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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Ring, Michael and Anne Marie Scholarship for Veterans
The Michael and Anne Marie Ring Scholarship for Veterans was established in 2015 with a gift from Michael ’94 and Anne Marie Ring for the purpose of offering scholarship assistance to a law student with military experience.
Mr. Ring was enlisted in the United States Air Force for four years, during which time he served in South Korea and Hawaii and earned an overseas medal for his unit’s support of the deployment of Marines during Desert Storm.
After serving his country, Mr. Ring attended The University of Akron School of Law. He started law school without the benefit of scholarship assistance, but as a result of his high academic performance, he earned a merit-based scholarship for his second and third years of law school. In further pursuance of his education, Mr. Ring also earned an LLM (Tax) from Georgetown Law. Mrs. Ring received her Juris Doctor from Emory University. Mr. and Mrs. Ring own The Ring Firm P.C. in Atlanta, where Mr. Ring practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, and Mrs. Ring practices in trademark and copyright law. They have two sons.
Mr. and Mrs. Ring have generously committed to offer $30,000 in scholarship assistance to a full-time Akron Law student with military experience, with the possibility of an additional $10,000 in assistance if the student ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her class using the combined part-time and full-time ranking. The scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 per year for three years, with the possibility of an additional $5,000 per year for the second and third years of law school if the student ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her class either year.
The Michael and Anne Marie Ring Scholarship for Veterans is designated for a full-time University of Akron School of Law student who has military experience and is entering the School of Law in the fall of 2015. The scholarship award may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board, all or in part. Students with military experience who already have been admitted to The University of Akron School of Law (starting in the fall of 2015) will be made aware of The Michael and Anne Marie Ring Scholarship for Veterans and encouraged to submit a personal statement for Mr. and Mrs. Ring to review. Mr. and Mrs. Ring will select the student award recipient.
Mr. and Mrs. Ring have asked that applicants touch upon the following points in their personal statements:
1. What was the driving force for the applicant to serve in the military?
2. What are the three best lessons learned from time in the military, and how can they be applied to life and business?
3. Why does the applicant want to go to law school?
4. How did the applicant select The University of Akron School of Law to be on the list of desired schools?
5. Have there been any personal or family challenges that make the accomplishment of getting into law school that much more special?