Welcome, Alumni and Friends!

The University of Akron is grateful for the generous support it receives from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. The support enables the University to achieve its goals, including funding scholarships, fellowships, professorships, campus renovations, new facilities and much more.

The mission of Development is to strengthen and advance the University’s relationship with its alumni, friends and students. It is through these connections that both the University and its constituencies are enriched.

Whether in the form of a gift or through involvement, supporting the University yields an unparalleled return on investment for many benefactors, creating deep and lasting ties to the University – and to the students the institution serves.

You are invited to explore the many opportunities that UA offers alumni and friends to get involved and make a difference!

Donor Stories

George and Angelica AnastosFond memories of UA inspire alumnus to establish scholarship, help students

Dr. George Anastos only lived in Akron for seven years, but the experience – and especially his time at The University of Akron – remained a positive force throughout his life. So much so, that Anastos established a scholarship at UA to honor his late wife and remembered the University with a generous gift just months before his own passing in December 2017.

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Charles Bittner and a Ventrac tractorArea benefactor's estate assists UA Audiology

The estate of Bittner and his wife, Marie, established The Charles (Chick) and Marie C. Bittner Advanced Hearing Technology and Therapy Endowment Fund in November 2017. The fund will support UA’s Audiology and Speech Center which provides a full range of clinical speech, language and hearing services for children and adults in the greater Akron-Canton area and Northeast Ohio.

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Jean Hower TaberUA to receive largest gift in its history

The gift, from the estate of Jean Hower Taber, is estimated at more than $20 million, the largest in our 147-year history. Two-thirds of it will go to student scholarships; the rest will preserve Hower House and programming that supports the University's mission.

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Joe ReeceAlumnus named to Global Finance Power List

Joe Reece, executive vice chairman of UBS Securities LLC and an alumnus of The University of Akron, has been named to the list of “The 100 Most Powerful Men and Women in Finance” for 2017 by Worth Magazine.

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Ernest and Marianna Grotefend$3 million estate gift to support mechanical engineering scholarships

Ernest R., ’51, and Marianna C. Grotefend directed a generous estate gift of $3 million to The University of Akron, with the first installment of $1.5 million received-to-date. These funds will support student scholarships in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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Pauline Franks 1973UA benefactor Pauline Frank's estate gift assists University Libraries

Ms. Franks passed away earlier this year. Her estate recently made a gift of more than $30,000 to support University Libraries, funds which will establish a more student-centered, inviting space for Bierce Library’s recently relocated Media Services unit.

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