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Release: May 3, 1999

Iowa native wins prized law scholarship

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa College of Law awarded to second-year law student Sara Kagay the George W. McBurney Merit Scholarship, which is given for academic achievement, scholarly excellence and leadership.

Kagay, from Shambaugh, ranks among the top students in her class and serves as an articles editor on the Iowa Law Review, a nationally respected publication edited by students. Kagay graduated in 1997 from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news. She is the second recipient of the $1,000 scholarship, which is named in memory of the late George W. McBurney. McBurney earned a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a juris doctorate degree in 1953, both from the UI.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a student editor of the Iowa Law Review who has an outstanding academic record and who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, involvement, dedication, and mastery of the law. The scholarship was endowed in 1997 shortly after McBurney’s death by his family, law firm colleagues, and friends.

The scholarship was established through the Iowa Law School Foundation, the preferred channel of support for private gifts to the UI College of Law. The foundation works with alumni, law firms, friends, 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 channel of support to the Iowa Law School Foundation by providing professional and technical support services.