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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Prem Cesnan Award
Prem Cesnan was a recipient of The Stanley Gault Goodyear Global Scholarship Program in 1998 and graduated magna cum laude in International Business and Corporate Finance in 2002. Since earning his degrees, Mr. Cesnan has pursued a successful career in internal audit.
This award also honors James W. Barnett, who served, supported, and contributed to
Having been blessed and fortunate to receive a once in a lifetime opportunity, Mr. Cesnan believes in the importance of higher education for women, international students, and minorities, who demonstrate financial need or hardship. Mr. Cesnan is hopeful that recipients of the award will someday pay it forward to other deserving students.
The selected recipient may use the award for education expenses not charged to their student account but needed for coursework, with prior approval by the Chair of the School of Accountancy. Distribution of the award for such purposes may be as a reimbursement to the recipient with
To be eligible for consideration, the student must:
- Maintain a 3.3 overall and a 3.5 GPA in accounting classes
- Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) in the CBA and meet the minimum coursework requirements of The University of Akron
- Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities
Selection of the recipient will be made by the Chair of the School of Accountancy, with the assistance of the School of Accountancy’s Scholarship Committee. The distribution parameters may be subject to change at Mr. Cesnan’s discretion as tuition costs change.