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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Little, Robert W. Endowed Scholarship Fund for Summit College
The Robert W. Little Endowed Scholarship Fund for Summit College was established to meet the needs of students who are enrolled in The University of Akron’s Summit College, which serves students who are interested in specific career opportunities and desire to enter the workforce as quickly as possible. Many of these non-traditional students have financial needs that may impede their future success in the College. With The Robert W. Little Endowed Scholarship Fund for Summit College and the matching gift from the GAR Foundation, non-traditional students with academic merit and financial need can be assisted.
Individuals eligible for The Robert W. Little Endowed Scholarship Fund for Summit College must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours and have a 3.0 GPA within Summit College. Scholarship awards will be based on academic merit and financial need and will be determined by individuals appointed within Summit College. A student may apply in writing once a semester and up to three times a year.