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Endowed merit scholarship created for UI College of Law

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An endowed merit scholarship fund in the UI College of Law has been established through a $75,000 bequest from the estate of Virgil R. and Josephine J. Moen to the Iowa Law School Foundation.

The Virgil R. and Josephine J. Moen Merit Scholarship Fund will annually provide a partial tuition scholarship for one qualified UI law student, beginning in fall 1998. Virgil Moen died in April 1997. His wife died in 1984.

A native of Ottumwa,, Virgil Moen was a 1934 graduate of the UI College of Law and a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He also earned degrees from Beloit College in Wisconsin and American Legion College in Hutchinson, Kan.

Virgil Moen and Josephine James were married in Lincoln, Neb., in 1941. After Virgil Moen served in World War II, the couple moved to Minneapolis, Kan., where Virgil Moen practiced law and served as Ottawa County attorney, and Josephine Moen directed social welfare services.

The Moens, who had no children, left almost their entire estate to colleges, libraries, hospitals, health care centers and other community organizations.

N. William Hines, dean of the College of Law, said, "We're deeply grateful to the Moens for their generosity. It is an honor that Virgil Moen, who graduated more than 60 years ago, and his wife chose to remember the UI Law School in their estate plans. The Moen Scholarship Fund will significantly help the law school recruit the best and the brightest students."

Hines said the college's goal is to create 30 named endowed scholarship funds during the Iowa Law School Campaign for the 21st Century. The Moen Scholarship is the fourth endowed scholarship fund to be publicly announced during the "quiet" phase of the campaign. The Thelma Schaeffer Scholarship Fund, the Laurance and Joan Meyer Scholarship Fund and the Bill Higgins Memorial Scholarship Fund were established earlier this year at the college. The endowment campaign for the college of law will be formally announced in October 1998.

In addition to increasing the number of endowed merit and need-based scholarships, the college's campaign priorities include endowed faculty chairs and professorships, the law library and technological resources, and program development such as funding for student law journals and the International and Comparative Law Program.

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, friends, law firms and corporations 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 preferred channel of support for contributions to all areas of the university, including the Iowa Law School Foundation, by providing professional and technical support services.