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University of Akron regional campuses have two new scholarships

Jim and Donna Dale Davis are among Wayne College’s biggest advocates, and they promote its mission and positive impact throughout the community. The Davises and Dr. Janet Thompson and her husband, Gerald, have established scholarships for students entering UA this fall.  PHOTO PROVIDED

ORRVILLE  The University of Akron Wayne College announces two new scholarships to offer students fall semester 2021. The two new scholarships include The Miles-Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship and The James A., Jr. and Donna Dale Davis Endowed Scholarship.
Recently established by UA faculty member, Dr. Janet Thompson and her husband, Gerald, The Miles-Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship is designed to help students preferably at the Medina campus, followed by Wayne College, according to a news release. Eligible recipients can either be full-time or part-time students with financial need, majoring in a STEM field with first consideration given to nursing and engineering students.
The James A., Jr. and Donna Dale Davis Endowed Scholarship was recently established by James “Jim” and Donna Dale for students attending Wayne College on a full-time basis and demonstrate financial need. Eligible recipients must be graduates of Orrville or Dalton high schools.
“It’s our pleasure to give area students the benefits of a major university close to home and to help them achieve their dreams,” stated Donna Dale Davis.
As part of the historic group of founding benefactors whose gifts helped establish the College in 1972, the Davises hold education in high regard. Their desire is to help future students overcome financial barriers that would hold them back from pursuing their higher education goals.
“We encourage Wayne and Holmes County residents to endow similar scholarships to leave a legacy and assist local students annually,” added Jim Davis.
For questions regarding financial aid and scholarships, prospective and current students are encouraged to contact the Student Services Center at 330-684-8900. Additional scholarships can be found online at

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