IOWA CITY - The University of Iowa Foundation announces that the inaugural Louis and Dorothy Laubenthal Memorial Scholarship for 2012-13 has been awarded to Alison Vandegrift.
The Louis and Dorothy Laubenthal Memorial Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a first year student in the University of Iowa Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and to commemorate Louis and Dorothy's belief in the value of education.
Louis and Dorothy Laubenthal were born and raised in Emmetsburg, Iowa. They had very limited educational opportunities while growing up in rural Iowa in the early 1900's. Though they were academically gifted, family considerations required them to enter the workforce and forego higher education.
Neither Louis nor Dorothy received recognition of their commitment to education during their lifetimes. Now, thanks to the generosity of their grandson Chris Laubenthal, this scholarship will provide that recognition and memorialize their belief in the importance of education. The scholarship is to be awarded to a first year Doctor of Physical Therapy student. The second scholarship recipient will be selected this fall.
The Laubenthal family has deep ties with the university and the UI Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Chris' father, Nick Laubenthal (1969 Cert., 1970 M.A.), and his step-mother Karla Laubenthal both built successful careers in the UI health-care system and mentored numerous students within the department. Chris Laubenthal received B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the UI and shares his grandparents' belief in the value of education.