Athletics Development - Scholarships
The University of Akron Department of Athletics Scholarship Descriptions
The Raymond W. Acus III, M.D./Timothy J. Myer, M.D. Endowed Fund
This fund, established in 2003 by Dr. Ray Acus III and Dr. Timothy Myer, dedicated team physicians in the field of Orthopedics for The University of Akron. The endowed fund provides scholarship assistance for a student at The University of Akron who ideally is pursuing a degree in Athletic Training for Sports Medicine and does clinical hours with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The recipient of this scholarship will be chosen by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Medicine Staff and the team physicians. With an emphasis on promoting diversity and creating access to higher education for all, preference for the scholarship should be given to students who come from a diverse background that are in financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, have strong leadership abilities, and a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0. Consideration should also be given to students who are the first in their families to attend college.
In awarding the scholarships, the Selection Committee and the Office of Financial Aid will consider each student’s economic and social background as well as his or her academic achievement. Recognizing the value of diversity, the Selection Committee and the Office of Financial Aid will seek students from a variety of backgrounds so that the University will be comprised of students with varied interests, viewpoints, and life expectancies.
Akron Golf Charities, Inc., established this endowed scholarship in 1987 with proceeds from the NEC World Series of Golf. It provides tuition assistance to deserving undergraduates participating in the intercollegiate golf program. Selection of the recipients is determined by the University Scholarship Committee upon recommendation of the coach.
The Andre J. Andreoli Scholarship Fund for football players was created in 2007 in memory of Mr. Andreoli. A graduate of The University of Akron, Mr. Andreoli was a member of the Zips football team. He holds the distinction of having scored the first touchdown in the Rubber Bowl in 1940.
Mr. Andreoli served four years in the U.S. Navy as a First Lieutenant during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After returning to Akron, he began an extensive business career that included developing numerous business properties. He was also CEO of several companies listed on The American Stock Exchange. Mr. Andreoli was one of Hilton Hotel’s first franchisees and a partner in several local restaurants.
Family and friends established the Andreoli Scholarship and made a gift in recognition of Mr. Andreoli’s contributions to the hospitality industry in the Akron area. Many businesses received their start from Mr. Andreoli, and he was well known and respected for his business acumen.
This endowment fund, established under the will of Bruce W. “Scotty” Bierce, Class of 1920, who died in 1982, provides scholarships for deserving athletes at the University. Awards are made by the director of athletics in cooperation with the University Scholarship Committee. A prominent Akron attorney and community leader, the benefactor excelled in football as a University undergraduate. This scholarship endows the "split end" position of the football team.
This scholarship was established in December, 1993, by Frances Yates Bittle as a gift to her husband, Ed. An Akron native, Ed is grateful to The University of Akron for giving him the opportunity to earn a college degree and build a successful career. His affinity for the athletic program has influenced Fran to direct this endowment to support deserving student athletes. The recipient shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, shall be at least a third semester or second year student, and shall be selected each year by the Director of Athletics. It also is preferred that grandchildren or step-grandchildren of Ed Bittle be eligible for this scholarship, if they meet the GPA requirements. (Note: grandchildren or step-grandchildren need not be student athletes.)
This fund was established in 1995 by Dr. Charles Casto, a 1947 University of Akron graduate who also served as manager for the men's basketball team during his time as a student. Dr. Casto always has had an appreciation for the dedication and work ethic needed to be a manager and initiated this fund as a way of annually assisting an individual who, like a student-athlete, must balance the demands of an athletic schedule with classroom work. The recipient should maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and should value citizenship and sportsmanship. Selection each year should be made by the head men's basketball coach.
Established in 1998 by Dr. Charles E. Casto, a 1947 graduate of The University of Akron and former manager for the men's basketball team during his years as an undergraduate student, this scholarship will provide scholarship assistance for individuals who serve as managers for the women's basketball team. From his own experience, Dr. Casto knows well the responsibilities of a manager require excellent organizational and time management skills. These behind-the-scenes individuals are integral parts of the team and its success. It is Dr. Casto's intention is to provide his recognition for their efforts.
