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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Casto, Dr. Charles E. and Ruth Women's Basketball Manager's Scholarship
Established in 1998 by Dr. Charles E. Casto, a 1947 graduate of The University of Akron and former manager for the men's basketball team during his years as an undergraduate student, The Dr. Charles E. and Ruth Casto Women's Basketball Manager's Scholarship will provide scholarship assistance for individuals who serve as managers for the women's basketball team. From his own experience, Dr. Casto knows well the responsibilities of a manager require excellent organizational and time management skills. These behind-the-scenes individuals are integral parts of the team and its success. It is Dr. Casto's intention is to provide his recognition for their efforts.
It is Dr. Casto's desire that student-manager recipients of this scholarship maintain a 2.5 GPA and display exemplary character and citizenship. Selection is to be made by the head women's basketball coach.