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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Marcinkoski, Frank J. Endowed Scholarship
The Frank J. Marcinkoski Endowed Scholarship was established in 2019 by Annette Marcinkoski, (’55) in loving memory of her father, Frank J. Marcinkoski, (’33). Mr. Marcinkoski graduated from The University of Akron with a degree in electrical engineering and went on to work as an engineer for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, where he served as head of the Goodyear Powerhouse.
Ms. Marcinkoski graduated from The University of Akron’s College of Education and went on to teach in the Flint, Michigan public schools. She later became Executive Director of the Flint Classroom Support Fund.
Ms. Marcinkoski established The Frank J. Marcinkoski Endowed Scholarship to honor her father’s legacy by supporting current and future generations of students pursuing careers in electrical engineering.
The Frank J. Marcinkoski Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to one or more students pursuing degrees in electrical engineering. Scholarship recipients will be selected by The University of Akron Scholarship Committee.