Through the generosity of alumni, donors and friends of the College of Education we are able to provide scholarships for students. 

The 2019-20 scholarship application period is closed. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by March 2020. The College of Education Scholarship Brunch will be April 25, 2020.

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The 2019-20 scholarship application period is closed. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by March 2020. The College of Education Scholarship Brunch will be April 25, 2020.

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Scholarships for Veterans

Two additional scholarships for veterans require separate applications:

  • Ernie T. Pascarella Military Veteran Promise Award
  • Paul Larson Military/Veteran Student Scholarship

Visit the I-SERVE page for more information

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The gift of scholarships from friends and alumni help students realize their aspirations to the fullest.

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College of Education Dean's Office
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Scholarships

Albert Hood Promising Scholar Award

Awarded to a doctoral student in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education and to a doctoral student in Higher Education and Student Affairs with an approved prospectus. Established by Jean M. Hood on the occasion of the retirement of her husband, Dr. Hood.

Professor Hood joined the UI College of Education faculty in 1965.  He is internationally known in the area of college student development and is a prolific publisher and presenter with more than 100 publications, Professor Hood has directed more than 60 Ph.D. dissertations and twice served as chair of the Division of Counselor Education. 

Ann Ramsey and Richard E. Posey Scholarship

Awarded to a student who is a junior pursuing a career in teaching or education. Renewable for student’s senior year as long as student maintains the required GPA. Established by Ann Ramsey Posey (BA '69).

In 1969, Ann (Ramsey) Posey graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Education and Sociology.  Ann's career started with teaching positions in Iowa and Michigan and, after a long hiatus working as a mother and community volunteer, finished at The Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia.

Ann and her husband, Richard, have two married daughters, Sarah and Katherine.

Richard graduated Cum Laude from the School of Arts and Letters at the University of Southern California and received his MBA from the University of Michigan.  Richard retired in 2007 as the President and CEO of Moen Incorporated.  They make their home in Richmond, Virginia.  

Barry Bratton Memorial Award

Awarded to a graduate student in the College of Education who has completed some coursework that reflects a commitment to the systematic design and improvement of instructional processes and material and established by Marlys Dunphy (MA '79/EdS '87) in memory of Dr. Bratton.

Dr. Bratton, an associate professor in the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, He came to The University of Iowa in 1975 as a project director of instructional development in the College of Medicine. He joined the College of Education faculty in 1976, where he taught in the Instructional Design and Technology Program until he retired due to ill health. Dr. Bratton died in 1997 at age 53.

He was widely published in this field and had made a number of presentations nationally and internationally. He was active in several national organizations, having served as president of the Division of Instructional Development for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. He received various awards for outstanding contributions to the field including an Alumnus Award from the Educational Systems Development Program at Michigan State University where he received his doctorate. 

Betty Piercy Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student in the field of reading.

Betty Piercy was a language arts coordinator in the Iowa City Community School District.  Ms. Piercy, who died in 1976, was one of the first organizers of the International Reading Association with generous contributions from the Iowa City chapter.

Blommers-Hieronymus-Feldt Fellowship

Awarded to doctoral students in educational measurement and statistics and established through gifts given in honor of Professors Blommers, Hieronymus and Feldt.

Paul J. Blommers joined the University faculty in 1943, first as Secretary of the Committee on Examinations and then as Registrar and Examiner.  He served for one year as Acting Dean of the College of Education and was Chair of the Division of Educational Psychology, Measurement an Statistics from 1966 until his death in 1977.  A widely published authority in the area of measurement and statistics, Professor Blommers was a highly respected member of the faculty.

Albert N. Hieronymus joined the College of Education faculty in 1948, the same year he was appointed Director of the Iowa Basic Skills Testing Program.  His work in the Iowa Testing Programs and his numerous publications in the field of testing have resulted in national and international recognition of that program.  Professor Hieronymus retired in 1987 but was active within the department until his death in 2007.

Leonard S. Feldt joined the College of Education in 1954.  He served as Chair of the Iowa High School Testing Program from 1960 until 1981 when he became Director of the Iowa Testing Programs and was named E. F. Lindquist Professor of Educational Measurement.  He served as a division chair for a total of ten years.  Professor Feldt was widely published in the field of educational measurement and statistics.  He retired in 1994 and passed away in 2012.

