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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Dunn, Thomas E. Fund for Creative Writing
The Thomas E. Dunn Fund for Creative Writing was founded in 2006 by a gift from Thomas E. Dunn. Mr. Dunn earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from The University of Akron in 1993. After graduation, Mr. Dunn co-founded Salient Concepts LLC, a custom software development and integration company headquartered in Delaware, Ohio.
The Thomas E. Dunn Fund for Creative Writing brings diverse authors to The University of Akron campus for a lecture/seminar in creative writing. Lecturers are selected by the Department of English Lectureship Committee on which Mr. Dunn will serve as an honorary member. If a lecturer for creative writing is unavailable, the Department of English may use the fund to benefit graduate students attending The University of Akron who are seeking a master's in fine arts in creative writing as part of the Northeast Ohio University Consortium.