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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Snoble, Roger P. and D. Kathleen Endowed Scholarship for Geography and Planning
The Roger P. and D. Kathleen Snoble Endowed Scholarship for Geography and Planning was established with a gift from Roger and Kathleen (Kit) Snoble in March 2010.
The scholarship was created to provide support to students at The University of Akron. Special consideration will be given to students working toward a career in transportation, urban and regional planning, or operations and who have a desire to help plan and build better urban environments. Funds will be designated toward student scholarships or travel to attend national conferences at the discretion of the department.
Roger P. Snoble grew up in
Kit Snoble is originally from
During the course of Roger Snoble’s distinguished 43-year career in the transit industry, he has been instrumental in ensuring the effective delivery of public transportation services in several of the nation’s largest and most vital cities. Beginning his career in 1965 as a planner for the TriCounty Regional Planning Commission in
As a result of Roger Snoble’s dedication and vision, he earned several honors, including selection as the 1998 Transit Manager of the Year by The American Public Transit Association, and DART was named Transit Agency of the Year in 1997 under his leadership. Likewise, Los Angeles Metro was recognized as Transit Agency of the Year in 2006.
Since his retirement, Snoble has maintained his involvement with students interested in the areas of transportation and urban planning. During the fall 2009 semester, for example, he served as a guest lecturer at The University of Akron's transportation geography and planning course, which was taught via long-distance learning.
“The University of Akron and the people associated with it gave me a fantastic foundation upon which to establish a very long, successful, and rewarding career. It is my hope that this endowment will help others to do the same and help them to create better places for man to thrive.” ~ Roger Snoble