Charlotte and Ruby Junge Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in elementary or secondary education who will be student teaching for a full semester. Established by Dr. Charlotte Junge (MA '39/PhD '44) in memory of her sister, Dr. Ruby Junge (PhD '46).

Charlotte and Ruby both received their undergraduate degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.  Charlotte spent most of her teaching career on the faculty at Wayne State University and Ruby was on the faculty at Michigan State University.  They retired together and moved to Sacramento, CA to be near family.  While a graduate student at Iowa, Charlotte taught at the University School and credits her education from Iowa as providing her the opportunities for professional advancement

COE Minority Student Award

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student of color in the College of Education who is active in working with equity issues in the College and has contributed in a positive manner to the life of the College. Established through the estate of Professor Emeritus Ursula Delworth.

Daniel G. Loetscher Memorial Science Education Scholarship

Awarded to students pursuing secondary education with an emphasis in the sciences. Preference will be given to those pursuing an emphasis in chemistry. Established by Ryan Shandor in memory of his grandfather, Daniel Loetscher (BA '24/MS '26).

Daniel G. Loetscher, a native of Sibley, Iowa, matriculated at The University of Iowa in September 1919 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry plus an education certificate in 1924. He then continued his studies of chemistry at the graduate level, graduating with a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a minor in mineralogy in 1926, which qualified him for an education certificate with advanced standing. He began work on his Ph.D. shortly after that, but eventually had to drop out of the program because of a lack of funds.

Mr. Loetscher truly loved chemistry and spent over 35 years in the field after leaving The University of Iowa, both as a teacher and as a professional. This award assists others in advancing their knowledge and study of the subject.

David and Connie Belin Honors Award

Awarded to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program and established through gifts given in honor of David and Connie Belin.

Dean's Award of Excellence

Awarded to students who demonstrate strong academic performance; commitment to their program, department, and the College of Education; and a commitment to civic engagement.

Debra Clausen Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student in the College of Education who will work at the Hospital School (now the Center for Disabilities and Development) to evaluate and develop learning programs for students with mental disabilities, including Down Syndrome, or to students pursuing careers in special education and established by J. Christian and Geraldine K. Clausen in memory of their daughter, Debra.

Debra was born with Down Syndrome in 1951 to Chris and Gerry Clausen, long-time residents and farmers in Hills, IA.  Chris and Gerry devoted themselves to raising Debra in a loving and normal environment and supported her food service training in the UI Hospital School where she then worked for 25 years.  Debra’s family feels she was able to reach her potential because of the care and understanding of outstanding teachers.  Debra died in 1996 due to complications from Alzheimer’s.  

Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell and Dr. Fred T. Caldwell Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in early childhood development including the fields of education, sociology, psychology, and other related academic programs. This is a merit-based scholarship established by Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell (MA '46) and Dr. Fred T. Caldwell Jr., M.D.

Dr. Caldwell has had an impressive career in the field of early childhood development and helped to create the Children’s Center, considered the first infant daycare center in the U.S., and many other programs for preschoolers.  Her numerous honors include the Dolly Madison Award, one of early childhood education’s most prestigious awards.

Duane D. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a transfer student from an Iowa community college who is enrolled in a program in the College of Education and established through gifts given in memory of Dr. Anderson.

Duane Anderson (B.A. University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, M.A. Northwestern University, Ph.D. University of Michigan) was an authority on community college administration. Dr. Anderson served as President of Juneau County College and Columbia County College in Wisconsin.

Duane D. Anderson joined the UI College of Education faculty in 1965. He was a Professor of Higher Education and Director of the UI Office of Community College Affairs until his retirement in 1991. Dr. Anderson served as a division chair in the College of Education from 1972 to 1978. He directed and coordinated Great Teachers and Administrative Dimensions workshops at Lake Okoboji for many years and was a frequent presenter at state and national meetings.

He was widely recognized for his work with community colleges. He wanted to be known as a good teacher, but he was also an authority on the development of community colleges and a strong voice for them.

Edgar M. and Evelyn Benzler Tanruther Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate and/or graduate students in the field of elementary education. Established through the estate of Edgar Tanruther (MA '29/PhD '37).

Emily C. Wagner Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student in secondary education with an English education teaching degree who will be student teaching in the academic year following the award. Preference for students who are residents of Iowa with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need. Established by Richard and Sandy Wagner in memory of their daughter Emily (BA '97).

This award was established to honor Emily Wagner, a vibrant woman and exceptional educator who inspired many around her.  Emily died in May 2010 at the age of 30 after a courageous struggle with cancer.  She was admired for her zest for life, love of language, and superb teaching skills.  Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Emily graduated from Roosevelt High School and the University of Iowa, where she majored in English and communications.  She joined Teach for America and taught middle school language arts in Phoenix, AZ while earning her M.A. at Arizona State University.  Moving to Chicago, Emily continued her career as a language arts teacher at Francis Granger Middle School in Aurora.

Emily had a passion for reading and writing, and she took great pride in choosing novels for her class, selecting books that she knew would deeply resonate with her students.  Her love for rich vocabulary and written expression influenced hundreds of students who entered her classroom during her seven-year teaching career.  She set high academic standards for her students, motivating them with her sense of humor and her ability to inspire them to reach their full potential.

Emma E. Holmes Education Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student in any program in the College of Education. Based on merit and need, the recipient must be a U.S. citizen with first preference for a student in the top 20 percent of his/her class with second preference for a student with demonstrated need. Established by gifts from Dr. Holmes (PhD '61).

Dr. Emma Bauman Holmes received her Ph.D. in Elementary Education from The University of Iowa.  She received her A.B. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Dr. Holmes' professional career spanned over forty years during which she served as a classroom teacher in Elmhurst, Illinois and San Jose, California; as an instructor at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; and as a professor of education and child development in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University at Fullerton from which she retired in 1990. 

Dr. Holmes authored a number of books about teaching mathematics to elementary school children and was named an Outstanding Educator in America. 

English as a Second Language Scholarship

Awarded to graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education.

Erwin and Louise Wasta International Scholarship

Awarded to an international student in the College of Education. Established by Stephanie Wasta (MA '89/PhD '93) in honor of her grandparents.

Dr. Emma Bauman Holmes received her Ph.D. in Elementary Education from The University of Iowa.  She received her A.B. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Dr. Holmes' professional career spanned over forty years during which she served as a classroom teacher in Elmhurst, Illinois and San Jose, California; as an instructor at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; and as a professor of education and child development in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University at Fullerton from which she retired in 1990. 

Dr. Holmes authored a number of books about teaching mathematics to elementary school children and was named an Outstanding Educator in America. 

Franklin D. and Louise P. Stone International Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding international student pursuing a Ph.D. in the College of Education. Applicants must have completed at least two full semesters in residence at the University of Iowa and have at least a year of study remaining. Established by Louise Stone in memory of her husband, Dr. Stone (MA '42/PhD '63).

This award was established as a memorial for Dr. Franklin D. Stone, Professor of Educational Administration, following his death in 1983. He had a life-time interest in international education. Dr. Stone received his B.A. from Jamestown College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. His professional career spanned nearly half a century during which he served as teacher, principal, superintendent, and, for nineteen years, as a professor in the College of Education. During his tenure at The University of Iowa, Dr. Stone was actively involved in international education and was a member of the Society for International Development and the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration.

Gladys and Margaret Harvey Education Scholarship

Awarded to students who show financial need and who are enrolled in the College of Education. Established through gifts made by Margaret K. Harvey in memory of her sister Gladys Harvey (BA '25).

Grace Phelps Stucker Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate teacher education student. Established by Carolyn Stucker (BA ’73/MA ’80) in memory of her mother, Grace Phelps Stucker (BA ’72).

Grace Stucker graduated from West Liberty High School and the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in education.  She began teaching at the Atalissa Country School and later taught third grade at Wilton Community School District for 28 years.  She continued teaching by tutoring students in her home until shortly before her death in 2011.  

Guy and Gladys Peterson Scholarship

Awarded to students admitted to the teacher education program at the University of Iowa that have completed at least 12 hours of education coursework. Established by Jessica Ann Vogel (BA '58) in memory of her parents, Guy and Gladys Peterson.

H. D. Hoover Fund for Excellence

Awarded to a graduate student working on mathematics achievement testing in the elementary grades and established through gifts given in honor of Professor H.D. Hoover (MA ‘67/PhD ‘69).

H. D. Hoover Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student working on mathematics achievement testing in the elementary grades. Funds provide an extra stipend for a period of three years during graduate study. This award is in addition to the student’s graduate assistantship.

Harvey H. Davis Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding graduate student in educational leadership with preference given to nominees interested in the financing of education.

Dr. Davis was born in Iowa in 1894 and was reared in this state. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Iowa. He taught in rural schools in Iowa and served as a school administrator in Carrollton, Illinois, and in St. Louis. In 1928, he became a member of the Ohio State Department of Education as well as a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University, and in 1942 was appointed Vice-President in charge of faculty and instruction.

Dr. Davis returned to The University of Iowa in 1948 as Executive Dean for Teaching and Research and as Dean of the Graduate College. In 1963, Dr. Davis was named Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration. He died in 1969.

Dr. Davis received numerous citations and honors for his service and dedication to higher education including an LL.D. degree from Bowling Green State University and the Distinguished Service Award from Kent State University.

Helen Mackin Nichol Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who are Iowa residents studying to be secondary teachers and who plan to teach and work with mentally and emotionally disturbed children. Established through the estate of Helen Mackin Nichol (BA '23).

Helen Nichol taught in the communities of Clarinda, Knoxville, Mount Pleasant, Ames, Colo, and Gilbert. She completed her career by teaching at Cromwell Children’s Unit at Independence Mental Health Institute.  She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, PEO, and the Iowa State Education Association.

Howard R. Jones Achievement Award

Awarded to worthy undergraduate or graduate students. Established through gifts from colleagues and friends at the time of Dr. Jones's retirement.

Dean Jones earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. degree from Yale University. In 1970, the University of Minnesota honored him with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Regents. Dean Jones’ professional career spanned nearly half a century.  At various times, he served as teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent, college teacher and administrator. He died in 1986.

Through his efforts, the UI College of Education occupied its first permanent site with the completion of the second phase of the Lindquist Center in 1980. To honor him at the dedication, the student-faculty lounge of that facility was named the Howard R. Jones Commons.

Jack Bagford Elementary Education Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student in elementary education who will be student teaching during the academic year following the award. The recipient must be a resident of Iowa. It was established by W. Christine Rauscher (MA '72 / PhD '78) in honor of Dr. Bagford.

Jake and Kimberly Chung Scholarship

Awarded to a teacher education student for their student teaching semester and established by Jhoon Jake Chung (BA ’96) and Kimberly Dierks Chung (BA ’98).

Jake Chung began his teaching career in the Houston area and then relocated to the Chicago area in 1997.  As a new classroom teacher he won the Sallie Mae First Class Teaching award for the State of Illinois.  When he became a building principal he began to facilitate student teaching placements in his school district and recruited teachers at the University of Iowa teaching job fair.  Jake was recently appointed principal of South Middle School in the Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 after having served four years as principal of Hoover Math and Science Academy in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54.    Jake’s wife, Kimberly is a Speech-Language Pathologist and they reside in Arlington Heights, IL.

James and Coretta Stroud Fellowship

Awarded to an outstanding graduate student in educational psychology. Established by Dr. James and Coretta Stroud.

Born in 1897 in Hiawassee, Georgia, James Stroud overcame many obstacles associated with his rural origins. He received his B.A. degree from Lincoln Memorial University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.  Professor Stroud joined the UI faculty in 1938 as Associate Professor of Education and Psychology.

Dr. Stroud founded the Iowa program for training special education teachers and was a guiding force in the initial years of the Iowa School Psychologist Association and the Iowa Council for Exceptional Children. He became Professor Emeritus in 1965. 

