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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Elias, Edward G. Bowling Tournament Prize
The Edward G. Elias Bowling Tournament Prize was created in 2009 and revised in 2015 by Peggy Elias to honor the memory of her late husband, Edward “Eddie” G. Elias. Peggy believes this tournament is an opportunity to celebrate Eddie’s love for bowling and for students who attend his alma mater. The annual bowling tournament is held in the Edward G. Elias Bowling Center in The University of Akron Student Union, and students compete for prize money. Because prizes are not included as part of the University’s scholarship cap, the awarded prize amount will be applied to the winning participant’s account. If the participant has a zero balance, the participant will be issued a refund. Students are strongly encouraged to use the prize to purchase books, supplies, or other items needed as they pursue their degrees.
Eddie Elias grew up in Akron and attended West High School. He graduated from The University of Akron in 1958 and earned his law degree from Western Reserve Law School. Eddie was active in numerous sports during his high school and college years, including baseball and basketball.
In 1958, Eddie founded the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and turned the sport into one of the longest, continually running sports series on network television. He was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in 1976. Through his company, Eddie Elias Enterprises, Eddie also represented nearly two dozen golfers, basketball and football players, bowlers, and auto racing professionals, as well as numerous television personalities and sports commentators. Eddie passed away on November 15, 1998.