Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 named scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.

Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.

The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study.

To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238

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Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Glenny, Mary E. and Dr. Fred H. Glenny Professorship in Biology

Dr. Fred H. Glenny was a native of Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, in 1931. He received his B.A. in 1936 and his M.S. in 1940 from The University of Akron. Dr. Glenny served in World War II in the United States Army. He then returned to school and achieved his Ph.D. in 1953 from Ohio State University. Mary Glenny was a graduate of the College of Wooster.

Dr. Glenny, an ornithologist, conducted research on the "Aortic Arch Systems in Birds." He studied more than 800 species and subspecies of birds, representing 120 families. He published many articles on his detailed studies on the main arteries of the neck and thorax. Supported by several National Science Foundation grants, he conducted research in London and the South Pacific. His wife, Mary, accompanied him on many of these trips and assisted with library research. Dr. Glenny was a founding member of the Ohio Academy of Science, a member of the Florida Academy of Science, The Wilson Ornithological Society, American Society of Zoologists, and a member of the Zoological Society of England. Mary Glenny helped make Dr. Glenny’s achievements possible. Through her willingness to travel, type, and provide support, she was the inspiration for his success.

Dr. and Mrs. Glenny were ecologists and enjoyed their summer home at Blue Sea Lake in Quebec, Canada. They later spent summers in a home on Brushy Mountain in North Carolina. They both enjoyed many outdoor activities. Dr. Glenny was an educator and an inspiring teacher who had a great sense of humor. He and his wife went out of their way to help students who needed assistance. After their passing, they continued to receive notes and cards from former students. Mary Glenny was loved by friends, family, and all who knew her.

Dr. Glenny taught at Youngstown University before joining the faculty at Fairleigh-Dickinson University in Madison, N.J., where he taught anatomy. After his early retirement, he and his wife moved to Winter Park, Fla. Dr. Glenny passed away December 28, 1992, at the age of 79; Mrs. Glenny passed away May 10, 2000, at the age of 83.

It was the decision and wish of Mary Glenny to create The Mary E. Glenny and Dr. Fred H. Glenny Professorship in Biology. It was established through a bequest by Mary Glenny in honor of Fred Glenny’s career and their lifelong dedication to education. The Professorship is to provide support for a position in the Biology Department.

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