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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Mack, Honorable Monte E. Endowed Trial Advocacy Fund
The Honorable Monte E. Mack Endowed Trial Advocacy Fund was established at The University of Akron in April 2019 by Gwendolyn R. Mack in memory of her husband, The Honorable Monte E. Mack.
Judge Mack attended The University of Akron, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the track team. He graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor of arts degree, and earned his law degree from The University of Akron School of Law in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and later worked as a corporate attorney before going into private practice and ultimately becoming an Akron Municipal Court judge. He served on the bench from 1983 until his retirement in 1997.
Mrs. Mack chose to establish The Honorable Monte E. Mack Endowed Trial Advocacy Fund, which will support Akron Law’s trial advocacy programming, because Judge Mack “loved good trial lawyers.” As a judge, he is remembered for his strict and decisive courtroom demeanor. As a man, he was known for being a warm and kind mentor, as well as a gentleman and a gentle man with a wry sense of humor and a subtle competitive spirit.
The Honorable Monte E. Mack Endowed Trial Advocacy Fund is a wonderful way to continue Judge Mack’s legacy by training the next generation of trial attorneys.
The Honorable Monte E. Mack Endowed Trial Advocacy Fund shall be used to support the operation, travel, marketing and/or growth of Akron Law’s trial advocacy programming. The dean of the School of Law or his/her designee will direct the use of funds.