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Alumni couple’s gift creating scholarships in the UI College of Engineering recognizes mentors

April 11, 2012

A $100,000 gift to the University of Iowa Foundation will create two scholarships for undergraduate students in the UI College of Engineering.

The gift from Ko-Chang and Maria Pan of Fort Myers, Florida, creates two scholarship funds: the Ko-Chang and Maria Weiyi Liu Pan Engineering Scholarship and the Dr. Royce E. and Shirley N. Beckett Engineering Scholarship. The latter is named in honor of Royce Beckett, a former UI engineering professor, and his wife, Shirley, of Davenport, Iowa, who served as strong mentors to Ko-Chang and Maria as they pursued their degrees at the UI.

Ko-Chang received a Ph.D. degree in mechanics and hydraulics from the University of Iowa in 1969. Maria received a Master of Science degree in mathematical statistics from the UI in 1967.

Both scholarships will be awarded annually, and candidates must meet requirements set forth by the college.

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