Annual Honors and Awards Banquet April 2

Genevieve Baker

Upper Iowa alumna Genevieve Belknap Baker is among those to have established a scholarship to bestow each year to a deserving UIU student during the University’s annual Honors and Awards Banquet. A former educator at a number of local schools and colleges, and former member of UIU’s Board of Trustees, Baker celebrated her 100th birthday in December 2015.

FAYETTE, Iowa (March 18, 2016) – Upper Iowa University will host its 31st annual Honors and Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 2. Over $110,000 in scholarships will be presented during the 2016 event, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the UIU Student Center Ballroom in Fayette. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the program to follow.

Among the scholarships bestowed each year to a deserving student is the Belknap Baker Family Scholarship. UIU Alumna Genevieve Belknap Baker ’36 established the award in 2006 in in honor of her husband, Carleton Baker ‘34, and the Belknap and Baker families. Fifteen members of the Belknap and Baker families graduated from Upper Iowa University over a 125-year period.

Genevieve, herself, attended Upper Iowa University on a full scholarship offered by Adella Dickman, widow of former UIU President John Dickman. Baker served on the UIU Board of Trustees from 1952-66. A longtime educator, she formerly worked in the Canton, Minn., Ridgeway, Iowa, and Decorah, Iowa, schools, before becoming an instructor at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, and Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Now living in Tucson, Ariz., Baker celebrated her 100th birthday in December 2015.

In addition to the 2016 award/scholarship recipients, all donors and family members of donors in attendance will be recognized for their ongoing support of the University during the April 2 event. For more information about the permanently endowed scholarships established by alumni and friends of UIU, visit and select the Endowed Scholarships link.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit

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