CONTACT: ROBERT RAVENSCROFT
Development Director, Education
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Attention: Waterloo Media
First Ted Wheeler Scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen
IOWA CITY Iowa -- Two Waterloo high school seniors are the first to
receive the Ted Wheeler Scholarship for minority students enrolling in
science programs at the University of Iowa.
The students are Dara T. Hickman, who plans to major in psychology,
and Darius A. Bailey, who is interested in chemical engineering. Both
will be in the UI Honors Program in September. Ted Wheeler, retired UI
head track coach, said he initiated the scholarship to give today's students
life-building opportunities similar to the ones he experienced as a UI
"It's an honor to have an opportunity to give minority students
this UI experience," Wheeler said. "I feel fortunate to have
gotten my education from this university, and it's a privilege for me to
be able to encourage other African-Americans to enjoy many of the benefits
that I was able to have."
During the 1950s Wheeler was a successful UI track athlete, qualifying
for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1952 and again in 1956 when he competed
in the Olympics in Australia. He graduated from the UI in 1957 with a
bachelor's degree in political science. From 1978 to 1996, Wheeler served
as UI head track coach.
Wheeler said the UI community provides positive role models for young
adults and exposes them to "a culture that's sensitive to the whole
world. There probably isn't a better place to bring minority students
to expose them to diverse national and global influences."
"I appreciate the fact that Mr. Wheeler is searching out young
people who truly are trying to get their education and be successful,"
said Hickman, whose activities include school and church leadership roles,
and playing the euphonium in her high school marching band. Wheeler chose
to create science scholarships because he wanted to encourage high-caliber
students to enter those fields. Students receive the partial scholarships
for four years.
The scholarship fund has been supported by many contributors and encouraged
by university science faculty, especially James Van Allen, professor emeritus
of physics and astronomy. People wishing to contribute to the Ted Wheeler
Scholarship may send their gifts to The University of Iowa Foundation,
P. O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa., 52244-4550.
The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel for private
support of all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff members
work with the university's administration, colleges, and departments to
set fund-raising priorities, expand the base of contributors, provide stewardship
to multiply funds already raised, and conduct a variety of activities and
fund-raising campaigns that advance the UI's institutional goals.