CONTACT: SHANNON MILLER
Associate Director of Development
UI College of Medicine/UIHC
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Nov. 1, 1999
UI College of Medicine celebrates scholarship donors,
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College
of Medicine reports that its first-ever Scholarship Award Luncheon, held at
the UIs Levitt Center for University Advancement Oct. 15 successfully
brought together scores of students and contributors to celebrate a shared
interest in helping others.
Co-sponsored by the College of Medicine and the University
of Iowa Foundation, the event was attended by 31 UI medical students who received
privately funded scholarships for the 1999-2000 academic year and several
contributors from around Iowa and the Midwest for whom the scholarships are
named. Dr. Peter Densen, the colleges associate dean of student affairs
and curriculum, said the event was the first of many planned for the future.
"Its a time of celebration and a time of
building a new ceremony that we hope will only grow over the years,"
Densen noted that the average debt incurred by a UI
medical student is $70,000. This makes private giving more critical than ever,
he emphasized, in offering the best possible opportunities for UI students
to further their education and careers.
More than 40 contributors have responded to this need
by creating endowed scholarship funds in the UI College of Medicine through
gifts to the UI Foundation. The earnings from these funds provided nearly
$530,000 in annual scholarships for the current academic year.
Sad Sayeed, a fourth-year medical student from Des
Moines, paid tribute to the donors by noting that their compassionate giving
in turn helps students become compassionate physicians.
"We share an indomitable desire to help others
in need," Sayeed said of his fellow medical students. "For us, you
are role models of the first sort. As benefactors, youre doing much
more than merely helping us pay off our debts -- youre demonstrating
the same altruistic spirit that fuels our desire to become compassionate care-givers."
College of Medicine Dean Robert Kelch, M.D. also hailed
the contributors generosity by commenting on the future impact of their
"These benefactors are investing in the future,
and theyre choosing to do so by investing in the education of outstanding
students," Kelch said.
Scholarship contributors attending the luncheon included
UI alumni Donald H. Beisner, M.D. and his wife Judith Ann Beisner of Springfield,
Mo., who sponsor four scholarships per year; Thomas L. and Mary Cain of Burlington,
sponsors of a scholarship each year in memory of their son, Thomas C. Cain;
UI alumnus and College of Liberal Arts emeritus professor Richard G. Kessel
of Iowa City; Emily Slemmons Spencer of Iowa City, whose family endows a scholarship
in memory of her mother-in-law; and former UI professor Dr. Hamed Hassan Tewfik
of Iowa City, sponsor of two annual scholarships with UI alumna and former
professor Dr. Ferial Abbassy-Tewfik.
Melanie Bone, a second-year student from West Des
Moines, noted that in addition to the financial assistance provided by the
contributors generosity, there is another, less tangible benefit of
being awarded a privately funded scholarship.
"This means so much more to me than just the
monetary value," she said. "I was chosen because someone believed
that I did belong here and had faith in me to succeed. This gives me a source
She said she hopes to repay that gift by working toward
a better society through not only her work as a physician, but also by helping
future medical students. "My goal as a recipient is to be a benefactor
someday," said Bone.
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 and friends to provide support
for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements, equipment purchases,
research funds, and other support for the UI.