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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Marchese, Joseph J. Education Scholarship
Mr. Joseph J. Marchese was born April 27, 1925, in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1943 and served in the Navy in World War II. Mr. Marchese achieved a B.A. in education and an M.A. in education at Ohio State University. Mr. Marchese taught in the Akron Public Schools until his retirement in 1978. He was a student-teacher supervisor in history at both The University of Akron and Kent State University. He was a member of many social and professional organizations, including The Knights of Columbus, Akron Education Association, and The Ohio Education Association. He was director of the City of Akron Teen Center for five years. Mr. Marchese also established The Marchese Insurance Agency.
The Joseph J. Marchese Education Scholarship was established by a gift from his family to commemorate a life-long love of teaching. The scholarship is to be awarded to a non-traditional student majoring in Education. The scholarship will be awarded annually for the fall semester.