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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Whitmore, Mrs. Betsy Memorial Scholarship
The Mrs. Betsy Whitmore Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011. Mrs. Betsy Whitmore graduated from The University of Akron in 1938 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She passed away on April 26, 2010, and on the occasion of her death, the family established this one-time scholarship fund from the many thoughtful memorial gifts received.
Mrs. Whitmore’s children wish to have two students in tThe Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences receive one-time scholarships for fall semester 2011 from this fund. The students will be selected by the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee.
Judge Beth Whitmore, School of Law graduate of 1982 and daughter of Mrs. Betsy Whitmore, representing her family, established The Mrs. Betsy Whitmore Memorial Scholarship through several memorial gifts. The funds shall be held by The University of Akron and distributed in the fall semester of 2011 to students in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.