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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Larson, Ralph and Regina Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Ralph and Regina Larson Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in June 2013 through a gift from the Larson family. Longtime residents of Akron, Ohio, Ralph and Regina Larson had a profound impact on family, friends, and colleagues. They were married for 62 years and maintained a deep and abiding faith, love, and devotion to one another. They raised their two children in a life of faith at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Ralph was a wonderful man and true educator. He was a formal and informal leader throughout his life. He had a great sense of humor and humility and enjoyed helping others with his insights with great timing. He was an outstanding athlete at the high school and collegiate levels in football, basketball, swimming, and golf, to name a few. During WWII he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. After the war he married, was a devoted husband and outstanding father, earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in education, and worked formally and informally as an educator for many decades - until the day he died.
Regina was a beautiful woman, inside and out. Her photos were often in the Akron Beacon Journal since she was also photogenic. She and Ralph enjoyed many friendships, as well as traveling to visit family and friends. She also was a loving daughter, wife, mom, nana, and great-grandmother. Their family consists of two children, four grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Regina and Ralph could have fun when entertaining or just doing daily activities with their kids.
The Larson family had a great appreciatlon for higher education, professionalism, a strong work ethic, sound personal and professional fiscal management, and teaching and leading by example. Ralph worked as an outstanding, respected administrator at The University of Akron for many years. Regina was one of the top realtors in Akron soon after beginning work in that field. She also was very involved with the Faculty Women's group.
Both are lovingly missed by their family and friends. This scholarship opportunity for College of Education students has been created in their memory.
Mark G. Larson and Jeanine Larson-Dobbins, both graduates of The University of Akron College of Education, invite and encourage family and friends to join in supporting this fund. This memorial scholarship serves as a tribute to Ralph's and Regina's commitment to helping others.
Potential scholarship candidates must be enrolled full time in The University of Akron College of Education. The Larson family and the College of Education dean's office will select the recipients annually. The Ralph and Regina Larson Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide last dollars for tuition to candidates meeting the criteria established. No refund checks should be generated as a result of this scholarship award.