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Tanna Frederick (1999 B.A.) was bitten by the acting bug as a child in Mason City, Iowa, and she’s never looked back.
She began performing in local theatre around the age of nine and, if given the choice, she would have moved to Hollywood right after high school. But her parents insisted on college, and being of modest means, they also thought Frederick should pay her own way. “The UI offered me a scholarship that covered my tuition, so I didn’t have to worry about anything but my grades,” Frederick says. “I wouldn’t have been able to afford college without that assistance.”
Frederick excelled at every level—she majored in theatre arts and political science, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and was both UI Homecoming Queen and valedictorian of her graduating class. And she’s beaten the odds in Hollywood, starring in four films as well as live theatre.
Grateful for her UI support, in 2008 Frederick established an annual theatre-student scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and increased the funding in 2011.
“It’s one of the things I’m happiest about,” Frederick says. “It feels so good to be able to empower someone else’s dreams.”