It is Dr. Casto's desire that student manager recipients of this scholarship maintain a 2.5 grade point average and display exemplary character and citizenship. Selection is to be made by the head women's basketball coach.
Comdoc Office Systems, a dedicated supporter of The University of Akron athletic program, initiated this fund to each year provide scholarship assistance for a male or female student-athlete. A recipient shall be selected each year by the director of athletics.
Joan M. Cutrone, a 1956 graduate of The University of Akron, established this scholarship in 1992. Ms. Cutrone is a member of the Akron Softball Hall of Fame and was a teacher/volleyball coach at Kenmore High School for 26 years. Recipients of this scholarship must have a 3.00 or better gradeâ€‘point average. Selection will be made annually by the director of athletics and the head softball coach.
Established in May of 1991 by the (seven) children of the DiDonato family to honor their parents, Leopold and Beatrice DiDonato, who instilled in them the necessity and the importance of receiving a college education, this endowed scholarship is open to an undergraduate student athlete who has met the requirements to be enrolled in the college of business administration, education, or nursing. Selection of the scholarship recipients is by the University Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the Department of Athletics, with final review by members of the DiDonato family.
This scholarship was permanently endowed in 1991 by the Varsity ‘A’ Association to honor Porfere "Porky" Dudich for his outstanding service to The University of Akron athletic department. This scholarship provides tuition aid for a fifth-‘year undergraduate student athlete who is selected annually by Varsity "A".
Established in 1974 through the memorial contributions of friends and family of Professor Emeritus Thomas W. Evans, dedicated and loyal member of the University family who will long be remembered for his outstanding contributions in the field of athletics, this endowed fund is to be used by the University Scholarship Committee to provide assistance to worthy students with preference given to participants in varsity track.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Gill are members of the Founders Club of the John R. Buchtel Society and the Zips Athletics Scholarship Fund (Z-Fund). Mr. Gill is a graduate of The University of Akron College of Business Administration and a former track athlete. He is also a Director of The University of Akron Foundation.
The Robert J. and Jacqueline B. Gill Endowed Fund for Track and Field/Cross Country was established to provide permanent funding for The University of Akron Track and Field/Cross Country programs. Mr. and Mrs. Gill are long-time benefactors of the University and have provided annual, special and capital support of the Track and Field/Cross Country teams to assist talented student-athletes in Mid-American Conference, NCAA Division I Regional, and NCAA Division National competition. Their gifts have helped the teams and student-athletes successfully compete in major meets and to achieve academically as students of the University.
The Robert J. and Jacqueline B. Gill Endowed Fund for Track and Field/Cross Country provides supplemental funding for the University’s Track and Field/Cross Country programs. Resources can be used for scholarships, equipment purchases, travel, capital projects, and other projects as deemed important to the Track and Field/Cross Country. Income from The Robert J. and Jacqueline B. Gill Endowed Fund for Track and Field/Cross Country will be used at the discretion of the Head Coach of the University’s Track and Field/Cross Country teams. In creating this Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Gill demonstrate their commitment to the University and to the student/athletes participating in Track and Field/Cross Country.
This scholarship was established in 1995 by Dean and Jacqueline Grinstead, avid basketball fans and loyal supporters of The University of Akron basketball program. The Grinstead's, as a result of their appreciation of intercollegiate athletics and its positive effect on young people, have initiated this fund to ensure that a member of the University's men's basketball team receives scholarship assistance each year. The recipient shall have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to be eligible for this award. In addition, the young man must display qualities of sportsmanship and strong moral character which are held in high regard by the Grinsteads. The director of athletics, in consultation with the men's basketball coach, shall select the awardee.
This endowed fund was established in 1983 by friends and relatives of the late Lincoln Hackim, Sr. in memory of his dedicated service to amateur baseball, the Akron community and The University of Akron. Endowment income is to be made available for scholarships in the UA intercollegiate baseball program.
