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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Estock, Mark A. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Mark A. Estock Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2016 by Roger V. Jones ’83 and Mark A. Schaeffer ’83 in memory of their friend, Mark A. Estock. The men were close friends and roommates while attending The University of Akron.
Mark Estock earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University of Akron in 1983 and went on to become a prominent figure in his family’s business, Creative Millwork of Ohio. He eventually became owner, president, and CEO of the company.
Estock was a devoted husband to his wife, Cindy, for 29 years, and a devoted father to their sons, Brian, Scott, Matthew, Christopher, and Andrew. Family and service to his local community were at the center of Estock’s life. He was a lifelong resident of Conneaut, Ohio, and served his community in a variety of ways, including as president of the Buckeye Local School Board, president of the Buckeye Band Boosters, and in various leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America.
Estock had a passion for life and enjoyed sailing, fishing, and woodworking, including crafting soap box vehicles with his sons who competed in the Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby. He also had a passion for engineering and The University of Akron and was pleased to see all of his sons attend the University, four of them graduating with degrees in engineering.
This scholarship is intended to honor Estock’s lifelong commitment to providing outstanding educational opportunities to students who, in turn, use their abilities and education to serve their local communities.
The Mark A. Estock Memorial Endowed Scholarship shall be awarded each year to a mechanical engineering student at The University of Akron. Selection of the recipient will be made by the chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department and the associate dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering. Selection criteria to be used for awarding this scholarship shall include community involvement, academic achievement, and financial need. The first scholarship will be awarded to a student for the fall 2017 semester.