Educating Our Students

Tomorrow’s leaders are in UI classrooms today

A typical first-year undergraduate student entering the University of Iowa in the fall of 2012 will enjoy her peak earning years between 2030 and 2050. Imagine for a moment how life will change between now and then. In the span of a few decades, advances in technology, the sciences, and geopolitics may render today’s world unrecognizable.

Educating future leaders will require equipping UI students, as the saying goes, with both “roots and wings.” When the future is uncertain, certain types of knowledge and skills become essential. To soar in the years ahead, today’s students must be given a firm foundation in the forces of history and the complexities of the modern world. They also must develop the ability to think critically, creatively, and resourcefully; to work collaboratively as part of a diverse team; and to communicate clearly,whether face-to-face on campus or screen-to-screen across the globe.

The journey to the future begins, first and foremost, with educational access. Throughout this campaign, a special focus will be the creation of additional undergraduate scholarships to help greater numbers of talented Iowa high school graduates pursue their educational goals at the University of Iowa. We also will welcome the generosity of contributors who wish to fund all forms of student aid, for undergraduate students as well as those pursuing advanced and professional degrees.

In addition, we will seek support for the critically important people and programs that help turn educational access into educational success. This includes exceptional faculty members who are fully committed to excellence in the classroom and to including students in their work as world-class scholars and researchers.

Campaign objectives such as these will help ensure that the University of Iowa will continue to educate students to lead and thrive in the 21st century:

  • Endowed scholarships
  • Study-abroad experiences
  • Leadership training
  • Service-learning opportunities
  • Hands-on research experiences
  • Student entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Diversity enrichment programs
  • U.S. and international internships
  • Endowed faculty chairs and professorships
  • Faculty development opportunities

For our students

Tanna Frederick (1999 B.A.) was bitten by the acting bug as a child in Mason City, Iowa, and she’s never looked back.

She began performing in local theatre around the age of nine and, if given the choice, she would have moved to Hollywood right after high school. But her parents insisted on college, and being of modest means, they also thought Frederick should pay her own way. “The UI offered me a scholarship that covered my tuition, so I didn’t have to worry about anything but my grades,” Frederick says. “I wouldn’t have been able to afford college without that assistance.”

Frederick excelled at every level—she majored in theatre arts and political science, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and was both UI Homecoming Queen and valedictorian of her graduating class. And she’s beaten the odds in Hollywood, starring in four films as well as live theatre.

Grateful for her UI support, in 2008 Frederick established an annual theatre-student scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and increased the funding in 2011.

“It’s one of the things I’m happiest about,” Frederick says. “It feels so good to be able to empower someone else’s dreams.”

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Tomorrow's leaders are in UI classrooms today

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