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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Calogar, Gary S. Memorial Scholarship
The Gary S. Calogar Memorial Scholarship was established April 9, 1993, by the family of Gary S. Calogar (BSN ‘84) in his memory. Following graduation, Gary had worked as a cardiothoracic nurse clinician. His memorial scholarship will be used to support students in the College of Nursing. Recipients will be selected on the basis of need and the personal qualities associated with the exceptional nursing student. The scholarship is to be awarded initially to a student entering the sophomore class and can be renewed annually if the recipient maintains a 2.50 GPA or better and follows the normal course of study. After the initial recipient has graduated or is no longer qualified, a new recipient in the sophomore class is to be selected. At the donor’s discretion, funds may be added to the endowment and the scholarship extended to additional recipients. The scholarship will be awarded by the College of Nursing Scholarship Committee in cooperation with the Office of Financial Aid.