This scholarship was established in February 1993 by John R. and Sandy Hansel, dedicated supporters and fans of The University of Akron athletic program, on behalf of the entire Hansel family to endow the ‘quarterback position’ on the football team. Each year, funds from this endowment will be designated for the scholarship of an individual who plays quarterback on the team.
Established in October of 1994, this scholarship honors the memory of William N. Heideman, respected coach, mentor, and friend to so many during his lifetime as a member of the Akron community. Based on his participation in track/cross country while a student at The University of Akron and on the immense impact that he had on high school track in Akron as a coach at Buchtel High School, this scholarship shall be awarded annually to a male or female member of the University's track/cross country team. Preference will be given to student-athletes who are graduates of a school in the Akron Public School system or from a school located in Summit County. The recipient must be eligible to compete as a first year freshman under NCAA rules, must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in high school and shell be a person of exemplary character, high moral standards, and integrity. It is the wish of the Heideman family that, providing he/she remains academically eligible with a minimum grade point average of 2.5, the same student-athlete receive this award each year until he/she concludes eligibility.
An avid fan of University of Akron soccer for many years, it is the intention of alumnus Jim Hinson that a scholarship be established to, each year, provide grant-in-aid of assistance to a deserving young person who chooses to play soccer at The University of Akron. It is Mr. Hinson’s wish that the recipient of this scholarship be selected by the head soccer coach.
This endowment was established in 1993 by Frank J. Jackson through an estate gift. Mr. Jackson had an appreciation for The University of Akron and for the impact it has had on so many young lives. It was his intention to make a permanent gesture which would provide ongoing assistance for young people in pursuit of a college degree. Monies from this fund will foster the development of a swim program by providing scholarship assistance for deserving student athletes with first priority going to those who participate in the University intercollegiate swim program. It is the intention of the donor that this scholarship will always remain within the athletic department.
Established by the late Clarence A. Kelley, Class of 1931, prominent Akron businessman and attorney who was devoted to the University, this fund is used to provide financial assistance for deserving undergraduates who are participants in the University’s intercollegiate athletic program.
This endowed fund was established in 1983 by friends and relatives of the late James ‘Sid’ Laria in memory of his dedicated service to the Akron community and The University of Akron. Endowment income is made available for scholarships in the intercollegiate football program.
The Gordon K. Larson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by the family and friends of Gordon K. Larson. The scholarship honors the memory of Gordon K. Larson and recognizes his distinguished career at The University of Akron as football coach and athletic director.
An Akron native and graduate of South High School, Mr. Larson coached the Zips football program from 1961-1972 compiling a career record of 74-33-5. His .683 winning percentage stands as the best in school history.
Mr. Larson was named Athletic Director at The University of Akron in 1970 and served in that important assignment until his retirement in 1985. In his term as athletic director, the Zips moved from the NCAA College Division to NCAA Division II status and ultimately to NCAA Division I status. His leadership was instrumental in the Rapid Expansion of physical facilities and the emergence of women’s sports.
The Gordon K. Larson Memorial Scholarship will provide annual support for qualified freshman student athletes competing in the men’s football program. The character, integrity and honesty of the recipient should be foremost in the mind of the head football coach, who will have full authority in selecting the recipient.
Bob and Sue met and married while they both worked at The University of Akron. Sue is a great friend of the University, having worked here for nearly 40 years in key support roles for The University of Akron’s Business and Finance Departments. She retired from the position of Assistant to the Vice President of Finance and has remained very active at the University. Sue has been a staunch supporter of Zips Athletics, Hower House, scholarships and campus enhancements. Sue is a member of The University of Akron Women’s Committee and is also involved with the Children’s Concert Society, which is an educational non-profit that fosters music appreciation in youth. In 2007 Sue was awarded The Kenneth “Red” Cochrane Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of Zips athletics.
