CONTACT: WEST BUTTERFIELD
Director of Development
College of Nursing
UI Foundation News
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Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Dec. 21, 1999
Contributor establishes nursing scholarship for Iowans
IOWA CITY, IowaA generous gift to the University of Iowa Foundation
for the UI College of Nursing will provide scholarships enabling deserving
Iowa residents to pursue nursing studies. Mary J. Zender of Lincoln, Neb.,
has made a $49,000 gift in honor of her late parents, establishing the Lloyd
and Gladys Burr Cunningham Nursing Scholarship.
Earnings from the endowed scholarship fund are expected to provide at least
one student with a full scholarship to the UI College of Nursing each year.
The scholarship will be awarded for the first time during the 2000-2001 academic
Melanie Dreher, dean of the UI College of Nursing, said Zenders generosity
"not only provides an educational opportunity for talented Iowans who
wish to serve their communities as health care providers, but it memorializes
Mary Zenders parents with a legacy of care and healing."
Mary Zender said her mothers unrealized nursing aspirations prompted
the gift. "My mother had always wanted to be a nurse," she recalled,
"but at that time, girls were not encouraged to go to college. My husband,
Bob, and I have been very fortunate in life. We felt that while my mother
couldnt be a nurse, we could help someone else realize that ambition."
Zender invested funds she received from her mothers estate and used
them to establish the nursing scholarship. Gladys Burr Cunningham died in
1991; her husband, Lloyd, died in 1969.
The Zenders are both natives of Cresco, Iowa. Mary Zender studied political
science at the UI, and Bob Zender received his business administration degree
from the University in 1948. Before retiring to Lincoln, Neb., Bob Zender
was vice president and controller with AT&T Communications in New Jersey.
Mary Zender made her gift as part of the College of Nursings Centennial
Campaign for Nursing Education, a $1.5 million fund-raising effort to keep
the college in a national leadership position by funding scholarships, research,
renovations in clinical practice and technology laboratories, and endowed
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 funds for scholarships,
facilities improvements, professorships, technology and other forms of support
for the UI.