Stories of Philanthropy: Class of 1970 Creates Scholarship Fund

October 25, 2016

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy class of 1970 has been working to pay it forward to future generations through a class scholarship that is quickly approaching the endowment level of $50,000.

The initial gifts to the fund were from Bob Grimm, ’70 BSPh, and Linda Grimm, of Irvine, Calif., and from Tom Taiber, ’70 BSPh, and Sue Taiber, of Waverly, Iowa. Bob Grimm and Tom Taiber credit the College of Pharmacy with laying the groundwork for their successful careers, and they wanted their graduating class to make a difference in the lives of future pharmacy students. In early 2013, after the two couples decided to establish a class scholarship,they wrote a letter to the class of 1970 asking for additional contributions to the fund.

Throughout the next few years, 14 members of the class of 1970 contributed to their scholarship fund, which will support education expenses for future UI College of Pharmacy students. The first student was awarded the scholarship in the 2016-2017 academic year. 

All who are interested in contributing to this fund, please contact Mundi McCarty, the University of Iowa Foundation’s director of development for the College of Pharmacy, at mundi-mccarty@uiowa.edu or at (319) 467-3682.


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