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April 5, 1996

Miller gift funds second fellowship program

by Linda Charles
Nearly 50 Iowa State graduate students a year will receive fellowships under a new program announced by President Martin Jischke at the March 22-23 faculty conference at Grinnell College.

The program, funded with earnings from an estimated $27 million estate bequeathed in part to ISU, will help Iowa State recruit a core of exceptional graduate students, Jischke said.

Beginning fall semester, 12 incoming graduate students will be selected each year for the four-year fellowships. At the end of four years, when the program is fully implemented, 48 students will hold Miller Graduate Fellowships each year.

The fellowships are an annual stipend of $5,000, which will be used to enhance the graduate student's salary or occasionally, to relieve a student of teaching duties. By the time the program is in place, nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year will go to the fellowships.

Departments will be chosen for the program through a competitive process that considers the quality of the proposal submitted, the department's national ranking, enrollment, number and quality of domestic students admitted during the last three years, ranking within its peer group, GRE scores and other factors that determine departmental quality.

The Miller Graduate Fellowship is the second Iowa State fellowship to be funded by the estate of F. Wendell Miller, an attorney and farm manager who died in 1995. His will stipulated that the bulk of his estate be used to create the Miller Endowment Trust, with income from the trust to be divided equally between Iowa State and the University of Iowa.

In February, Jischke announced the creation of the Miller Faculty Development Fellowships. Successful proposals during the first year of the program, which begins fall semester, will focus on strengthening undergraduate teaching.

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