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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Green, Mary E. Leyden Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Mary E. Leyden Green Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established December 31, 2015, in loving memory of Mary Leyden Green by her lifelong husband, Norman H. Green, a retired president and CEO of Burger Iron Company and a civil engineering graduate of The University of Akron.
Mary was a 1951 graduate of The University of Akron and earned a Bachelor of Science in biology. She cherished her time as a student and as a member and president of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She was the recipient of UA's prestigious A-Key award for her academic and leadership achievements. She also was selected for entry in “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” a highly regarded national recognition program that has honored exceptional students since 1934. She continued her education with post graduate studies and became a Certified Medical Technologist.
In addition to her academic achievements and professional success, Mary was an accomplished artisan, and her beautiful handcrafted pottery, fashion designs, and floral arrangements continue to serve as outstanding examples of the grace she naturally exuded. Her generous spirit and many talents also led her to give selflessly to worthwhile causes, including The Christ Child Society, where she was a lifetime member, and to Our Lady of the Elms School, where she volunteered with children in the special needs education program.
Although Mary passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2013, she believed that “to live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.” Thus, her incredible spirit and legacy will live on at her alma mater through students who will benefit from her scholarship. The University of Akron was selected as the place to honor and remember Mary because of the Green family’s longstanding association with UA, from which many of the couple’s children and grandchildren have graduated.
The recipient of The Mary E. Leyden Green Memorial Endowed Scholarship will be a full- or part-time junior or senior in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences majoring in biology or a related medical field. The scholar must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be an “active or inactive” member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. Preference will be given to a student demonstrating financial need. The scholarship is renewable. Recipients will be chosen by the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the Office of Student Finance Aid.