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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Alspach, Ann E. Scholarship
The Ann E. Alspach Scholarship was established in 1996 to provide assistance for students working while attending The University of Akron. Ann graduated in 1986 with a degree in business management technology. Her father, Loran E. Alspach '50 BSME, and her brother, Steven E. '82, also are alumni. In recognition of the fact that many of the University's students work and have families while attending the University, Ann Alspach established her scholarship to provide her assistance. It is the intention of the donor that her scholarship be awarded to deserving students for whom the demands of school, employment, and family may interfere with their academic success. Students with a GPA of 2.50 or above for undergraduates or 3.0 and above for graduate students are to be given consideration for support from this scholarship.