James and Coretta Stroud both died in 1989. Dr. Stroud made significant contributions to learning theory through the integration of psychological principles and educational practices, particularly in the area of reading. On a personal level, James and Coretta Stroud influenced the field of education through their loving support of hundreds of students over nearly half a century.

John H. Haefner Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student who will be student teaching in the area of social studies education. Established in the memory of Dr. Haefner (BA '23 / MA '39 / PhD '42).

John Haefner began his teaching career in Muscatine, IA and in 1936 he accepted a graduate assistantship as a teacher in the University High School at the University of Iowa which permitted him to pursue his doctorate degree.  He served on the faculty and as chair of the Department of Social Studies until U-High was closed in 1972.  As a faculty member in the College of Education he taught pre-service teachers, and many masters and doctoral students.  He retired from the university in 1982 after 44 years of dedicated service, but remained active in education and service until the early 1990s.

Among Dr. Haefner’s extensive service to professional and community organizations was serving as president of the National Council for the Social Studies in 1953 and as a Faculty Fellow of the Ford Foundation Fund for the Advancement of Education from 1954-55.  As a resident of Iowa City he influenced many organizations and was a volunteer for the State Historical Society of Iowa, Crisis Center, IRIS, the Iowa Reading Information Service, and Mercy Hospital LIFE LINE.

This scholarship was established in 2011 with a lead gift from Dr. Mary Hepburn (MA ’58) and through memorial gifts, and pays tribute to Dr. Haefner’s legacy as a wise and trusted mentor, respected professor, and lifelong leader in social studies education.

John Leonard Davies Scholarship

Awarded to a student who is a first or second semester senior in the Department of Teaching and Learning who is viewed as being creative and having outstanding potential for success in the field of K-12 education and established by Elva Davies (MA '72) in memory of her husband, Dr. Davies (MA '43/PhD '49).

A 1929 graduate of Upper Iowa University, J. Leonard Davies began his teaching career at Tennant, Iowa. Later while serving as superintendent of the Howard County Schools, he received his master’s degree at the University of Iowa. He left the county superintendency to become a staff member of the Iowa State Education Association in Des Moines. Taking leave from that position, he served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II. Following the war, he returned to the State University of Iowa where he received his doctorate in 1949.

As President of the Iowa State Education Association in 1953, Dr. Davies was instrumental in effecting the eventual purchase of Salisbury House in Des Moines, Iowa. Later he served in several capacities to bring about the building and successful operation of Heather Manor, a retirement home for teachers and others.

Judith Young Saunders Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing a degree in teacher education. When possible, preference should be given to students with severe visual impairments. Established by James H. Burke (BA '49) in memory of his niece, Judith Saunders (BA '68).

Judith was born sighted, but lost her vision after surgery for a brain tumor when she was seven years old.  Her disability did not stop her from choosing the profession of her grandmother and mother, and she found success despite the fact that she was blind and often had to fight for her acceptance.  Although University of Iowa officials initially resisted admitting her to the College because of concerns about her disability, Judy became the first blind student to earn her teaching degree at The University of Iowa.  She became Iowa’s first sightless public school teacher when she took on her first teaching position at Olmsted School in Urbandale. 

In 1969 Judy married her husband, Curtis, a chiropractor who was also blind.  They moved to Devils Lake, North Dakota, where she became the only blind teacher working in the state.  While she initially faced resistance from parents, they eventually accepted her and Judy noted that her blindness presented an opportunity for her students to learn in new ways.  After one semester she left teaching to raise the first of her three sons and did not return to the classroom.  In 1981 she died of cancer at age 36.

Judy Skalsky Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Art Education. Established by Rose E. Skalsky in memory of her daughter, Judy Skalsky (BA ’65).

Judy Skalsky graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in political science in 1965. Following a short career in politics in Washington, D.C. Judy determined she was better suited to the field of architecture and obtained additional education at Rutgers University. She established a very successful firm in the Los Angeles area but was killed in a tragic fall on her property in 2003.

Judy’s sister, Jeanne Carter, graduated from Iowa with a degree in art education in 1967 and enjoyed her career as a teacher. Judy’s mother, Rose Skalsky, felt that helping students prepare for a career in art education would have pleased Judy very much.

Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones Scholarships

Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students planning careers in elementary and secondary education and administration. Established through the bequest of Michael D. Jones (MD '75) in honor of his parents, Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones.

Leonard A. Miller Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding first year M.A. student in Rehabilitation Counseling. Established through gifts given in memory of Dr. Miller (MA '59/PhD '63).

The Miller Award was established to honor the example and memory of Dr. Leonard A. Miller, who had served on the rehabilitation counseling education faculty for 15 years at the time of his death in 1981. He was known as a fine scholar, an inspiring teacher, and an excellent counselor.

He was an exceptional humanitarian who always had time for people, whether they were persons in trouble, or people who just wanted to talk and interact. He gave generously of his love and resources. Professionally, he was frequently the person who saw the issues most clearly and offered the best suggestions for dealing with the problems at hand.

This award acknowledges students who demonstrate the potential to develop into the type of professional that Dr. Miller would admire.

Lloyd Smith Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding student in the area of elementary social studies. Established through gifts in memory of Dr. Smith (MA '54/PhD '56).

Lloyd Smith began his career as an elementary teacher and a laboratory school supervisor. A professor at The University of Iowa for 37 years, he taught elementary education courses with a specialization in social studies and also was one of the initiators of the special education program here. He served on the Solon Community School Board for a number of years. An able advisor to many undergraduate and graduate students, he retired in 1991.  He died in November 1996.

Lorraine Gutz Ragan Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students from Iowa who are enrolled in the teacher education program and established Rex B. Ragan in honor of his sister-in-law, Lorraine Gutz Ragan (BA '55).

Lorraine’s father, E.P. Gutz, was a member of the Hampton School Board in Hampton, Iowa for twelve years and he encouraged his daughter to become a teacher. Lorraine’s aunts, Phyllis Gutz and Marcella Gutz Gibbs, were also teachers.  Education is a heritage that continues to be passed on to Larraine’s six grandchildren.

While a student at Iowa, Lorraine’s professor and advisor, Dr. Jerry Kuhn, and her mentor, Dr. Faye Strayer, were instrumental in inspiring Lorraine’s love of teaching and her respect for the teaching profession. After graduating, Lorraine went on to teach in Marengo, IA; Rochester, MN; and Phoenix, AZ.

She also taught preschool and migrant workers at Tanita Farms in Phoenix in the 1960’s. Prior to her retirement, Lorraine was a partner/owner of Sunpath Children’s Bookshop in Phoenix. She and her husband Keith reside in Paradise Valley, AZ. 

Lowell Brandt Rehabilitation Counseling Award

Awarded to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and established through gifts given in memory of Lowell Brandt (BA '72/MA '79).

Lowell D. Brandt received his BA in education from The University of Iowa in 1972.  However, what began as a post-college job as a correctional officer at Oakdale eventually led him to a counseling position at the Men’s Reformatory at Anamosa and to a career change-of-heart.  He graduated in 1979 a master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Iowa.

His dedication to the field and exemplary long-term record of service to the Program made him the recipient of the University of Iowa Rehabilitation Counseling Program Alumnus of the year award in 2004.  Paula, his wife, described the rehabilitation counseling program as “one of the closest things to his heart.”  He loved education and mentoring students, and he was always available for the students and program through his participation as a consultant, colleague, clinical site supervisor and as a member and Secretary for the Advisory Board.

As the Warden of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale for four years, and throughout his career of over thirty five years in the Department of Corrections.  Lowell worked hard to increase the quality of services for all individuals, but particularly those with disabilities.

He was instrumental in the construction of the Special Needs Unit at IMCC, which was dedicated in his name and in his honor on May 13, 2009, which would have been Lowell’s 59th birthday.  All those who met Lowell agree that they had the opportunity to meet a special individual who worked hard all his life for what 

Margaret A. Sloan Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Education. Preference to be given to Iowa students enrolled in elementary education from Iowa in elementary education. Established by Margaret A. Sloan (BA '55/MA '61).

