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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Gross, Rod and Linda Endowment
The Rod and Linda Gross Endowment was established in March 2011 to provide support to engineering students at The University of Akron, with special consideration given to students working toward careers in electrical engineering and/or computer engineering.
At the discretion of the department, funds from The Rod and Linda Gross Endowment will be used to benefit engineering students, including (but not limited to) new laboratory equipment, grants supporting class projects, and stipends for students conducting engineering-related research.
Rod Gross grew up in North Canton, Ohio, and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Akron in 1976. He participated in the cooperative education program and worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., as part of his education.
After graduating from The University of Akron, Rod’s first full-time engineering job was with Motorola in Schaumburg, Ill., where he met his wife, Linda. Rod and Linda moved to California’s Silicon Valley after they married in 1978. Rod was involved in several high-technology start-up companies that addressed various challenges of building the Internet until his retirement in April 1999. Rod and Linda are now living in Auburn, Calif.
“The University of Akron gave me a solid technical foundation upon which to establish a successful career in a very competitive and rapidly evolving technology field. The heavy emphasis of laboratory courses in the curriculum afforded me extensive practical experience as part of my education, which built my confidence to tackle difficult new technical problems with creativity. It is my hope that this endowment will help students at The University of Akron build a high level of confidence in solving future technical problems.” - Rod Gross