Albert E. Anderson and Constance Rivers Anderson Scholarship
For proof that the best gifts sometimes do come in the smallest packages, one need look no further than the short note Albert E. Anderson sent off to the UI Office of the Treasurer in 1982: “We have no children and wish to know if we could establish a fund to help dedicated students who might not be able to get an education without our help.”
In the years since that simple note arrived on campus, more than 60 deserving students like you have benefited from the Anderson’s generosity.
When Constance and Albert grew up in Iowa and studied at the UI in the early 1920s, attending college was considered a privilege, not a right. For many, it was still possible to enter a promising career without the benefit of a college education. For those who sought lives as doctors, lawyers, or engineers, college was a necessary but costly step toward the future. And it still is today.
The Andersons recognized the importance of supporting these students. “We would want to help those whose future depends upon finishing school,” Albert wrote in his 1982 letter.
Although Constance and Albert did not live to see the first of their beneficiaries graduate, the effects of their correspondence are still felt strongly within the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and throughout Iowa’s medical community.
Congratulations on receiving the Albert E. Anderson and Constance Rivers Anderson Scholarship