Welcome, Alumni and Friends!

The University of Akron is grateful for the generous support it receives from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. The support enables the University to achieve its goals, including funding scholarships, fellowships, professorships, campus renovations, new facilities and much more.

The mission of Development is to strengthen and advance the University’s relationship with its alumni, friends and students. It is through these connections that both the University and its constituencies are enriched.

Whether in the form of a gift or through involvement, supporting the University yields an unparalleled return on investment for many benefactors, creating deep and lasting ties to the University – and to the students the institution serves.

You are invited to explore the many opportunities that UA offers alumni and friends to get involved and make a difference!

Donor Stories

Jean Hower TaberUA to receive largest gift in its history

The gift, from the estate of Jean Hower Taber, is estimated at more than $20 million, the largest in our 147-year history. Two-thirds of it will go to student scholarships; the rest will preserve Hower House and programming that supports the University's mission.

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Pauline Franks 1973UA benefactor Pauline Frank's estate gift assists University Libraries

Ms. Franks passed away earlier this year. Her estate recently made a gift of more than $30,000 to support University Libraries, funds which will establish a more student-centered, inviting space for Bierce Library’s recently relocated Media Services unit.

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Steve, Sarah, and Scott BennettScholarship established honoring engineering alumnus Bob Bennett

Through his company, Bob Bennett Construction Co., Mr. Bennett’s work became an industry standard of excellence. After his passing in 2016, his family chose to honor his legacy by endowing The Bob Bennett Memorial Endowed Scholarship with a $250,000 gift.

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Estock, Shaeffer, and JonesClassmates establish scholarship to honor lifelong friend

Jones and Schaeffer say their friend enjoyed life and took his community work seriously, delighting in the differences he helped make in people’s lives. They say the depth of his friendship and willingness to get involved and promote education will always be remembered.

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Women's Committee giftAkron couple's estate planning gift boosts polymer college scholarships

By most accounts, Julia and George Fouts lived quiet, orderly lives as part of the Akron community. Both teenage children of the great depression, they knew how to survive tough times, value their possessions and to never let the present thwart the future’s dream.

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Women's Committee giftWomen’s Committee gift supports team’s success

Our women’s swimming and diving team will continue making waves, thanks to the generosity of the Women’s Committee of The University of Akron.

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Oelschlagers$5 million gift to create museum of rare Native American artifacts

The Oelschlagers are among the University’s largest donors and have been supporters for 25 years. This gift will enable the construction of The Oak Native American Museum as part of the Institute for Human Science and Culture at UA’s Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology.

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