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Farris, Darah Scholarship Fund
Darah Farris attended King School, Our Lady of the Elms (2007), and The University of Akron. In celebration of her life and legacy, her parents, George (UA classes of 1971, 1972, 1975, and 1981) and Debbie, and her sister, D. Maureen (UA class of 2009), created The Darah Farris Scholarship Fund.
Darah was admired by her family, friends, and peers for how she treated everyone equally with dignity and love. She was a loyal friend and classmate who could be relied upon with confidence.
Her passion was teaching inner-city children in Greater Akron, whom she considered privileged. Darah touched many lives in her role as a teacher, mentor, and caregiver. The children loved her unconditionally, as she loved them. Because of her, their lives will be enriched, as they are a well-prepared future generation.
The Darah Farris Scholarship Fund awards last dollars, tuition, books, and/or fees to candidates meeting the criteria established and deemed appropriate by The Darah Farris Scholarship Fund Committee. Students in Greater Akron, with preference to students residing in the 44306 area code, are eligible to apply. Preference also will be given to students from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing their college degrees as first-generation college students. Diversity factors that will be considered include: (1) urban-area residency, (2) evidence of leadership ability, (3) family income,(4) involvement in extracurricular activities, (5) achievement in spite of difficult personal or family situations, (6) completion of special projects or programs that offer evidence of significant effort and accomplishment, (7) first-generation college attendance, and (8) community involvement and volunteerism. Students must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50. The Darah Farris Scholarship recipient applications shall be reviewed and selected by the committee and reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. Selections shall be approved by D. Maureen Farris.