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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Knight, C. Landon and Cynthia W. Endowed Fund in Music
The C. Landon and Cynthia W. Knight Endowment Fund in Music was established by Mrs. Knight in honor of her husband and in recognition of their mutual love of music and education. The fund will provide resources for individual students and student ensembles to experience travel/study opportunities offered through attending music conferences, professional meetings, music festivals, and other academically related programs. Individual students will be chosen based on written proposals for travel/study experiences. They will be required to present a concert, written report, or other materials for evaluation about their experiences as determined by the faculty selection committee. Directors of School of Music ensembles will submit proposals to the school director. Half of the annual earnings from the fund will be awarded to individual students, and half will be used by student ensembles.