Robert W. Larson was a student athlete at the University, lettering in basketball and earning his degree in Business Administration in 1946 and earned induction into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society. He was also a proud member of The Pi Kappa Epsilon fraternity, also known as Lone Star. After graduation, Bob was a high school coach and teacher at his alma mater; Akron South High School. Later on, Dr. Norman P. Auburn recruited Bob to the University of Akron to work in the Admissions Office, and Bob recruited a large number of students from the New York area to receive the Muehlstein Scholarship. Bob offered a total of 16 years of distinguished service to the University and finished his career in the Department of Student Services as Director, Student Financial Aid. In 2007 Bob received the Mike Krino Achievement Award which is given to former letter winners who have distinguished themselves and the University through their accomplishments.
The M. Sue and Robert W. Larson Scholarship for Business and Athletics will provide annual support for qualified students in The College of Business Administration and qualified student athletes competing in the men’s basketball program. Recipients will be chosen by the respective scholarship committees.
Established in 1977 by Francis Maffei, Jr., Emily P. Maffei of Butler, Pennsylvania, and their sons, Francis Maffei III, Class of 1970, and Charles Maffei, Class of 1974, this educational fund is used to provide tuition grants for undergraduates participating in track at the University with first preference given to students from Pennsylvania.
Established in 1988 by the James P. McCready Family Foundation, this fund provides tuition aide for undergraduate students who are members of The University of Akron Golf Team. A former Zip golfer, it is Mr. McCready's intention to provide assistance for those who are earning a college degree while representing the University's intercollegiate golf program. The selection of scholarship recipients from funds generated annually from this endowment will be made by the Head Golf Coach.
The Medical Mutual of Ohio Scholarship was established in 2004 as an endowed fund to provide scholarships to The University of Akron students. The income from the endowment is to be awarded for general scholarships. Recipients will be determined and be known as the Medical Mutual Scholars.
Established in September, 1991 by the wife, Eloise and children of M. Norman Menendez to honor her husband and their father, respectively. Scholarship recipients will be student-athletes who are enrolled in the College of Business and preference will be given if they have family membership in an Akron area credit union. Selection of the scholarship recipients is made by the University Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the Department of Athletics, with final review by the Menendez family.
In 1991, The Norman Menendez Credit Union Scholarship Fund was established by the Credit Union Basketball Committee (CUBC) in conjunction with the annual "Credit Union Night" basketball promotion at The University of Akron. As a result of this promotion, a scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving University of Akron student that is, preferably, a credit union member. The recipient will be selected by the University's athletic department. His/her name will be placed in the annual "Credit Union Night" game program.
Former University of Akron student-athlete George Myers, class of 1934, established this scholarship to benefit a member of the University's golf team. An avid golfer himself, who still places a high premium on physical fitness, Mr. Myers always has had an appreciation for the education provided by The University of Akron and for the lessons learned through athletic competition. It is his desire that the recipient of this annual award have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and be a young man of strong morals and solid citizenship, qualities which are held in high regard by Mr. Myers.
Established in 1985 by Caroline J. Pardee, Class of 1932, devoted alumna and an enthusiastic backer of women’s athletics, this endowed fund provides financial assistance for deserving women undergraduates who are participants in the University’s varsity’s intercollegiate athletic program.
The Caroline J. Pardee Varsity Sports Endowed Scholarship for Women was established in 1998 by Caroline J. Pardee, Class of ’32, to recognize the leadership provided by outstanding women participating in sports at The University of Akron. Pardee, a long-time supporter and advocate of the women’s athletics program, will annually fund four scholarships considering grade point average, leadership, and financial need. Prior to the fall semester each year, one scholarship will be designated to each of three sports, women’s basketball, volleyball, and softball with a fourth being awarded, using the same criteria, to an outstanding woman in one of the other varsity sports.
The W. Stuver and Nancy (Collins) Parry “Always First Class” Endowment fund was established by Stu and Nancy Parry, classmates and life long sweethearts from The University of Akron Class of 1956. Mr. and Mrs. Parry are natives of Akron, Ohio. Mr. Parry attended Oberlin College before leaving to serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After his military service, Mr. Parry came to The University of Akron where he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society. Mrs. Parry earned a B.A. from the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. A member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, Mrs. Parry was an active leader and participant in student government during her academic career.
