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Release: June 7, 2001

Mimi Chao receives $10,000 AAUW scholarship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mimi Chao, a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, has received a $10,000 scholarship from the Association of American University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation. The AAUW is the largest source of funding in the world exclusively for graduate women. Each year, the AAUW distributes more than $3.3 million in fellowships, grants and awards.

Chao received the Selected Professions Fellowship. This is awarded to women who plan to pursue a full-time course of study in designated degree programs where women's participation is traditionally low, such as medicine, engineering and law.

"I feel very honored to have received a $10,000 fellowship towards my education, and I am very grateful for all the help I received from supportive physicians and the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum in preparation of my application," Chao said.

Chao is a native of Taipei, Taiwan and moved to Sioux City at age 10. She fulfilled her undergraduate study at the University of Chicago, receiving bachelor's degrees in biological chemistry and chemistry before coming to the UI.

The AAUW is composed of three corporations including the association, the AAUW Educational Foundation and the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

For more information about the AAUW Educational Foundation, visit www.aauw.org.

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