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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Stephenson, Judy Berns Stephenson and Marcey Berns Aronson Endowment
Herb and Clara Berns established The Judy Berns Stephenson and Marcey Berns Aronson Endowment in 2000 in honor of their daughters, Judy Berns Stephenson and Marcey Berns Aronson, who are teachers. The funds are to be used for the unrestricted support of the College of Education at the discretion of the dean. Through professional contacts with The University of Akron, the Berns family developed multiple relationships with University students and administrators. After 30 years of involvement with the University, Herb and Clara decided to make their gift a perpetual tribute to their belief in the importance of education. It is the donors’ preference that funds be used for students with language, ability, or behavioral challenges.