W. Stuver Parry began his professional career at his family’s company, Akron Welding & Spring Company. He served as treasurer from 1954 to 1977, and in 1977, was named president of the company. Mr. Parry and his family ultimately formed the Parry Corporation, which included Akron Welding and Spring, Gas Technics of Ohio, Parry Home Medical Division, Wooster Welding Supply and Canton Safety. These companies dealt in industrial and medical gases, welding supplies, and fire and safety equipment. In 1996, the Parry Corporation was sold to Praxair, Inc., where Mr. Parry retired as Chairman of Praxair Distribution.
Mr. and Mrs. Parry participate fully in civic and church related activities in the Akron, Ohio area and La Quinta, California. They have served in leadership roles of the Salvation Army, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, the United Way of Summit County, The University of Akron Women’s Committee, the YMCA, Western Reserve Academy Board of Trustees, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron Women’s Board, Akron Garden Club, The University of Akron National Alumni Board, and The University of Akron Foundation, among many other organizations. For his service to The University of Akron, Mr. Parry has received and University’s Alumni Honor Award and has been named to the Varsity “A” Hall of Fame. Mr. and Mrs. Parry are the proud parents of four children and twelve grandchildren.
Stu Parry is the Father of the Men’s Soccer Program at The University of Akron. In 1954, as a student player and coach, he began The University of Akron’s men’s varsity soccer program. In this role, Coach Parry always stressed to his soccer players how important it was to represent The University of Akron and themselves in a “first class” manner both on and off the field. The competitive spirit, teamwork, sportsmanship and camaraderie Coach Parry instilled in his players helped shape their lives in positive ways and made for one of the most successful collegiate soccer programs in the country – yesterday and today.
To encourage, advance and reward “first class” attributes of leadership, good citizenship, academic prowess and athletic talent, among student athletes at The University of Akron, The W. Stuver and Nancy C. Parry “Always First Class” Endowment will provide scholarship assistance for tuition, books, and fees, as well as on-campus housing, for one or more men’s soccer players. The Head Coach of the Men’s Soccer Program, in conjunction with The University of Akron’s Office of Student Affairs and Financial Assistance, will select the Parry Scholar(s). If, for some unforeseen reason, a men’s soccer program ceases to exist at The University of Akron, The W. Stuver and Nancy C. Parry “Always First Class” Endowment will support scholarships for student athletes, as determined by the Athletic Director, in conjunction with The University of Akron’s Office of Student Affairs and Financial Assistance.
Income from this endowment fund, established in 1967 by Mr. and Mrs. William E. Paschal, provides scholarship assistance to students participating in intercollegiate football.
This endowed scholarship was established by the Roofers and Sheet Metal Contractors Association in 1991. Scholarship recipients shall be selected by the association from a list of qualified student athletes provided by The University of Akron’s athletic department. Scholarship recipients shall have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative gradeâ€‘point average. In addition, recipients shall be from the geographical area represented by the association.
The Marion "Madeo" Rossi Athletic Scholarship was established in 1998 through memorial contributions from family and friends who wish to remember a man who touched many lives in the Akron community. Madeo, a 1956 College of Education graduate, was an outstanding quarterback and kicker for the Zips in 1953 and 1954 and set many college records. He was inducted into the Varsity "A" Association Hall of Fame in 1986. This scholarship provides tuition aid for a University of Akron athlete with preference given to graduates of Garfield High School where Madeo was a standout three-sport athlete. Madeo taught health for 31 years and coached wrestling, baseball, basketball, football, and was also the athletic director at Garfield.
Established in 2000 by Karl Schwarzinger, this scholarship will provide financial assistance for young men on The University of Akron basketball team. Based upon his own experience as a Zips student-athlete, Mr. Schwarzinger established this scholarship as a tribute to young men who pursue their athletic dreams while maintaining high academic standards in the classroom. It is Mr. Schwarzinger’s desire that student-athlete recipients of this scholarship maintain a consistently satisfactory grade point average and display exemplary character and citizenship. Selection is to be made by the head men’s basketball coach with consultation from Mr. Schwarzinger or those appointed by him.
