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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Hilkert, Rebecca J. Endowed Scholarship in Economics and Political Science
The Rebecca J. Hilkert Endowed Scholarship in Economics and Political Science was established in 1998 by Ms. Rebecca J. Hilkert. Ms. Hilkert received her B.A. (’75) in political science and M.A. (’77) in economics at The University of Akron and was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Honorary Society. Ms. Hilkert is the president of The Marketing Performance Group Inc., a consulting firm in Dallas, Texas.
Earnings from The Rebecca J. Hilkert Endowed Scholarship in Economics and Political Science provide annual support to economics and political science majors who are: (1) employed during their student years, (2) intend to pursue careers in business, and (3) demonstrate financial need and scholastic ability. Recipients will be selected by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in coordination with The University of Akron Scholarship Committee. Student recipients are required to incorporate course work in leadership, public speaking, and quantitative analysis of social science data into their curriculum.