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Release: Dec. 7, 2000
UI students get scholarship boost
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A Wisconsin couple with ties to
the University of Iowa has made a generous commitment to the UI Foundation
to benefit UI students. Katherine "Kit'' Dower Blake and Philip "Phil" Blake
of Madison, Wis., created two scholarships that will support students with
The first scholarship, named the Katherine Dower Blake
Scholarship, will benefit Iowa residents. A second scholarship to aid minority
students has been named the Dower Opportunity at Iowa Scholarship, in memory
of Kit Blake's late parents, James and Mary Katherine Dower.
The Blakes established the Katherine Dower Blake Scholarship
with an outright gift. They also established a charitable remainder unitrust
that will add to the scholarship fund after their deaths. This scholarship
will be awarded for the first time in the 2001-2002 academic year.
The Dower Opportunity at Iowa Scholarship, which the
Blakes established through a charitable lead unitrust, will support three
Opportunity at Iowa (OI) scholarships for 12 academic years beginning in 2001-2002.
Each Dower OI scholarship is valued at approximately $5,000 annually and is
renewable for eight semesters to students in good standing.
Kit Blake, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, graduated
from the UI in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in English. Phil Blake is a Madison,
Wis., based vice president of Lee Enterprises Inc. of Davenport, Iowa.
"My parents, who were both from small Iowa towns,
were very proud to be graduates of the University of Iowa," Kit Blake said.
"The university opened a whole new world to them. They would be very pleased
that other young people will be offered similar opportunities."
Kit's parents and her grandfather were UI alumni.
Her father, James W. Dower, a native of Marengo, Iowa, earned a bachelor's
degree in liberal arts in 1940 and a J.D. from the College of Law in 1942.
Her mother, Mary Katherine (Hurn) Dower, a native of Algona, Iowa, graduated
from the UI in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications.
Her grandfather, James M. Dower, also graduated from the UI Law School in
The University is grateful to the Blakes, said UI
Foundation President Michael New. "Their gifts are outstanding examples of
private support that greatly enhance the overall quality and diversity of
our student population," he said. "The Blakes have demonstrated a commitment
to higher education and to Iowa students, and have used an insightful approach
to giving involving a variety of methods."
Mark Warner, director of the Office of Student Financial
Aid, said the Blakes' gift provides financial support for the first fully-endowed
Opportunity at Iowa scholarships at the UI. "These scholarships recognize
and reward under-represented students who are top scholars. The funds will
also greatly facilitate their persistence at and graduation from the UI,"
The Blakes are generous contributors to other UI programs
and are members of the Presidents Club, the UI's honor club recognizing its
most generous contributors.
The Blakes' gift is part of the university's planned
comprehensive campaign to advance the UI's strategic goals for the years 2000-2005.
The planned comprehensive campaign, which is in its early stages and for which
no final dollar goal has been established, will be conducted under the guidance
of the UI Foundation and will raise funds to substantially increase the number
of UI merit- and need-based scholarships, as well as the number of endowed
faculty chairs and professorships. The campaign also supports eight new educational
and research facilities; funds outreach and service programs benefiting individuals,
families, and communities throughout the state of Iowa; building the UI's
endowment; and launching new initiatives in the arts, sciences, business,
health care, and other fields.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private
contributions to all areas of the University. Foundation staff work with alumni
and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities
improvements, equipment purchases, research, and other UI initiatives.