It would have been easy for Ted and Connie Antill to retreat from the world and become lost in sorrow following the sudden death of their son, Scott, in 2011. Instead, the Antills found comfort – and strength – in recalling Scott’s many wonderful attributes and decided the very qualities that made the University of Akron alumnus so special would become his legacy.
To achieve their goal, the couple established The Scott Robert Antill Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund at The University of Akron in September 2013. Funded with gifts from the couple, as well as Scott’s employer, Capital Advisors, and numerous family members, friends, and business associates, the endowed scholarship will be awarded annually beginning in the spring of 2014 to deserving, full-time students who are pursuing degrees in the College of Business Administration.
An exceptional student, Scott graduated magna cum laude from the University in 1999 with a B.S. in business administration. While attending the University, he interned with Capital Advisors and was hired by the company after graduation, quickly gaining a reputation for his leadership skills and outstanding customer service.
“I know Scott would be very proud of this scholarship,” said Ted. “He placed a tremendous value on the education he received from The University of Akron. It allowed him to achieve his career goals and to meet and assist so many different people – many of whom ultimately became his friends.”
In creating the scholarship, the Antills appreciated the opportunity to define eligible recipients – with an eye toward rewarding students who, like their son, had a passion for business and a genuine desire to make a positive impact on others. Working with representatives from the College of Business Administration and the Department of Development, they designed an application process that requires a one-page essay and encourages students to include their volunteerism, work history, and special awards and recognitions.
In today’s challenging economy, creating an endowed fund is one of the best ways to make an immediate impact on a student’s ability to attend The University of Akron. Scholarships help reduce the stress of student-loan debt and allow students to enroll full time, which greatly increases their chances of completing their education. What’s more, donors have the opportunity to witness the impact of their philanthropy and the rewarding results.
“As Scott’s mother, I will never forget all the things that made Scott a great son and a great friend,” said Connie. “With this scholarship, I also have the satisfaction of knowing that each year a new group of young college students will get to know him. Scott’s legacy truly will live on – long after even Ted and I have passed. I can’t think of a better tribute to my son.”
For information about creating an endowed scholarship, contact Christine Curry in the Department of Development at 330-972-8614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.