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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Marini String Quartet Residency Program
The Marini String Quartet Residency Program established an undergraduate string quartet residency program at The University of Akron. It provides scholarships for four dedicated and talented musicians who can serve as musical models for other undergraduate majors. It establishes a quality core of undergraduate string majors for the string program at the undergraduate level while representing the University at its finest at both on- and off-campus performances. Students interested in the program must audition in person at The University of Akron. Students accepted for audition are screened through the requirement of submitting a preliminary performance tape. They need to meet all general University admissions requirements and entrance requirements for the School of Music. The students accepted participate in the Marini String Quartet Residency Program for a period of four years, provided they continue to meet both academic and performance standards set by the University and the School of Music.