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College of Law
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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
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,
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.