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July 24, 2008

UI awards scholarships to six 2 Plus 2 transfer students

The University of Iowa has awarded 2 Plus 2 Transfer Scholarships to six Iowa community college students who will be transferring to the UI this fall.

Recipients of the new scholarship, which is worth $1,000 per year for up to two years, include four students from Kirkwood Community College and two students from the Eastern Iowa Community College District, which includes Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine community colleges.

Kirkwood recipients include Anthony Pompo, Casey Everts, David Rainey of Cedar Rapids; and Giorgio Daddezio of North Liberty. Recipients from the EICC District include Travis Overton of Long Grove and Osama 'Malki of Muscatine.

The 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan provides valuable planning resources for Iowa community college students in select majors who intend to transfer to UI after earning an associate of arts degree. Participants who follow the plan's degree-planning checkpoints are guaranteed a UI bachelor's degree after just two additional years of study.

Eligibility for participation in the plan was expanded to all Iowa community colleges in 2007, and the university expects to award more scholarships as participation grows.

"College costs are increasing and students are working hard for their achievements," said Michael Barron, UI assistant provost for enrollment services and director of admissions. "The 2 Plus 2 Scholarship allows those high-achieving, goal-driven students to put their efforts to work helping to defray the cost of their education."

The university has been collaborating with Iowa community colleges to enhance opportunities for transfer students since 1972.

"The 2 Plus 2 plan provides the physical connections that can help transfer students build strong academic -- and even emotional -- ties to the university before they arrive on our campus," Barron said.

Once accepted into 2 Plus 2, which occurs before the student begins his or her second year at a community college, the student is quickly connected with an Iowa admission counselor and academic advisor to help with planning. Participants also enjoy access to resources in the UI Pomerantz Career Center and University Libraries, and are guaranteed early registration for their first semester of classes at the UI.

Participants additionally receive an official UI student ID, a UI e-mail account, and are eligible for discounted admission to select UI athletic and cultural events.

The 2 Plus 2 plan is available to Iowa community college students intending to pursue about 20 majors offered at the UI, including business, psychology, and social work, and the university is investigating ways to increase the number of eligible majors and developing alternative resources for students pursuing majors not available under 2 Plus 2.

Beginning this fall, up to 25 2 Plus 2 Transfer Scholarships will be awarded each year students based on the student's cumulative transfer grade-point average. The scholarship may be renewed for one year if the student meets the plan's graduation checkpoints at Iowa.

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For more details about UI scholarships for Iowa transfer students, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dave Malott, UI Office of Admissions, 319-335-1565,; George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Aly Dolan