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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Dedrick, Georgianna Catherine Scholarship Fund
With a gift from her estate, the late Georgianna C. Dedrick established The Georgianna Catherine Dedrick Scholarship Fund in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration. Ms. Dedrick graduated from the University in 1961 at the age of 46. She also earned an undergraduate degree in industrial management and an MA from California State University. Ms. Dedrick spent 28 years with Republic Steel, from the age of 19 until she earned her degree from The University of Akron. Upon earning her degree, she left Ohio to teach business education courses in the California public school system. She returned to Ohio in 1990 and resided in Mansfield until her death in 2003. Ms. Dedrick’s scholarship will provide tuition assistance to students in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration MBA program.