New UI program to double impact of scholarship funds
To significantly increase the number of merit- and need-based scholarships for undergraduates at Iowa, the university has committed to matching new, privately funded endowed scholarships of $100,000 or more through 2017. The program, Golden Pledge: A Presidential Partnership for Student Success, is the cornerstone of $260 million in student success initiatives under way at the university. Visit www.uifoundation.org to learn more.
Dance Marathon reaches record—again
UI Dance Marathon raised $1.5 million in 2013, bringing the student organization’s historic tally to $12.7 million and establishing its place as one of the nation’s top college philanthropies. More than 2,000 students packed the Iowa Memorial Union in February for the 24-hour event that raised money and morale for patients at UI Children’s Hospital. The annual event was created in 1994, and each year the funds raised have surpassed the previous year’s haul. To learn more, see dancemarathon.uiowa.edu.
Internships abroad growing in popularity
Some 162 UI students pursued internships abroad for academic credit during the 2011–12 academic year, with 82 undergraduates and 80 graduate students working abroad. However, officials in Study Abroad in UI International Programs say that students may pursue internships outside of their office if they are not seeking academic credit.
The trend has grown over the past year by 60 percent, with 61 more students pursuing internships abroad this past academic year than the year before, when only 101 students registered their internships with Study Abroad. The most popular destinations are the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and India, and the top fields of study are business and health sciences.
For more information on pursuing an internship abroad for credit, check out international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad.