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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Mitchell, Edith Delaney Endowed Scholarship
The Edith Delaney Mitchell Endowed Scholarship was established in 1975 by Zeta Theta Omega Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., in honor of the first black graduate from Teacher's College of The University of Akron, class of 1933. It is awarded annually to a minority female undergraduate who is a full-time student (minimum of 12 hours) in her sophomore or junior year or the first semester of her senior year and who exhibits high ethical standards, indicates a financial need, and holds a scholastic average of 3.0 or better among those eligible for consideration. The chapter's Scholarship Committee interviews candidates recommended by The University of Akron and determines the recipient.