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University of Iowa Foundation Release


Aug. 28, 2007

$6 million gift will expand UI study-abroad opportunities

Many more University of Iowa students will be able to study abroad thanks to a $6 million gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from the estate of Ann U. Morse of Fort Myers, Fla.

The bequest creates and endows the Ann Morse Study Abroad Scholarships, which will enable the UI Office for Study Abroad, a unit of UI International Programs, to offer undergraduate study-abroad opportunities to UI colleges and student populations that have not widely participated in such programming.

Each year more than 1,100 UI students study abroad in some 50 countries, an experience the UI considers crucial as students prepare for careers and lives in an increasingly global society and economy. The Office for Study Abroad awarded more than $400,000 in need- and merit-based scholarships during the 2006-07 academic year.

The Morse gift will significantly increase existing financial aid and scholarship support for study abroad, allowing the university to award generous study-abroad scholarships to approximately 150 additional UI students each year. The gift allows for flexibility in awarding the scholarships and in responding to changing student interests and needs over time.

"We are excited to work with deans and directors across campus to use these resources to develop new study-abroad opportunities for their students," said William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of UI International Programs. "Mrs. Morse felt it was important for students to spend time in other countries to broaden their perspective of the world. She has left an enduring legacy at the UI that will resonate for generations, and we are very grateful for her vision and generosity."

Ann Morse died in 2006. Her husband, John H. Morse, who died in 2004, graduated with a B.A. degree in general studies from the UI in 1930 and went on to earn an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Yale University. He and Ann were loyal and generous supporters of his undergraduate alma mater, giving more than $1 million to UI initiatives during their lifetimes. John was a founding member of the UI Foundation board of directors and won a distinguished alumni award from the UI Alumni Association in 1970. He was a partner at the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore, and was vice chairman of the board for National Forge Co. in New York City.

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad; heighten intellectual and cultural diversity; and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university.  For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its web site at

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACTS: Derek Pendergast, associate director of development, major gifts, The University of Iowa Foundation, 319-335-3305;; Janis Perkins, director, UI Office for Study Abroad, 319-335-0353,; Writer: Nic Arp, UI Foundation