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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Kaufman, Donald L. Business Speaker Series
Established in 2004, The Donald L. Kaufman Business Speaker Series is designed for students in the College of Business Administration to hear firsthand from innovative business professionals about the practical applications of the principles that have made them successful and to complement the academic offerings of the College.
Donald L. Kaufman is a popular guest lecturer in the College of Business Administration and also lectures to students in local high schools, particularly to economically disadvantaged students, in an attempt to instill within them the belief that they, too, can be successful in business if they apply themselves. Kaufman retired from Alside Inc. after 45 years, ultimately serving as the company’s president and chief executive officer.
Guest speakers in The Donald L. Kaufman Business Speaker Series will be approved by Mr. Kaufman with input from the College’s dean, faculty, and a student representative. Mr. Kaufman also may select personal advisors to serve on the selection committee as he sees necessary.