CONTACT: ALSATIA N. MELLECKER
Director of Development, UI College of Pharmacy
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Sept. 26, 2001
Owners of Hartig Drug Stores create scholarship in UI College of Pharmacy
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Owners of the Iowa-based Hartig Drug Stores have made
a $30,000 gift to the University of Iowa Foundation to establish a student
scholarship in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Richard and Brenda
Hartig, of Dubuque, Iowa, have pledged $30,000 to create the Hartig Scholarship
Fund to benefit deserving Iowa students pursuing careers in pharmacy.
The fund will support one or more annual scholarships to the UI College
of Pharmacy, to be awarded based on financial need. Preference will be given
to students from Dubuque, Dyersville, Iowa City, and Waukon, Iowa; and Galena
and Stockton, Ill., all cities in which Hartig Drug Stores are located.
"Many of our pharmacists are graduates of the UI College of Pharmacy,
and we're grateful for their excellent work, which clearly reflects Iowa's
high educational standards," said pharmacist and owner Richard Hartig.
"Also, at a time when there's a national shortage of pharmacists, we
hope scholarships like this will attract students to Iowa and encourage them
to stay on after graduation, serving in Iowa communities."
The creation of scholarships is a high priority for the University of Iowa,
since the awards help the university meet its commitment to making education
accessible to students of all financial backgrounds.
"We are deeply grateful to the Hartigs for their gift to the college,"
said Jordan Cohen, dean of the UI College of Pharmacy. "Their generosity
will support motivated, capable students who might not otherwise have the
means to pursue a pharmacy degree. Often, we have seen that students who receive
such scholarships demonstrate excellence in the classroom, become actively
involved in professional student organizations and ultimately tend to emerge
as leaders of the profession."
The Hartig Scholarship will be granted to a student who has already completed
his or her first year of the pharmacy program, and may be awarded to the same
recipient in successive years as long as the student continues to meet the
The Hartig gift is part of the university's planned comprehensive campaign
to advance the UI's strategic goals for the years 2000-2005. The 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 scholarships and endowed faculty
chairs and professorships; fund outreach and service programs to benefit individuals,
families and communities throughout the state of Iowa; support new educational
and research facilities; build the UI's endowment; and launch 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