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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Directed Spanish Study Abroad (DISSTA) Scholarship
The Directed Spanish Study Abroad (DISSTA) Scholarship was created to assist students who are studying abroad in Spanish-speaking countries. In the 2001 scholastic year, the scholarship will be awarded to students who will pursue summer study in Spain. The DISSTA program is designed to enrich participants' linguistic proficiency while immersing them for approximately one month in the culture. Eligible students must be registered at The University of Akron and be majoring or minoring in Spanish. Preference will be given to Spanish majors with high academic standing who are in the teacher licensure program. Consideration also will be given for financial need. Recipients will be determined by a committee convened and chaired by the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages in cooperation with the Financial Aid Office. This scholarship is funded annually by an anonymous donor.