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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Martin, Dr. Paul E. Endowed Chair for Conflict Management
The Dr. Paul E. Martin Chair for Conflict Management was created to assist The University of Akron's initiative for peace and harmony in all spheres of human activity. Dr. Martin '35, embodied a long-standing commitment to peace and strongly believed the study of conflict management could make the most valuable contribution to this end.
Conflict Management is a field that explores the methods by which conflict and change can be managed. It includes the study of economic, political, and social systems at the family, local, national, and global levels while examining ideology, culture, and technology as they relate to conflict and change. The Dr. Paul E. Martin Endowed Chair for Conflict Management will support faculty members focused specifically in this area of study. Also, the endowment will fortify the University's objective for fostering resilient social, institutional, and global relationships to resolve routine conflicts, which, in turn, will enable individuals and organizations to weather serious conflicts.