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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Knight '66, D. Duane Fund for Military Veteran Students
At the age of 19, D. Duane Knight was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and he served from 1952 to 1954. After completing basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., Private First Class Knight served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. After his military service, he returned to his hometown, Massillon, Ohio, to work and begin a family. Due to his commitment to furthering his education, he also attended night school at The University of Akron, graduating with a B.S. in industrial management in 1966.
The D. Duane Knight '66 Fund for Military Veteran Students honors D. Duane Knight's service to his country and his commitment to education and community service by seeking to support today's veterans as they pursue their college degrees at The University of Akron.
The D. Duane Knight '66 Fund for Military Veteran Students will be funded through the gifts of Timothy A. and Pamela J. Knight. The funds shall be held by The University of Akron Foundation. In consultation with veteran students and advisers, the fund will be distributed at the discretion of the associate director of military services transfer and adult services enrollment for needs associated with the Musson Veteran’s Lounge. These include, but are not limited to, member scholarships in The American Legion Post 808.