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.
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Puglia, John M. Endowed New York City Travel Fund for Art Students
The John M. Puglia Endowed New York City Travel Fund for Art Students is intended to provide full or partial support for students in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at The University of Akron to travel to New York City during the school's annual spring trips.
The student recipient(s) will be selected by the faculty and school director from applications submitted by students. Recipients must be full-time junior or senior undergraduate art majors at the time of the trip.
The fund honors the memory of the late John M. Puglia, a 1988 graduate of The University of Akron who died of cancer at age 48 in 2013. The fund seeks to inspire students' passion for art and New York City, just as John was inspired when he traveled to New York City as part of a student trip led by UA Art Professor Don Harvey.
John was well known in the region for his own art and his collaborations with other artists through the magazines, gallery spaces, and often-elaborate events that he created. He was especially prolific in the last year of his life, with two gallery shows of new work in Akron.
Throughout his adult life, John balanced his creative ambitions with a successful professional career. He worked 19 years at Roadway Express (later YRC), rising to the position of director of corporate communications. His many accomplishments include creation of a Roadway-sponsored traveling Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and launching one of the first successful corporate websites. His Roadway site is nowin the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum. From 2009 until his death, John was creative director for WhiteSpace Creative in Akron.
John was founder of the Millworks Galleries, which opened in 1990 in the formerly abandoned BFGoodrich factory space. His work often focused on Akron themes and was exhibited at Millworks, We Gallery, and Square Records, among other venues.