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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Department of Geography and Planning Alumni Fund
The Department of Geography and Planning Alumni Fund was created as a means for alumni, faculty, and friends to provide support for students pursuing degrees in geography and planning. This fund is funded through annual contributions by alumni, faculty, and friends of the University.
The Department of Geography and Planning Alumni Fund provides support for graduate and undergraduate student activities outside of the classroom context and for department-sponsored student-centered events. The fund is designed to provide financial assistance for travel to professional conferences, attendance at workshops, participation in field trips, and other similar activities for Department of Geography and Planning students enrolled at The University of Akron. In addition, the fund may be used to support other student-centered events and activities sponsored by the department, including but not limited to graduation receptions, student recognition ceremonies, and other events. As these funds become available, the chair of the Department of Geography and Planning will select the student recipient(s) and the student-centered activities for which these funds may be expended.