Named Scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be the funds to do so.

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 Christine Curry in the Department of Development at 330-972-8614 or ccurry@uakron.edu

Please note: All scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students interested in applying for a scholarship may visit the Financial Aid webpage, call 330-972-7032, or e-mail finaid@uakron.edu. The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.


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Nixon, G. Gary Scholarship

G. Gary Nixon established The G. Gary Nixon Scholarship in 1998 to financially assist others seeking to earn a civil engineering degree. As an undergraduate, Gary received an academic scholarship and was the recipient of a fellowship to attend graduate school. The recipient of The University of Akron’s College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994, Gary received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1965 from The University of Akron and a master of engineering (civil) degree from Cornell University in 1966. 

Gary served in the United States Army as Post Sanitary Engineer at Fort Knox, Ky., rising to the rank of captain. 

In 1969, he joined the consulting engineering firm of Finkbeiner, Pettis & Strout Inc. He was elected a principal of the firm in 1980 and a member of the Board of Directors in 1988. He served as first vice president of the Board of Directors from 1993 to 2003. He retired in 2003 as the largest shareholder of the privately held firm, which had nine offices in four states when the firm merged with an international consulting firm. 

Gary is a member of Rotary International and a life member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Water Works Association. During his engineering career, he was an active member of many industry trade associations and was a registered Professional Engineer in seven states. He maintains Professional Engineer status in Ohio and North Carolina. 

In retirement, Gary is active as a member of the Board of Directors of several nonprofit civic organizations in Greensboro, N.C., and is a licensed real estate broker.

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit UA's Office of Student Financial Aid page. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at 330-972-7032 or email them at finaid@uakron.edu.

 


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