Douglas DavisDouglas P. Davis was known for his bright smile, love for family and eagerness to make new friends. The University of Akron College of Education is honored to celebrate his memory with a newly established scholarship to help support students who seek a career in special education.

Barbara P. Davis, Douglas’ mother, established The Douglas P. Davis Endowed Scholarship Fund, as a way to express her gratitude for everyone that assisted him during his lifetime and final days. Much care and love filled his days, including that of his family, and the personnel who assisted him will never be forgotten.

Davis was born with Downs Syndrome and eventually was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. These debilitating disabilities did not prohibit him from making a lasting impression on everyone he met during his 56 years of life. He had a tremendous impact on the medical staff and caregivers he worked with, and will be remembered for his infectious personality.

Davis was blessed with two siblings, Kurt and Betsy, and loving parents Donald and Barbara. His sister spoke of how he rarely had an unhappy day, and was always willing to speak to individuals he came in contact with.

Mrs. Davis decided a scholarship would be a meaningful way to allow her son to have a continued impact on people’s lives. Mrs. Davis made the first contribution in January 2013, with the goal of having a fund that would give in perpetuity. Once endowed, this scholarship will be available annually to a student pursuing a degree in the College of Education. Preference will be given to students with a special education teaching concentration and students who have demonstrated financial need. 

Due to the generosity of the Mary Frances Shale Trust, this fund will receive matching dollars for contributions received until the Shale Trust monies are exhausted. 

To donate to this fund, please go to to make a gift.