Margaret Sloan had nine years of teaching under her belt by the time she became a student at the University of Iowa College of Education.  After she graduated, she took a position teaching American children on an Air Force base an hour outside of Tokyo, Japan.  She came back to the United States to direct the reading program in Rochester, MN where she worked for 20 years.  During this time she earned her Ed. D. from SUNY-Buffalo, was active in state reading councils, led teacher workshops, and wrote some of the first social studies readers that incorporated photos.  Margaret retired in 1982 and traveled extensively overseas.  In more recent years she was instrumental in expanding and organizing a library in her retirement home and has written several books for pleasure.

Margaret P. Park Scholarship Fund

Awarded to deserving students in the College of Education with preference given to students from St. Louis County, Minnesota; or Rock Island County, Illinois. If no candidates from the above mentioned locations qualify, then the preference will be given to a student from Iowa. Established through the estate of Margaret P. Park (BA '45) and Frank A. Park.

Mary Agnella Gunn Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to worthy undergraduate or graduate students in education and established by the trust of Dr. Marion Anderson (BA '24/MA '26/PhD '34) in memory of her long-time friend, Dr. Gunn (BA '23/MA '27/PhD '33).

Mary Agnella Gunn was a native of Sioux City, IA and crossed paths with Marion A. Anderson, her lifelong friend, at the University of Iowa where Gunn majored in English and Anderson majored in education.  Both women taught together at the University Experimental School while working on their advanced degrees.  Following their graduate degrees they moved to Boston where Dr. Gunn had a long career with Boston University and Dr. Anderson with schoolbook publisher Ginn and Company.  In 1987 Dr. Gunn and Dr. Anderson retired together and lived in the San Francisco area, and then the San Diego area until their deaths.

Maureen Medberry Snell Education Award

Awarded to outstanding students in the College of Education and established through the estate of Maureen Medberry Snell (BA ‘44).

Melvin R. Novick Award in Educational Measurement and Statistics

Awarded to a third or fourth year doctoral student in educational measurement and statistics. Student must have at least a year of study remaining. Established by the College of Education and Naomi Novick in memory of Professor Novick.

Melvin R. Novick received B.A., BS, and M.A. degrees from Roosevelt University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He spent seven years working in various positions at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, and spent ten months as a visiting lecturer at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

In 1970, he accepted a joint position with the American College Testing Program and The University of Iowa. In 1974, he accepted an offer from the University for a full time professorship, a position he held until his untimely death in May, 1986.

Dr. Novick made many significant contributions to the field of educational measurement and statistics and was well respected worldwide for his developments in measurement theory and Bayesian statistical methods. He played an active role in the development of professional standards in the construction and use of tests in psychological clinics and private practice, in personnel offices, and in the nation’s schools.

In addition to his many contributions to education, Dr. Novick was known for his generous support of intercollegiate sports and the visual and musical arts.

Mike and Arline Walter Scholarship

Awarded to graduate students in science education and established by Dr. Cloy (Mike) Walter (BA ’58/MS ’60/PhD ’66) and Arline Walter (BA ’63/MS ’64).

Paul Opstad Scholarship

Awarded to a full or part-time graduate student in the College of Education whose career or scholarly interests focus on the concerns and needs of international students. Based on need and merit. Established in memory of Dr. Opstad (BA '51/MA '54/PhD '58) by his children David, Laura and Carol.

This award was established in 1994 to honor the memory of Dr. Paul Opstad.  Paul E. Opstad (B.A. 1940, M.A. 1954, and Ph.D. 1958) was a native Iowan who spent most of this career at California State University, Long Beach.  During his 25 years there, Dr. Opstad served as foreign student advisor, taught psychology, and worked in the counseling center.  He had a great interest in working with international students.  He spent a year in Taiwan and the Philippines on a Fulbright Scholarship and worked as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Information Agency in Calcutta.

Perry Eugene McClenahan Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding graduate student in educational administration. Established by Don (BSC '24) and Dorothy Guthrie (BA '24/MA '26) in honor of Perry Eugene McClenahan (BPH 1905/MA 1906).

Born in Keokuk County, Iowa in 1871, McClenahan spent his entire life in educational work.  He received both his  bachelor's and master's degrees from The University of Iowa.  He served as a rural teacher at Coal Creek and as as superintendent of schools at Milo and Winterset.  He taught at New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanics Arts and was Dean of Liberal Arts at Highland Park College, Des Moines.