The Agnes “Aggie” Shuman Athletic Scholarship was established in 1998 by her children. Aggie lovingly touched the lives of many students in the Akron Public Schools through her service as an adult school-crossing guard. Her fifty-year tenure is the longest in Akron Public School history at that position. She was a lover and a long-time supporter of all sports played in the Akron City Series League, and some of her most passionate memories were born in the grandstands as she supported her children and grandchildren on their various athletic fields. Later, her enthusiasm shifted to the teams coached by her sons and in her final years, Aggie’s orange hat was a prominent fixture in the crowd at Ellet High’s softball games, watching her “adopted” athletes of her son’s teams. This scholarship provides tuition aid for a University of Akron student-athlete with preference given to graduates of Ellet High School where Aggie loyally followed the teams coached by her sons. The selection of the scholarship recipient will be made by the Department of Athletics with recommendations from Ellet High School Coaches and with final review by members of the Shuman family.
This endowed scholarship was established in 1992 by Walter J. and Genevieve Staiger, friends and avid supporters of the University’s athletic program. Scholarship recipients shall be selected by the director of athletics. The recipient should be either a deserving male or female student athlete who exemplifies qualities of academic integrity, citizenship, and sportsmanship.
The John F. Stephenson Family Endowed Scholarship was initially established in 2002. This scholarship fund provides assistance for deserving student-athletes who show exemplary leadership skills and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Preference will be given to male and/or female student-athletes who are graduates of St. Vincent - St. Mary's High School, in Akron, Ohio.
This scholarship was established during the 1994-95 academic year in recognition of the efforts and needs of the women student-athletes at The University of Akron. The initial contributors to this fund include a wide variety of individuals interested in supporting and advancing women's athletics at The University of Akron. Funds from this endowment shall be annually designated for summer scholarships which are essential in order to competitively recruit top Division I female student-athletes.
This scholarship was established in 1995 by "Whitey" Wahl, one of the most prolific athletes to ever play for The University of Akron. A three-sport performer in baseball, basketball, and football who is a member of the University's athletic Hall of Fame, "Whitey" has remained a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of his alma mater and has initiated this fund with the idea of directly impacting the academic and athletic pursuits of a deserving student-athlete every year. The recipient of this annual award shall be a member of either the baseball, basketball, or football team. The young man shall place a priority on academic achievement and shall display the qualities of citizenship and sportsmanship which are held in high regard by "Whitey."
Established in 1975 by Wade Wallace and the Northern Ohio Professional Golfers Association, this fund provides athletic golf awards to students selected by the director of athletics of the University or such person as the director may appoint. Selection is made from qualified applicants from the northern Ohio area.
This endowed scholarship was established by the Scott and Gail Wilkes Family for the benefit of a student-athlete participating in women’s soccer.
In awarding the scholarships, the Selection Committee will consider student-athletes who are attending summer school and have a financial need. The student-athletes should be working towards a baccalaureate degree with a declared a field of study and maintain a GPA of 2.75. The selection of scholarship recipients from funds generated annually from this endowment will be made by the Head Women’s Soccer Coach.
Established in 1979 by family and friends in memory of Max W. Williams of Akron, Class of 1957 and former president of the Bissell Company of Cleveland, this scholarship fund provides tuition assistance for deserving undergraduates who are participants in the University’s intercollegiate athletics program, with selection by the director of athletics. Memorial contributions are welcome.
This scholarship was established by Ron and Lisa Wray, longtime advocates of University of Akron student-athletes. The Wray's have been season ticket holders for both men's and women's basketball and football since Lisa began her career at The University of Akron in residence life and off-campus housing. Their affinity for the University and its students prompted them to establish this endowed scholarship. Recipients of The Ronald S. and Lisa Kaye Wray Endowed Scholarship are to be varsity male and/or female basketball players at The University of Akron and must live in the University's residence halls.
James P. McCready Family Foundation Golf Scholarship