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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Graham Campus Beautification Endowed Fund
The Graham Campus Beautification Endowed Fund was established in 2004 by Marie T. Graham, class of 1953, in memory of her loving husband and University alumnus, Eugene D. Graham. The University of Akron is grateful for the friendship and support of alumni Eugene and Marie Graham. Eugene Graham was a distinguished leader in the community and dedicated to the University’s mission and goals in higher education, and along with his wife, played important roles in the social scene in the Akron community. Mr. Graham served as a trustee of The University of Akron Foundation and on the University’s governing Board of Trustees, serving as chair. As a trustee, he furthered an organization that has contributed substantially to the University and the community. His participation gave credence to the organization, and his business skills were of great value to the University.
Eugene Graham was born on July 28, 1930. He graduated from The University of Akron in 1954 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He started working as a new car salesman for City Chevrolet in 1953 and became a Ford dealer in 1962. Mr. Graham owned several dealerships throughout Ohio and was the top Ford dealer in Akron. His legacy, Graham Ford Inc. in Columbus, is one of the largest Ford dealerships in the United States. Mr. Graham received numerous business awards, including the Life Magazine Quality Dealer Award and the Midwestern Truck Dealer of the Year Award.
Marie (Karg) Graham holds a bachelor of science degree in education (1953). Mrs. Graham was also very involved in the University community and is a member of The University of Akron Women's Committee. The couple has three children: Susan (class of '79), Cindy (class of '84), and Timothy. Mr. and Mrs. Graham gave of their time and financial resources to help strengthen the University’s presence among the citizens of Akron. Through their help, the University continues to grow and succeed in its mission of providing for student success. The Graham Campus Beautification Fund will provide continued support through the endowment for The Eugene D. Graham ’54 Memorial Garden, located near the Student Union, and to beautify outdoor campus surroundings.