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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Mayes, William Glenn and Grace S. Scholarship
The William Glenn and Grace S. Mayes Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance for students in the Akron Public Schools and Summit County Schools. Grace Mayes, an Akron Public School teacher, and her husband, Glenn, a chemist for Firestone, held lifelong interests in education, especially the need for greater understanding of other peoples and their cultures through travel. Earnings from the scholarship endowment will provide funding for (1) scholarships for students with financial need (two thirds of the funds available) with preference given to freshmen and (2) student study-travel experiences (one third of the funds available) for juniors and seniors at The University of Akron. The scholarship is renewable for those individuals receiving an award in their freshman year. Recipients of the scholarship(s) for Akron Public and Summit County students will be selected annually by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Recipients of the study-travel funds will be selected by the Office of International Programs.