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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Great Start Book Scholarship
The Great Start Book Scholarship was established in 2002 by Wayne College librarian Elys Kettling, based on the following rationale: While many traditional scholarships cover the cost of a student’s college tuition, few cover the cost of the textbooks required for those courses. For financially challenged students to have the best opportunity for academic success, they need all their textbooks at hand on the first day of class. Beginning in the fall of 2003, this scholarship will provide assistance for at least one Wayne College student each semester (fall and spring) who is enrolled in at least six credit hours. The scholarship is a one-time award per student and may be up to $300 toward the purchase of that semester’s textbooks from the Wayne College Bookstore. Applicant must have a demonstrated financial need and provide a statement (up to 300 words) indicating the real value of this scholarship award. Scholarship recipients are to be determined by the Wayne College Financial Aid Specialist and his/her designee(s).