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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Wicks, Gladys Memorial Scholarship Fund
The endowed Gladys Wicks Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 1978 under the terms of the will of Gladys Wicks of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, provides four-year tuition support for a high school senior who preferably is a relative of someone currently employed by or retired from organized labor. Selection of the recipient is made by the University scholarship committee. Should the student selected fail to complete the four-year course of study, or should the scholarship on the four-year basis lapse or fail for any reason, then the income for such period of time of lapse or failure shall become a part of the scholarship principle and no further scholarship shall be awarded until after the passage of four years from the original date of the scholarship award.