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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Macko, Josephine Ann and Joseph Simon Scholarship
The Josephine Ann and Joseph Simon Macko Scholarship was established in memory of Joseph Macko and in honor of Josephine Macko by their daughter, Susan Macko Cianciola. The Mackos were lifelong residents of Barberton. Joseph learned a strong work ethic at an early age. His father died in an accident less than 12 hours after he was born, leaving his mother to raise Joe and his three siblings in a country where she did not speak the language. By seven years of age, Joe had a job setting pins at the bowling alley for a few pennies a day, which he gave to his mother.
Josephine graduated from Barberton High School. Joe attended Barberton also, playing football and wrestling, but left school to join the Navy in World War II. Joseph and Josephine were married on January 1, 1945. Together they raised five children. Joseph was co-owner and operator of Macko Motel and Restaurant for 31 years and founder of Joe-Jo’s Drive Thru. Joseph belonged to many organizations, including Barberton Moose Lodge, Barberton V.F.W., the Slovak Club, Hungarian Club, Holy Name Society, and Knights of Columbus. Josephine and Joseph were married for 50 years. Joseph was also a member of S.S. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, where Josephine still attends. Joseph passed away December 15, 1994. Josephine is active in community activities, belongs to The St. Anne Society, and enjoys shopping and being a grandmother to her five grandchildren.
The Josephine Ann and Joseph Simon Macko Scholarship commemorates the Macko family’s dedication to a strong work ethic, personal faith, and the importance of lifelong learning. Through this scholarship, Susan Macko Cianciola hopes to encourage students at Barberton High School to strive for excellence in their studies and to further their education in college.
The scholarship is to be awarded to one male and one female graduate of Barberton High School who will attend The University of Akron Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Preference is to be given to students who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or better in high school. If no students meet that criteria, the scholarship may be awarded to a student with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The recipient will be chosen by the Office of Student Financial Aid.