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Release: June 1, 1998

Endowed scholarship created by Iowa judge for UI College of Law

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An endowed scholarship fund in the UI College of Law has been established through a gift from retired Judge Paul E. Hellwege and Mrs. Phoebe Hellwege of Boone to the Iowa Law School Foundation.

The Judge and Mrs. Paul E. Hellwege Law Scholarship Fund will annually provide a full tuition, need-based scholarship for one prospective or current UI law student. Preference will be given to a student from an Iowa farm family who plans to practice law in Iowa. The first award will be made for the 1998-99 academic year.

Paul E. Hellwege graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1936 and earned a J.D. from the UI College of Law in 1938. Phoebe Hellwege earned a bachelor's in home economics from the UI in 1933.

The Hellweges were married in 1939 and have two children, Janice Malmin of Woodbury, Minn., and David P. Hellwege of Westport, Conn., who both attended the UI. David Hellwege earned his B.B.A. in economics in 1969 and is a 1973 graduate of the College of Law.

Paul E. Hellwege practiced law privately in Boone from 1938 to 1964. He also served as county attorney of Boone County from 1943 to 1948 and city attorney of Boone from 1952 to 1958. He served as judge for the Iowa Second Judicial District during an interim appointment in 1958 and from 1964 to 1990, becoming a senior judge in 1981. He retired in 1990.

Hellwege, who put himself through law school by working nearly full time while enrolled at the UI, said he made the gift to help Iowa students. "I'm sure there are children of Iowa farm families who aspire to careers in law. These need-based scholarships will help some of them realize their dreams."

Increasing scholarship funding is one of the college's highest priorities, said College of Law Dean N. William Hines.

"As law tuitions rise, private need-based scholarships assume increasing importance in assuring professional opportunities for all qualified students," Hines said. "We greatly appreciate the Hellweges' gift. Their generosity directly benefits Iowa students and reinforces our commitment to making a UI legal education accessible to students throughout the state."

The Hellweges were honored by Dean Hines, law school faculty and alumni, and family and friends at a dinner May 30 on the UI campus. The event coincided with Paul Hellwege's 60th-year law class reunion, Phoebe Hellwege's 65th-year liberal arts class reunion, and David Hellwege's 25th anniversary of graduation from law school.

The gift earned Paul and Phoebe Hellwege, David Hellwege, Janice Malmin and her husband, Olaf Malmin, also a UI graduate, membership in The Presidents Club, the university's highest honor club for contributors.

Hines said the college's goal is to create 30 named endowed scholarship funds during the next four years as part of the Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century.

The Hellwege Scholarship is the ninth endowed scholarship fund to be publicly announced during the "quiet" phase of the campaign. 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.