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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Advancing Up Job Prep Program Scholarship Fund
The Advancing Up Job Prep Program was established in July 1995, to benefit individuals on public assistance in pursuing a certificate or degree program at The University of Akron.
This endowment fund's purpose is to provide support for instructional fees, books, class materials and supplies to TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients enrolled at The University of Akron. The scholarship is open to students pursuing either a certificate, two-year or four-year degree in any major. Preference will be given to Community & Technical College students. The students selected are required to maintain at least a cumulative 2.00 grade point average. In addition to Advancing Up Program participants, any student receiving public assistance, such as prevention, retention, and contingency funds, food stamps, or cash assistance, may be eligible for a scholarship. However, preference will be given to TANF or Ohio Works First recipients.