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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Flannery, Thomas Edward Endowed Scholarship
The Thomas Edward Flannery Endowed Scholarship was established in 2013 through a gift from the estate of the late Sally Flannery Orrok. It was Mrs. Orrok's intention to establish this scholarship in memory of her son, Thomas. Thomas and his brother, Michael, both lived with muscular dystrophy. They both attended The University of Akron in the late 1970s before passing away from complications related to their illness. Mrs. Orrok was grateful to the faculty, staff, and students who assisted her sons during their time at The University of Akron.
The Thomas Edward Flannery Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student at The University of Akron who is pursuing a degree while facing physical disabilities, challenges, or limitations. Selection of recipients will be made by the director of the Office of Accessibility or appropriate designee.