When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.
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. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.
If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which 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 the Department of Development at 330-972-7238.
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Belgya, Mark R. and Beverly E. Scholarship Fund for Faculty Research
The Mark R. and Beverly E. Belgya Scholarship Fund for Faculty Research was established in 2010 to provide privately funded faculty research grant assistance to the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron. Through concentrated research efforts, university faculty create new knowledge which benefits students in their pursuit of higher education. Students also learn and develop, working alongside faculty as their research inquiries point to new pathways to emerging knowledge. Faculty research also provides a means of local partnership with area businesses, providing information which leads to the establishment and maintenance of industry leadership.
The Belgya Scholarship Fund for Faculty Research is the first-ever privately funded faculty research grant to the college. The Fund will allow the Dean of the College of Business Administration, at his or her discretion, to dramatically enhance the faculty's research capacity via unrestricted research stipends. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an internationally known and respected accrediting body, views faculty research as an important part of the business curriculum. The college's ability to increase faculty research, via The Belgya Endowed Scholarship Fund for Faculty Research, will enhance the institution's already outstanding national reputation.
Mark and Beverly Belgya are graduates of The University of Akron who believe strongly in the power of education and its ability to impact future generations. Mark received a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master's degree in business administration from UA in 1982 and 1993 respectively. Currently senior vice president and chief financial officer of The J.M. Smucker Company , Mark is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and works extensively with adoptive family support group organizations. Beverly Belgya received a bachelor of science in accounting degree from The University of Akron in 1983 and is a certified public accountant.
The Belgyas are parents of two children, Kristi and Karli. The family resides in Jackson Township, Ohio.