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Release: Nov. 29, 2001

UI's Evans receives Robert Ray Staff Scholarship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa staff member Margaret J. Evans (formerly Margaret Watson), a 1984 graduate of Muscatine High School, has been awarded a $1,500 Robert F. Ray Staff Scholarship for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Evans, an assistant in the UI College of Education's Grant and Research Services, was presented the scholarship during an August luncheon hosted by Ray's widow, Iowa City radio personality Dottie Ray.

Evans is working on a bachelor's degree in business administration from the UI's Tippie College of Business, with a major in management and organizations and a minor in English. She expects to graduate in August 2002.

Evans has been on the College of Education staff for nearly two years. Prior to that she was managing editor of the Journal of Prosthodontics at the UI College of Dentistry for three and a half years.

The UI Division of Continuing Education awards the scholarship each year to a UI staff member pursuing a degree at the university. It is intended to cover the cost of tuition for up to three courses, two of which must be taken through the Division of Continuing Education.

The scholarship was established in 1992 to honor the contributions and vision of Robert F. Ray. Ray joined the UI in 1949 as a professor of political science and served as the dean of the Division of Continuing Education from 1963 until his death in 1982. A recognized leader in distance education, regional accreditation, forensics and intercollegiate athletics, Ray believed in providing educational access to people of all ages and incomes. He and his wife were instrumental in founding the local Ronald McDonald House.