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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Hawk, Abbie Memorial Scholarship Fund
The endowed Abbie Hawk Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1983 by friends of Abbie Hawk, social worker, administrator, educator, and friend to colleagues and children alike who knew and were assisted by her during her 41-year career as a social worker, 31 of which were spent with The Summit County Children’s Services Board.
Endowment income is to be made available to a deserving junior, senior or graduate student, with preference for a student interested in a career in the field of child or family welfare. Applicants will be asked to submit a one-page typed letter describing their career aspirations. The scholarship award is renewable. Selection of the recipient is to be made by the School of Social Work, in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Aid, on the basis of merit and need without regard to race, creed, color, sex or national origin.