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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Yurkowsky, Andrew Educational Trust Fund
Through his estate, Mr. Andrew Yurkowsky ’41 established The Andrew Yurkowsky Educational Trust Fund to thank the many individuals who assisted him throughout his life and to confirm his high belief in higher education and Christian values. A native of Akron, Mr. Yurkowsky was a photographer and WWII veteran who attended two Eastern Orthodox Churches in the Akron Area. The Andrew Yurkowsky Educational Trust Fund will award three scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at The University of Akron who demonstrate: (1) financial need, (2) residency in Ohio (preferably Summit or Cuyahoga counties), (3) intention to remain in Ohio after graduation, and (4) background in Eastern tradition and rituals of Christianity.
Applicants may be parishioners of Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church (Akron, Ohio); Saint Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church (Cleveland, Ohio); or other qualified person(s) applying to The University of Akron.