CONTACT: TOM DE PRENGER
Director of Development
Special University Initiatives
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: April 23, 2001
Waterloo physician funds UI Presidential Scholarship
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa graduate Dr. Cassandra Foens has given
her alma mater $150,000 through the UI Foundation to endow a Presidential
Scholarship, the UI's most prestigious scholarship awarded competitively to
first-year students. Presidential Scholars must be in the top 5 percent of
their high school class with an ACT composite score of 30 or above.
A radiation oncologist at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center in Waterloo,
Iowa, Foens said she finds it rewarding to be a source of support for young
people as they embark on their futures.
"A Presidential Scholarship at the University of Iowa is an opportunity
for Iowa's best and brightest to pursue their educational dreams with a passion,"
said Foens, an Iowa native who grew up in Waterloo.
Foens encourages others to make similar contributions so they will have
an opportunity to meet, interact with and mentor young people. "I have
been fortunate. The timing was right for me to do something right now to help
change a young persons life," she said.
"This contribution demonstrates Cassandra Foens commitment to
advancing higher education," said Mark Warner, the UIs director
of student financial aid. "She has been a wonderful model for aspiring
medical students, talented faculty and fellow alumni. This generous endowment
in support of students helps them achieve their goals at the UI as we pursue
our ambitious goals in teaching and research excellence."
Foens completed a bachelors degree in general science in 1983 and
her medical degree in 1987. She completed a residency in radiology oncology
in 1992. Foens practiced medicine in Michigan for two years but says she jumped
at the chance to return to her hometown when a position opened at Covenant
She serves on a number of national medical committees, representing her
medical profession and the state of Iowa, and will serve a two-year term as
head of medical staff at Covenant beginning July 1.
Foens gift is part of the universitys planned comprehensive
campaign to advance the UIs strategic goals for the years 2000-2005.
The campaign, which is in its early stages and for which no final dollar goal
has been established, will be conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation
and will raise funds to substantially increase the number of UI merit- and
need-based scholarships, as well as the number of endowed faculty chairs and
professorships; support eight new educational and research facilities; fund
outreach and service programs to benefit individuals, families, and communities
throughout the state of Iowa; build the UIs endowment; and launch new
initiatives in the arts, sciences, business, health care, and other fields.
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.