University of Iowa

After backlash, U. Iowa restores scholarships that were cut

After facing lawsuits and days of criticism from students and parents, the University of Iowa on Wednesday backed off a plan to eliminate scholarships promised to thousands of current and incoming students.

UI President Bruce Harreld announced that he had reinstated the Iowa Heritage Award and four other smaller scholarship programs previously promised to current students and those who start next fall.

He had informed 3,071 students last week that he was eliminating their awards, citing "devastating" funding cuts approved by lawmakers and Gov. Terry Branstad to help balance the state budget. But the decision had been met with criticism from lawmakers, who accused...