Although never a student at The University of Akron, Virginia Ewald was a generous supporter of the University. Her enthusiasm for young people kept her young, her friends say. She never tired of meeting students and attending a number of cultural activities and programs at UA over the years. Prior to her passing away in 2008 at age 93, Ms. Ewald made arrangements to establish “and fund with a gift in her estate” The Virginia Ewald Endowed Scholarship in Education at The University of Akron.

Ms. Ewald lived in harmony with those around her. A native of Stow and a lifetime resident of the greater Akron community, her friends describe Ms. Ewald as a quiet woman who easily found common interest with many of the people she met. They suggest it was her generous spirit—and her ability to offer just the right word of encouragement at the moment it was needed most.

Ms. Ewald spent most of her professional life as an executive secretary at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. A graduate of East High School, her friends described her as a friendly neighbor who enjoyed working in her garden of her Goodyear Heights home, and who would often check in on neighbors she had not seen in a while. 

As Ms. Ewald’s scholarship supports the educational advancement of the next generation of educators, it also pays enduring tribute to a legacy of a great, if quiet, neighbor; someone who cared for those around her, and through her philanthropy, made her own place in the lives and futures of others.

To discuss establishing a scholarship which may honor your own interests in shaping the future, contact Kate Bame or David Horn at 330-972-6870.