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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Auburn, Benjamin M. J. Endowment
Established by initial gifts exceeding $20,000 by Mark, Sandy, and David Auburn in memory of their son and brother, The Benjamin M. J. Auburn Endowment shall be held by The University of Akron Foundation, which shall annually make available to the director of the Honors Program a distribution of at least $500 or 5 percent of the value of the endowment, whichever is higher and prudent for the preservation in perpetuity of the endowment, for the purpose of funding the Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism (q.v.). Of the annual distribution, the director of the Honors Program shall grant a minimum of $500 or at least 75 percent in awards; the director may use up to 25 percent of the annual distribution to defray expenses for publicizing the award, conducting the competition, and arranging for the symposium.
During their lifetimes, the donors collectively and individually reserve the right to redirect earnings from The Benjamin M. J. Auburn Endowment to purposes at The University of Akron other than funding the Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism through the Honors Program.