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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Williams, Thomas B. P. Scholarship
The Thomas B. P. Williams Scholarship is funded by a generous bequest from Mr. Thomas B. P. Williams, who was born in Newlyn, England, at the turn of the century. He moved to Akron in 1921 and worked at the Seiberling Rubber Co. before joining the postal service. Serving there until his retirement in 1970, Mr. Williams was instrumental in organizing the Postal Employees Credit Union and also was active in the American Association of Retired Persons. In 1980 Mr. Williams developed an avid interest in painting, which he pursued for many years. His paintings were well-received at numerous showings. Mr. Williams enjoyed the company of many friends at Rockynol Apartments, where he lived in his final years. Selection of award recipients is to be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid.