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. And across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2013 was $35,200.
If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider establishing a scholarship at The University of Akron. Scholarships 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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Garzia, Ricardo Francisco Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Students in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering
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 coursework toward a Ph.D. in mathematics from Universidad Nacional de La Plata Argentina (1953).
In 1967 Garzia moved to the United States 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 bachelor's 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.