UCAA scholarships support future Bearcat alumni
It’s no surprise the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association offers a variety of services to those who have already received their education, including career placement assistance, guidance and networking, as well as engagement opportunities with other alums and students. Yet some may be surprised to learn that the Alumni Association also helps future and current Bearcats through a variety of scholarships that help defray the costs of a top-notch education.Think you know a current student who might be eligible for a scholarship? The UCAA is already accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year, so read on to learn more about these special awards and the students who are building their futures at UC because of them.
Demakes Legacy Scholars
UCAA’s largest offering of scholarships has been awarded this year to 34 incoming students who are children or grandchildren of alumni who are part of UCAA’s members in the Loyal Bearcat Society and William Howard Taft Society. The scholarship carries the name of a true UC legend, Chris Demakes, A&S ’62, JD ’65, who led the Alumni Association for more than 20 years and brought the organization to new levels of prominence through fundraising and engagement efforts.
Demakes frequently traveled to Washington, D.C., to seek matching funds for building projects at UC and was a major force behind the construction of the Myers Alumni Center. Many members who were touched by his service made contributions upon his retirement — and years later, at his passing. Their gifts initially funded scholarships to help build generational traditions by rewarding legacy students and attracting the best and brightest minds to the university.