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WE ARE PHIL - Sally Pederson UI REACH Scholarship

$2,753
55%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
25 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 05, at 11:55 PM CDT
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WE ARE PHIL - Sally Pederson UI REACH Scholarship

According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the unemployment rate nationwide for individuals with a disability is 82 percent – a number that has steadily risen in recent years. With such high unemployment numbers among individuals with disabilities, programs like UI REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) at the University of Iowa College of Education are vital to reducing those numbers through job placement and classes on how to develop work skills.

 

In 2008, Sally J. Pederson, former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, founded UI REACH after making the difficult decision to send her autistic son to a similar program in Illinois because one did not exist in Iowa. As one of the first programs of its kind at a major public university, UI REACH continues to offer courses, on-campus experiences, and career preparation to students who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to benefit from a living-learning program at a major university like the UI.

 

Recently, a generous donor established the Sally Pederson UI REACH Scholarship Fund to honor Sally for her visionary leadership. This fund is helping in the effort to close the financial gap for students who would benefit from UI REACH, but additional donations are needed from private donors and community partners to help all UI REACH students.

 

The RAYS of REACH student organization is utilizing GOLDrush, the University of Iowa's crowdfunding site, to raise as much money as possible to support the Sally Pederson UI REACH Scholarship Fund. As a part of the We Are Phil campaign, College of Education faculty and staff are challenged to match the amount raised by RAYS of REACH. All gifts are tax deductible, and you'll receive a tax receipt via email from the University of Iowa Center for Advancement after making your contribution. 

 

UI REACH would not be possible without the leadership and generosity of philanthropic partners. We believe UI REACH’s best days are on the horizon and that progress will be accelerated through efforts to make the program more affordable for students and their families.

 

NOTICE: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of the University of Iowa. Please visit the UI Center for Advancement disclosures site for additional information.

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$20.08

Helper

In 2008, Sally J. Pederson founded UI REACH. Give a gift of $20.08 to honor Sally and her decision to create the UI REACH program. Thank you!

$82

Advocate

The unemployment rate nationwide for individuals with disabilities is 82 percent. Support the Sally Pederson UI REACH Scholarship with a gift of $82 to help in our efforts to decrease this number. Thank you!

$100

Partner

To date, the UI REACH program has produced more than 100 graduates. Give a gift of $100 to help us produce even more graduates in the future. Thank you!

$250

Benefactor

The UI REACH program helps individuals with disabilities achieve employment and become thriving, independent adults. Your gift of $250 will have a meaningful impact on the program, helping to provide scholarship support for students in need. Thank you so much!

$500

Sponsor

UI REACH offers courses, on-campus experiences, and career preparation to students who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to benefit from a living-learning program at a major university like the University of Iowa. Your generous gift of $500 helps students in Iowa, who go on to make a difference throughout the nation. Thank you for your generosity!

$1,000

Gold Sponsor

The Sally Pederson UI REACH Scholarship would not be possible without the leadership and generosity of philanthropic partners like you. Your very generous gift of $1,000 reminds us that UI REACH's best days are on the horizon. Thank you for all you make possible!

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