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Nov. 11, 2008

At A Glance

Three UI graduate students receive Braverman Scholarships

Three University of Iowa graduate students have been awarded the David and Rosalie Braverman Scholarship, given annually to graduate students with disabilities who have demonstrated academic excellence and who have contributed to the betterment of their undergraduate institutions and communities.

Trent Heck is this year's recipient of the $3,000 scholarship, along with two other graduate students who chose to remain anonymous.

Heck, an Iowa City resident, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology/sociology from Coe College in 2001. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work Degree at the UI. A former police officer and family counselor, Heck is a youth mentor and serves on the boards of two nonprofit organizations, Full Circle and the Iowa Child Advocacy and Resource Effort.

David Braverman and the Braverman family originally endowed a fund in 1976 through the University of Iowa Foundation to support various projects for people with physical disabilities who were attending the UI. The fund is used to supports tudents with disabilities who are enrolled in UI graduate or professional studies.

For more information on the scholarship visit

UI College of Nursing hosting Quad City minority youth conference Nov. 12

The University of Iowa College of Nursing will host the third annual Quad City Minority Partnership Youth Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Approximately 200 Quad Cities-area minority and first-generation high school students (grades 9-12) are expected to attend the conference, which includes a college fair and workshops focusing on careers and the labor market, health and wellness, financial aid and scholarships, choices and decision-making, and leadership. The event also will feature a student panel comprised of currently enrolled college students from the Quad Cities area. Steve Birdine, CEO of Affirmations In Action, will give the keynote address.

For more information contact Valerie Garr, diversity coordinator in the UI College of Nursing, 319-335-7715 or


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