford, a 1972 University of Iowa College of Law graduate and one of 12 classmates who served on a reunion committee headed by Thomas J. Cilek, another 1972 graduate and currently senior vice president of Hills Bank and Trust Company of Iowa City.

The fund will provide a scholarship for one law student who is an Iowa resident. The first Class of 1972 Merit Law Scholarship will be awarded next spring for the 1998-99 academic year.

Cilek said he was "very pleased with the number of classmates who returned for the 25th law reunion festivities. Carol Havemann Lynch of Houston, Texas, Stephen Bright of Langhorne Pennsylvania, and the entire class are to be commended on their collective efforts to create a merit law scholarship fund to assist the Iowa Law School in recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest students." Tom Cilek led the class reunion committee which organized the reunion program and established the scholarship fund.

Carol A. Havemann Lynch, another member of the anniversary class and manager of tax, law and planning with Exxon Company USA, contributed to the Class of 1972 Merit Law Scholarship Fund, and her gift was matched by corporate funds from her employer's foundation, the Exxon Education Foundation of Houston, Texas, for a total commitment of $30,000. Although the original scholarship goal was $50,000, Lynch, who is a member of the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Trustees, challenged the class to increase their goal and fully endow a scholarship by contributing $100,000.

The Iowa Law School Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private gifts to the UI College of Law. The foundation works with alumni, law firms, corporations, and friends to assist them in providing support to the college's students, faculty, and programs.

The University of Iowa Foundation, the UI's campus-wide fund-raising organization, serves as the channel of support to the Iowa Law School Foundation by providing professional and technical support services.