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Murray Blackwelder, External Affairs, (515) 294-7730
Thomas Mitchell, ISU Foundation, (515) 294-4607
John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6136


AMES, Iowa -- Hundreds of Iowa State students were on hand to again thank Christina Hixson, the woman who made college a reality for them.

University officials announced Jan. 27 a second $5 million gift has been received for the Hixson Opportunity Awards Program from the Lied Foundation Trust of Las Vegas, Nevada, through its trustee, native Iowan Christina Hixson, Most of the 259 Hixson students currently enrolled at Iowa State were on hand for the announcement, which included an appearance via satellite from Christina Hixson.

Approximately $12 million has been contributed to the Hixson Opportunity Awards endowment, most of it from the Lied Foundation. The endowment annually provides $2,500 freshman-year scholarships to 100 qualifying Iowa high school students. The goal is to bring the Hixson endowment to $17 million within five years. An endowment of this size would provide four-year, $2,500 scholarships for all students in the program. In the meantime, however, Christina Hixson has guaranteed funding to provide all Hixson students with four-year, $2,500 scholarships until the $17 million goal is met.

The Hixson Opportunity Awards were created for students -- one from each county in Iowa -- who have the ability and desire to pursue a college degree but who face significant hurdles because of personal and financial hardships.


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