When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.
For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 named scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.
Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.
The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.
If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study.
To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238.
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WHITE, REGINALD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Reginald White Memorial Scholarship was established in 1978 by the Alpha Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., as a loving tribute to the memory of Brother Reginald White, whose life was tragically lost during a cave exploration in West Virginia. The scholarship fund was revised in 2017.
Two incoming freshmen are to be selected annually by Alpha Tau chapter committee members as Reginald White Scholars without restriction as to race, color, creed, sex or national origin. Academic achievement, financial need, personality and commitment to individual improvement are to be considered in the selection of recipients. This scholarship is open to full-time or part-time University of Akron students who are taking at least six (6) credit hours or more.