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UNI students will benefit from new scholarships

May 7, 2014

Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, 319-273-2487,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS—Mark and Jill Oman of Des Moines have committed $1.1 million to the University of Northern Iowa Foundation. The endowed fund will be used to support the UNI Annual Fund and two scholarships.

The Omans have established the Don and Jo Fuerhoff Scholarship for students from Iowa or Nebraska who are majoring in teacher education or a program that leads to teacher certification. The Mark and Jill Oman Scholarship will benefit students who are majoring in or intend to major in the College of Business Administration.

Mark Oman graduated from UNI in 1976 and recently retired as the senior executive vice president of Wells Fargo & Company. Jill Oman is a 1985 UNI graduate.  Mark noted, "UNI will always be a very special place for my wife and me. It gave us an outstanding education in business and in the liberal arts, preparing us for successful and satisfying careers and lives. We hope our gift will enable future students to enjoy the same educational advantages that we found at UNI."

"We are honored that Mark and Jill have made this generous commitment to UNI," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "Thanks to their support, students will have greater access to an affordable education. This gift will also help us to recruit students, recognize academic achievement, promote diversity among the student body and expand opportunities for students."

The Oman gift is part of the Focus on Students: UNI Scholarship Initiative, a $40 million campaign dedicated to building funds to support current students and attract future students.

For more information, visit the UNI Foundation website at