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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Flickinger, Ruth Irwin Career Internship for English
Mrs. Ruth Irwin Flickinger counts both The University of Akron and The Akron Beacon Journal as her alma maters. In the 1930s, the income earned at her job as a cub reporter allowed her to attend The University of Akron, where she achieved a bachelor of arts degree. Her beginnings as a journalist led her into a lifetime career as a writer. After graduating from the University, she wrote as a "ghost author" for the popular Little Big Books published by Saalfield Publishers of Akron. As a wife and mother, she continued to publish freelance stories in publications, including Highlights for Children and Jack and Jill. She also continued to write for Saalfield Publishers. Mrs. Irwin Flickinger established The Ruth Irwin Flickinger Career Internship for English in gratitude for the education she received at The University of Akron and the newspaper job that made it possible for her to attend. The Ruth Irwin Flickinger Career Internship for English was established to assist an upperclassman pursuing a career in print media who is writing for the Akron Beacon Journal.