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New UI Presidential Scholarship to be Awarded
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four new annual Presidential Scholarships were established
through the University of Iowa Foundation, the first of which will be awarded
this spring to an outstanding Iowa student who plans to enroll as a freshman
at the University of Iowa this fall.
Generous support from Richard R. Turney, a 1952 UI graduate, and his
wife, Jean T. Turney, (daughter of John and LaVerle Thiele of Maynard,
Iowa) of Sanibel, Fla., endowed the new fund to support the scholarships.
The Richard R. Turney and Jean Thiele Turney Presidential Scholarship
Fund is part of the university's most distinguished scholarship program
for entering freshmen.
"The education I received at The University of Iowa provided a
strong foundation for what Jean and I were able to accomplish," said
Richard Turney. "I was fortunate to receive scholarship assistance
as an undergraduate at Iowa, and now I want to perpetuate that tradition
by creating opportunities for students from my home state and hometown."
The first annual award will be made by the UI Office of Student Financial
Aid to an entering freshman student from Iowa, with preference given to
students who demonstrate financial need and are graduates of Oelwein Senior
High School, West Central High School, or other Fayette County, Iowa, high
Students who rank in the top five percent of their high school class
and have an ACT composite score of 30 or higher (or an SAT combined score
of 1,270) are eligible for the award. Qualified students are encouraged
to contact their high school counselor or the UI Office of Orientation
and Admissions at (319) 335-1450 for more information. The $7,000 award
is renewable for eight semesters (or four years), as long as the student
After receiving his bachelor's degree in political science from the
UI, Richard Turney earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. He practiced
law with Baker and Hostetler in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1957 to 1995, and
currently is an independent investor and real estate developer. Jean Turney,
an interior designer, is a graduate of Iowa State University.
Through the Turneys' endowment of the scholarship fund, Jean Turney
joined her husband as a member of The Presidents Club, the university's
highest honor club for contributors. The Turneys also have supported the
Iowa Opportunity Fund, the UI Foundation's university-wide fund for areas
of greatest need.
The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support
for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation
staff work with alumni, friends and businesses to provide scholarships
and other forms of support for the UI.