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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Sigma of Theta Phi Alpha Water Monument
In recognition of its 70th anniversary of incorporation at The University of Akron, Sigma of Theta Phi Alpha Inc. pledged its remaining funds for an artistic monument for display in The University of Akron Student Union, The Sigma of Theta Phi Alpha Water Monument. Sigma Chapter received its charter from the national Theta Phi Alpha on February 14, 1931. More than 700 women attending the University have been affiliated with the chapter.
The $60,000 water monument will be located in the second floor atrium of the Student Union. The water monument will be constructed as a curved 24 x 8 feet wall including the Sigma Chapter quote, "Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring."