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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History Endowment Fund
The History Endowment Fund was established in 1986 in recognition of the retirement of Dr. Warren Kuehl. It is an open-ended fund to which contributions can be made to honor other faculty who retire in coming years. The annual income from the endowment will be used to support research, travel to scholarly archives, and similar expenses incurred by history students, especially graduate students. The fund also will underwrite colloquia featuring visiting scholars and policymakers who will make presentations to students, faculty, and the general public. Other needs, such as special library or archival purchases, might also be met from this fund. Expenditures of the fund will be determined by the Department of History.