For much of her life, Mary Francis Shale touched the lives around her in ways she could never have realized.  Believed to be profoundly handicapped, Mary Francis shared her love through a bright smile and an ever-present vitality that family members recalled was always on full display.

Beulah and Joseph Shale established a trust for their special needs daughter, Mary Francis, to provide for her income and care, similar to the way many families use charitable trusts to care for relatives with special needs or those relatives who might benefit more from income rather than assets.  When Mary Francis passed away at age 82, The University of Akron became the trust’s beneficiary. Through the trust, the Mary Francis Shale Scholarship was established and will provide scholarship assistance to outstanding College of Education students.

The Shale’s foresight proved to be a gift not only to Mary Francis, but to the students who will benefit because of their foresight.  Their gift will help fuel their dreams of bright futures bolstered by a college education.

Through this unique matching gift opportunity created through The Mary F. Shale Trust, the College of Education has received $150,000, with $100,000 designated for scholarships. The Shale Trust gift will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for all new gifts in an effort to raise an additional $100,000. Your contribution will assist us in reaching our goal of having a positive impact on the lives of many College of Education students.  Scholarship contributions will aid in the college’s mission of delivering the best and brightest into America’s classrooms.

The University of Akron’s College of Education is a leader in preparing students to become dynamic educators. They are also capable of taking on important leadership roles and meet the changing structure of schools and student populations. These future educators are trained to teach, inspire, and provide environments in which youth can learn.

The College of Education emphasizes academic excellence, student classroom immersion, diversity, technology, and a personal touch. In the 2010 accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the college earned top scores in all areas. The College of Education, already a nationally recognized leader in teacher preparation, produces high quality teachers who enter America’s classrooms ready to make a difference.

Scholarship support is a key component in the College of Education’s drive toward success, helping provide a consistent high-caliber pipeline of students. Increased availability of scholarship dollars will provide talented students with more need-based awards and decrease the financial burden of loans.

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