Inside Iowa State
Feb. 21, 1997
Hixson scholars get another yearby Steve Sullivan
Iowa State's Hixson Opportunity Award students received some surprise news Thursday from President Martin Jischke.
At a ceremony in the Scheman Building, Jischke announced that scholarships for the freshman and sophomore Hixson students would be renewed for 1997-98.
The Hixson Awards provide a first-year tuition scholarship to one student from each of Iowa's 99 counties. The Christina Hixson Opportunity Awards were created in 1995 with a $5 million gift from the Lied Foundation Trust, Las Vegas. Hixson, the foundation's sole trustee, wanted to help young people who have the desire, but not the resources, to attend college.
Last year, an additional gift from Hixson provided sophomore scholarships for members of the first Hixson class, who entered ISU in fall 1995.
On Thursday, the members of the first Hixson class found out that their benefactor had contributed an additional one-time gift of $175,000 to fund $2,500 junior year scholarships. To receive the scholarship each student must have a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average.
"We are hopeful that most of the members of the sophomore Hixson class will qualify," said Debra Sanborn, Hixson program coordinator. "The average cumulative grade point for this class of Hixson students is already above the universitys sophomore average of 2.65."
It also was announced that members of this year's freshman Hixson class will receive $2,500 scholarships for their sophomore year. These scholarships have been made possible through a one-time gift Hixson made to the sophomore fund last year, as well as interest earnings from the Hixson Opportunity Awards endowment.
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