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THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT

Welcome, Alumni and Friends!

A student studying outside on the University of Akron campusThe 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


Charles Bittner and a Ventrac tractorAkron Baseball makes dramatic return, aided by Skeeles Family Gift

The renovation of the UA baseball stadium’s playing surface is being supported by Bill Skeeles ’77, who played baseball for his alma mater, and his wife Mary.

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Charles Bittner and a Ventrac tractorZippy receives spirited endowed scholarship

The James R. and Phyllis C. Berry “Zippy” Endowed Scholarship will help provide scholarships for UA students who bring Zippy to life, thanks to alumni couple James and Phyllis Berry, both of the Class of 1939.

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Pauline Franks 1973Alumnus establishes bequest to assist UA’s first-generation college students

Ron Andrea ’68, ’71 knows firsthand the obstacles faced by students who are the first in their families to attend college. After all, he was one – and a scholarship made all the difference. Now Ron and his wife, Patricia, will help students just like him reach their academic dreams at UA – and change the world!

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George and Angelica AnastosFond memories of UA inspire alumnus to establish scholarship, help students

Dr. George Anastos only lived in Akron for seven years, but the experience – and especially his time at The University of Akron – remained a positive force throughout his life. So much so, that Anastos established a scholarship at UA to honor his late wife and remembered the University with a generous gift just months before his own passing in December 2017.

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