CONTACT: ANDY PIRO
Associate Director of Development
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 24, 1999
Cedar Rapids couple endows scholarship for Iowa women's
IOWA CITY, Iowa--John and Peg Slusher of Cedar Rapids
have stepped up to the plate and made history as the first contributors to
fully endow a named scholarship for a specific position in women's athletics
at the University of Iowa. Their generous commitment to the University of
Iowa Foundation will create a scholarship for the student-athlete who plays
catcher for the Iowa women's softball team.
Christine Grant, director of Women's Intercollegiate
Athletics, says this is a landmark gift for the women's program. "The momentum
of interest in women's sports has been building across the country," Grant
said. "We are very pleased that two Iowans, who have been loyal fans of Iowa
athletics, have selected Iowa women's softball for their commitment." The
Slushers' gift is in response to "Hawkeye Visions," a long-term initiative
to increase the number of endowed, named scholarships for student-athletes.
Peg and John Slusher are both retired employees of
Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids. They started attending Iowa sporting events
in the football season of 1981. "We have attended every bowl game except one
while Hayden Fry was coach," he said. "We have season tickets for football,
men's basketball, women's basketball, wrestling, and softball." Slusher described
one weekend when they attended the National NCAA wrestling tournament in Oklahoma
City, leaving after the last match on Saturday night and arriving in Iowa
City on Sunday in time to see the Iowa women's basketball team play in an
early round of the NCAA tournament.
"The softball team is so exciting to watch and the
new softball complex is great for fans and players," said Peg Slusher. "We
chose to endow the scholarship for the catcher because I felt it was one of
the most difficult and demanding positions on the team."
Through the University of Iowa Foundation, the principal
of the John and Peg Slusher Catcher's Scholarship Fund will remain untouched.
Only the earnings will be used to pay tuition, room and board, and student
fees for the Hawkeye catcher. "This gift will perpetually benefit the Hawkeyes,"
said Jana Egeland, associate director of development, Women's Intercollegiate
Athletics. "We hope the Slushers' vision will inspire other Hawkeye fans to
establish scholarships for the outstanding student-athletes who wear the black
For more information about how to establish a named
scholarship in men's or women's athletics, contact Andy Piro, director of
development, Intercollegiate Athletics-Endowment, at the University of Iowa
Foundation-the preferred channel for private support to all areas of the UI.
Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to support scholarships, professorships,
facilities improvements, research funds, and other projects.