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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Lehner Family Foundation Nursing Scholarship
The Lehner Family Foundation Nursing Scholarship was established in 2007 through the generosity of the Lehner Family Foundation to recognize outstanding student achievement in the College of Nursing. This recognition of achievement continues the tradition of the Lehner family as seen through Charles and Jane Lehner, founders of the Lehner Screw Machine Company. Their generosity and affinity to both philanthropy and the Akron community led to the establishment of the Lehner Family Foundation in 1989.
Jane Lehner’s last 18 months were greatly enhanced by her special nursing caregivers. The Lehner Family Foundation Nursing Scholarship recognizes outstanding nursing care, as well as excellence in the field of nursing. It provides the support needed to assist in the resolution of the current issue of a national shortage of nurses. The scholarship provides support for a student enrolled in The University of Akron undergraduate nursing program. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Office of Student Affairs in Nursing.