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Release: Sept. 26, 2001

Owners of Hartig Drug Stores create scholarship in UI College of Pharmacy

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Owners of the Iowa-based Hartig Drug Stores have made a $30,000 gift to the University of Iowa Foundation to establish a student scholarship in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Richard and Brenda Hartig, of Dubuque, Iowa, have pledged $30,000 to create the Hartig Scholarship Fund to benefit deserving Iowa students pursuing careers in pharmacy.

The fund will support one or more annual scholarships to the UI College of Pharmacy, to be awarded based on financial need. Preference will be given to students from Dubuque, Dyersville, Iowa City, and Waukon, Iowa; and Galena and Stockton, Ill., all cities in which Hartig Drug Stores are located.

"Many of our pharmacists are graduates of the UI College of Pharmacy, and we're grateful for their excellent work, which clearly reflects Iowa's high educational standards," said pharmacist and owner Richard Hartig. "Also, at a time when there's a national shortage of pharmacists, we hope scholarships like this will attract students to Iowa and encourage them to stay on after graduation, serving in Iowa communities."

The creation of scholarships is a high priority for the University of Iowa, since the awards help the university meet its commitment to making education accessible to students of all financial backgrounds.

"We are deeply grateful to the Hartigs for their gift to the college," said Jordan Cohen, dean of the UI College of Pharmacy. "Their generosity will support motivated, capable students who might not otherwise have the means to pursue a pharmacy degree. Often, we have seen that students who receive such scholarships demonstrate excellence in the classroom, become actively involved in professional student organizations and ultimately tend to emerge as leaders of the profession."

The Hartig Scholarship will be granted to a student who has already completed his or her first year of the pharmacy program, and may be awarded to the same recipient in successive years as long as the student continues to meet the scholarship requirements.

The Hartig gift is part of the university's planned comprehensive campaign to advance the UI's 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 scholarships and endowed faculty chairs and professorships; fund outreach and service programs to benefit individuals, families and communities throughout the state of Iowa; support new educational and research facilities; build the UI's 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