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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Chelovitz, George and Phyllis M. Endowed Scholarship
George Chelovitz graduated from The University of Akron in 1974. A first-generation college graduate, George attended college while employed full time at Ohio Edison. Phyllis Chelovitz graduated from Heidelberg College and was employed by GenCorp, working in the area of pension plan investments. Phyllis and George moved to Arizona after retirement but have retained an avid interest in the University and its students.
Keenly aware that in an information society, education is the gateway to opportunity, George and Phyllis Chelovitz established The George and Phyllis M. Chelovitz Endowed Scholarship to benefit students who, due to socio-economic status, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend The University of Akron. In doing so, Mr. and Mrs. Chelovitz hope to lessen some of the barriers to opportunity that students face.
The purpose of The George and Phyllis M. Chelovitz Endowed Scholarship is to provide for the full cost of tuition, books, and fees for students with financial needs. Selection of award recipients is to be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid.