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