Department: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering
GPA: 3.75/3.50 Student Level: First Year (3.75 GPA), Second+ Year (3.50 GPA)
The Ricardo Francisco Garzia Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Students in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering was established in 2009 by Garzia’s family as a loving tribute to Garzia and in appreciation for the deep belief in the value of higher education he instilled in his children and grandchildren.
Ricardo Francisco Garzia was born September 19, 1926, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he attended college and graduate school and began a long and distinguished career as an educator, engineer and executive. Garzia earned a BSEE from the Otto Krause School in Buenos Aires (1945), an MSEE from Universidad Nacional de La Plata Argentina (1950) and completed the coursework towards a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Universidad Nacional de La Plata Argentina (1953).
In 1967 Garzia moved to the U.S. with his wife Julia Elisa Berrud de Garzia and their four children: Liliana, Silvia, Mario and Fernando. Three of the Garzia children – Liliana, Silvia and Mario – went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Akron, while Fernando went on to achieve advanced degrees from other Ohio universities. Ricardo Garzia also took classes at The University of Akron in the College of Engineering’s Ph.D. program, as did Julia Garzia, but within UA’s University College. All his grandchildren continue in his tradition pursuing bachelors and advanced degrees in various fields.
The Ricardo Francisco Garzia Endowed Scholarship assists promising graduate students in applied mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering. Applications for the scholarship will be accepted from first-year graduate students in applied mathematics, computer science or electrical engineering who have a 3.75 or higher undergraduate GPA, or from second-year or beyond graduate students in the above named disciplines, who have a 3.5 or higher graduate GPA. Selection of The Ricardo Francisco Garzia Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Students in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering recipient will be made by Dr. Mario R. Garzia and his mother, Mrs. Julia Garzia, in cooperation with the Office of Student Financial Aid.