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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

July 12, 2006

Carver Trust Awards Grants To UI Libraries, College Of Education

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has awarded two grants to the University of Iowa that will make information more readily accessible to medical and scientific researchers, as well as help the UI offer career-education services to rural high school students in Iowa. The grants, totaling $393,902, were made through the UI Foundation.

The first grant, in the amount of $298,927, was awarded to UI Libraries and reflects the trust's ongoing interest in supporting medical and scientific research. The grant will help the libraries purchase online access to archived issues of medical and scientific journals. The titles and packages chosen for access will bring the greatest benefit across the broadest range of bioscience research interests on campus, and have been requested by many UI researchers.

The second grant, in the amount of $94,975, was awarded by the trust to Assistant Professor Saba Rasheed Ali of the UI College of Education. The grant will enable Ali and her colleagues to develop and implement a pilot program offering career-education services, also referred to as career intervention, to rural high school students in three locations in Iowa. Ali and her team will conduct series of workshops with ninth graders in Columbus Junction, Muscatine and West Liberty to help the students identify their career interests and determine how best to use their educational opportunities to achieve their career goals. The researchers will follow the students' progress for two years, evaluating school performance and the degree to which academic choices are aligned with career plans.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust was established by the estate of industrialist and philanthropist Roy J. Carver, Sr., of Muscatine. Carver died in 1981. The trust has been supporting the UI since 1987, and it has made gifts to UI programs every year since that time. Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust gifts and pledges to the university, in addition to gifts made by the late Roy Carver and his widow, Lucille Carver, exceed $126 million to date. In addition to gifts to the College of Education, the trust has supported the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; the UI Colleges of Dentistry, Engineering, Law and Liberal Arts and Sciences; UI Libraries; Hancher Auditorium; UI intercollegiate athletics; student aid; and other UI programs.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university.  For more information about the foundation, visit its web site at www.uiowafoundation.org.

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

CONTACTS: UI Libraries grant: Randy Rumery, Director of Gift Planning; (319) 335-3305; randy-rumery@uiowa.edu. College of Education grant: Jaye Kennedy, Director of Development, College of Education; (319) 335-3305; jaye-kennedy@uiowa.edu. Writer: Nic Arp