THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT
Welcome, Alumni and Friends!
The University of Akron is grateful for the generous support it receives from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. The support enables the University to achieve its goals, including funding scholarships, fellowships, professorships, campus renovations, new facilities and much more.
The mission of Development is to strengthen and advance the University’s relationship with its alumni, friends and students. It is through these connections that both the University and its constituencies are enriched.
Whether in the form of a gift or through involvement, supporting the University yields an unparalleled return on investment for many benefactors, creating deep and lasting ties to the University – and to the students the institution serves.
You are invited to explore the many opportunities that UA offers alumni and friends to get involved and make a difference!
UA to receive largest gift in its history
The gift, from the estate of Jean Hower Taber, is estimated at more than $20 million, the largest in our 147-year history. Two-thirds of it will go to student scholarships; the rest will preserve Hower House and programming that supports the University's mission.
Alumnus named to Global Finance Power List
Joe Reece, executive vice chairman of UBS Securities LLC and an alumnus of The University of Akron, has been named to the list of “The 100 Most Powerful Men and Women in Finance” for 2017 by Worth Magazine.
$3 million estate gift to support mechanical engineering scholarships
Ernest R., ’51, and Marianna C. Grotefend directed a generous estate gift of $3 million to The University of Akron, with the first installment of $1.5 million received-to-date. These funds will support student scholarships in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
UA benefactor Pauline Frank's estate gift assists University Libraries
Ms. Franks passed away earlier this year. Her estate recently made a gift of more than $30,000 to support University Libraries, funds which will establish a more student-centered, inviting space for Bierce Library’s recently relocated Media Services unit.
Scholarship established honoring engineering alumnus Bob Bennett
Through his company, Bob Bennett Construction Co., Mr. Bennett’s work became an industry standard of excellence. After his passing in 2016, his family chose to honor his legacy by endowing The Bob Bennett Memorial Endowed Scholarship with a $250,000 gift.
Classmates establish scholarship to honor lifelong friend
Jones and Schaeffer say their friend enjoyed life and took his community work seriously, delighting in the differences he helped make in people’s lives. They say the depth of his friendship and willingness to get involved and promote education will always be remembered.