Department of Development


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James Garchar

‘These scholarships are helping to make college as affordable as it can be, and I am extremely grateful for this.’

— James "JP" Garchar, international business major

Bill and Mary Skeeles, Skeeles Field

William and Mary Skeeles fund University of Akron baseball scholarships with $1.3 million gift

William “Bill” ’77 and Mary (honorary alumna) ‘22 Skeeles, distinguished benefactors of The University of Akron (UA), have once again demonstrated their commitment to the University's baseball program with a gift of $1.3 million to be used for student scholarships.

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Memorial Parkway street sign

O'Neil scholarship benefits students, honors Akron hero

Behind every scholarship is a deeper story; a spark leading to benevolence that changes the course of another person’s life. But occasionally, there are stories that stand out, narratives that stand on the shoulders of heroes.

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Frank and Marie Bevilacqua

Scholarships support students in accounting and education

Distinguished University of Akron (UA) alumni and longtime benefactors Frank ’72, ’74 and Marie ’71, ’74 Bevilacqua have generously increased support to their scholarships in the College of Business and the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.

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of first-time, first-generation students take out loans to finance education.
(five-year avg.)


of our undergrads are first-generation college students.


of our students remain in Northeast Ohio after graduation.

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