In 1911, he joined the Iowa State Department of Public Instruction as a High School Inspector.  In 1918 he was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  During the last ten years of his life he traveled extensively in the United States as representative of a book company.  He died in 1938.  

Rolland Ray Award

Awarded to a doctoral student who is completing dissertations concerned with measurement in any one of four areas: mathematics education, science education, social studies education or English education. Established through the estate of Gleynafa Ray (MA '37) in memory of her husband Dr. Ray (MA '41/PhD '51).

This award was established in memory of Dr. Rolland Ray, a long-time research associate in the Iowa Testing Programs. Dr. Ray received his B.Ed. degree from Northern Illinois University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in educational measurement from The University of Iowa in 1941 and 1951 respectively. Prior to earning his doctorate he taught mathematics and physics in the schools of Illinois and Iowa.

Upon completion of his graduate studies he joined the state of the Iowa Testing Programs as Project Director, a position he held from 1951 to 1968. He subsequently served as professional Associate in Measurement with American College Testing from 1968 until his retirement in 1981. Dr. Ray was a co-author of the mathematics tests of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Iowa Test of Educational Development. As a specialist in test development he directed numerous projects for American College Testing.

Sheila E. McFarland Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student who will be student teaching for a full semester in the area of elementary education. Preference will be given to an Iowa resident. Established by Joseph (BA '52) and Rosalie (BA '52) McFarland in memory of their daughter, Sheila Eileen McFarland (BA '73).

Student Teaching Abroad Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students who are doing their student teaching in a foreign country and established by Linda R. Baker (BA ‘68) and was supported by Nicholas Colangelo.

T. Anne Cleary Psychological Research Scholarship

Awarded to students in the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations. Two awards will be presented, one to an American national student and one to an international student. It was established in memory of T. Anne Cleary by her brothers Frank, Michael and Paul.

The T. Anne Cleary Psychological Research Scholarship honors the ideals and achievements of Professor Cleary, whose life was tragically cut short on November 1, 1991. Her dedication to the support of students from diverse cultures and her commitment to the advancement of psychological research is continued through the scholarship fund that bears her name.

T. Anne Cleary taught at the University of Wisconsin from 1966 to 1975. From 1975-1979 she held various positions with the College Entrance Examination Board. In 1979 she joined the UI faculty, serving as Director of the Evaluation and Examination Service and Professor of Educational Measurement.

During her tenure at the University, she also served as Acting Director of Admissions and in 1989 became Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. She maintained her appointment as professor and continued to advise graduate students and teach courses in her specialty.

Thelma Grandia Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate or graduate teacher education students who show financial need and established by Murl J. Grandia in memory of his sister, Thelma R. Grandia (BA ’57).

Thelma Grandia (BA ’57) was originally from Pella, Iowa and was raised in a family of teachers. After graduating from Pella High School in 1948, she attended Central College for six weeks to earn a certificate allowing her to teach in a one room schoolhouse. She taught in a one room school in Pella for six years, raising enough money so she could attend the University of Iowa to get her BA degree.

Following her graduation from Iowa, Thelma moved to Detroit to begin teaching in the Grosse Point school system, where she taught for 34 years at Poupard Elementary School. Thelma was admired and loved by students, parents, and colleagues. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Oakland University in 1976. Throughout her life, Thelma enjoyed sharing time with family and friends, travel, bridge, golf, reading, dining out, and so much more. She had the remarkable ability of always seeing the glass half full.

Thelma Grandia passed away on June 8, 2010, in Warren, Michigan, after a courageous battle with cancer.

University High School Innovative Developments in Education Award (IDEA)

Awarded to students doing their student teaching experience. Established through gifts from U-High alumni and faculty.

University High School was the University of Iowa’s lab school that operated from 1916 to 1972 and was regarded as being on the cutting edge of education and teaching techniques.  Students came from Iowa City and surrounding rural towns, many of whom were academically gifted and high achieving students.  The teachers at U-High were also an exceptionally talented group; many also held joint faculty appointments in the College of Education.