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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Gibara, Samir and Salma International Business Fellowships
Samir Gibara was born in Cairo, Egypt, and earned a BS in business from Cairo University in 1960 and an MBA in international business and finance from Harvard University in 1964. He also attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management’s Executive Program at Northwestern University. His career with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company spanned more than 30 years, including serving as president of Goodyear Canada in 1989 and Goodyear Europe one year later. Mr. Gibara came to Akron in the newly created position of vice president of strategic planning and business development and also as acting vice president of finance. In May 1994, he was named executive vice president of North American Tire and became president and CEO in January 1996. He retired as chairman of Goodyear in June 2003. He and his wife, Salma, maintain a residence in Akron.
As a true “internationalist” and advocate for the Institute for Global Business in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration, Mr. Gibara desires to see The Samir and Salma Gibara International Business Fellowships benefit students with a demonstrated history of high academic performance who are pursuing degrees in international business. The awards are to be made available annually to one international student from outside the United States and one domestic student from within the United States. The awards are renewable based on academic performance, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above required for consideration. Selection of recipients will be determined by the dean of the College of Business Administration, with input from the director of the Institute for Global Business.