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Ex-UNI professor leaves $1.5M for math students

Ex-UNI professor leaves $1.5M for math students

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) --- A retired University of Northern Iowa professor who died in January has left the school $1.5 million to benefit students who want to become math teachers.

The school announced the gift Wednesday from the estate of Bonnie Litwiller, which will create a mathematics teacher scholarship in her name.

The awards will be for students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need, with preference given to those seeking a degree in secondary math education.

UNI President Ben Allen says the scholarships will give students a great education and combat a nationwide shortage of math teachers.

Litwiller retired in 2000 and died at her home in Morton, Ill., on Jan. 27. UNI officials say she was a national leader in math education who was recognized for her service, teaching and research.


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