AT&T donates $250,000 to UI fund
URBANA — AT&T has donated $250,000 to a University of Illinois fund established by former Congresswoman Lynn Martin.
The Lynn M. Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers honors outstanding teaching assistants and faculty members in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Martin, also a former member of the AT&T board of directors, established the fund.
"Her creation of the Lynn M. Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers in 1996 has helped us support our best and brightest women educators and through them, hundreds of students. AT&T's generous contribution to this fund will help extend and grow this tradition for years to come," said LAS Dean Ruth Watkins.
Martin graduated from the UI with a bachelor's degree in English. She taught high school and later served on the Winnebago County Board and was elected to the Illinois General Assembly. In 1981 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and represented a northern Illinois district until 1991. She was labor secretary under President George H.W. Bush.
Martin served on AT&T's board of directors from 1999 to 2013.
"AT&T is proud to recognize Lynn Martin for her exemplary career of service and accomplishment with this $250,000 gift to the fund she established to support women and minority teachers here at her alma mater," said Paul La Schiazza, president of AT&T Illinois in a release. "In her retirement from the AT&T Board of Directors, we recognize her service on the board with this gift to support exceptional women teachers through the Lynn M. Martin Fund."