CONTACT: ANDY PRIO
Director of Development
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Sept. 15, 2000
Christine H. B. Grant Scholarship Fund is announced
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Christine H. B. Grant Scholarship Fund has been created
through the University of Iowa Foundation to honor the UI's longtime director
of women's intercollegiate athletics, who announced her retirement last June.
A generous lead gift from Dr. Sue Beckwith of Des Moines started the scholarship
fund to pay tribute to Grant's successful career. Beckwith earned a B.S. degree
in 1980 and an M.D. degree in 1984 from the UI and was a UI basketball letter
winner from 1976 to 1980. Through gifts from other alumni and friends of the
University, the Foundation plans to raise at least $250,000 to provide perpetual
funding for an endowed scholarship -- fully covering tuition, room and board,
and student fees for a female student-athlete at the UI each year.
"Christine Grant has devoted her career to achieving equality and excellence
in women's athletics," Beckwith said. "This scholarship is a fitting
tribute to a woman who has worked tirelessly both at the University of Iowa
and on a national level to promote women in sports."
University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman said the scholarship "will
acknowledge and permanently recognize Christine Grant's outstanding accomplishments
as UI director of women's athletics. Hawkeye fans can help ensure that Christine
Grant will have an enduring impact on future generations of UI student-athletes
by contributing to the scholarship fund created in her honor."
Grant, a pioneer in women's athletics, came to the UI in 1973. During her
27-year tenure, she enhanced the women's program to include 12 NCAA-level
sports that won or shared 27 Big Ten Conference titles. She is a founding
member and former president of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW), an expert consultant for the Civil Rights Title IX Task
Force, and current chair of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics
Administrators (NACWAA) Gender Equity Committee.
To contribute to the Christine H. B. Grant Scholarship Fund, contact the
I-Club Office at the UI Foundation at P. O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550;
or call (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to
all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends
to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements,
equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.