The University of Iowa

Donor spotlight: Drs. Michael and Darlene McNulty

December 7th, 2020
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Drs. Michael and Darlene McNulty 

A generous gift from Drs. Michael and Darlene McNulty established a scholarship fund to support undergraduate students studying abroad in West Africa.

Two impactful experiences sparked their interest in West Africa. In 1965 the couple lived in Ghana while Michael conducted research at the University of Ghana. In 1970 Michael and Darlene, along with their two children, lived in Nigeria while Michael was a visiting professor at the University of Ibadan. Michael McNulty had a distinguished career at the University of Iowa as a geography professor prior to serving as interim associate provost of International Programs in 1993. He was then named associate provost in 1995 and worked in that role until 1999. Darlene McNulty (PhD ’80) worked as a teacher for many years before opening a successful daycare center. 

“Michael’s and Darlene’s scholarship continues to open pathways for students in an emerging part of the world. Their generosity allows Hawkeyes to form connections that will last a lifetime. They have forever touched the lives of students across Iowa and across the world. We are deeply grateful for their kindness and their dedication to making global experiences available to everyone,” said Russ Ganim, associate provost and dean of International Programs.


To help support scholarships and provide assistance for future study abroad opportunities, make a gift today!

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