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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Bevilacqua, Frank P. and Marie Scholarship in Accounting
The Frank P. and Marie Bevilacqua Scholarship in Accounting was created in December 2006. Frank P. and Marie Bevilacqua are both proud graduates of The University of Akron. Frank received a B.A. in mathematics and an MBA in 1972, and Marie received a master’s degree in elementary education in 1974. Frank is president of Winer and Bevilacqua, an accounting firm in Akron. Marie taught elementary school in Akron and later taught religious school at St. Hilary. The Bevilacquas have three grown children.
The Bevilacquas are strong believers in education and in giving back to their University and to their community.
Recipients of The Frank P. and Marie Bevilacqua Scholarship in Accounting must be enrolled in the College of Business, majoring in accounting. They must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and be Ohio residents with demonstrated financial need. Decisions shall be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid.