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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Hojfeldt, Tage and Irena Memorial Scholarship
The Tage and Irena Hojfeldt Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 by Irena Hojfeldt in memory of her late husband. Chef Tage Hojfeldt immigrated to the United States from Denmark in 1952 and put to use the culinary degree he had earned in his native country. He was a chef at several Akron-area restaurants, but his career was defined by the 26 years he spent at the legendary Lou & Hy’s Restaurant on West Market Street, where Tage perfected the restaurant's renowned matzoh ball chicken soup and cheesecake recipes. His attention to detail and desire for perfection influenced countless aspiring chefs who worked under his tutelage. The Tage and Irena Hojfeldt Memorial Scholarship will perpetuate Chef Hojfeldt’s legacy to maintaining the highest standards in culinary training.
It is Mrs. Hojfeldt’s intention that these funds will support students who are pursuing associate degrees in the Summit College Hospitality Management Program. Applicants must adhere to the scholarship application guidleines previously established by the Hospitality Management Program.