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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Pirogowicz, Elaine Marie Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Catherine E. Pirogowicz established The Elaine Marie Pirogowicz Memorial Scholarship in memory of their daughter, Elaine. In 1963 and at the age of eight, Elaine passed away from leukemia. Elaine had a beautiful smile and caring spirit that will be memorialized through the scholarship awards.
This scholarship is open to students enrolled in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences with financial need. Preference is given to a student with an interest in immunization and molecular or cellular biology. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA to be considered and may apply for renewal of the award provided the minimum GPA level is maintained. The scholarship committee and the Office of Student Financial Aid will review and provide the top five selected applications to either Joseph and Catherine Pirogowicz and/or Robert and Pamela Fournier for final review and suggested selection.