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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Williamson, Robert O. and Gwen L. Scholarship for Excellence
The Robert O. and Gwen L. Williamson Scholarship for Excellence was established in 1998 by Robert O. and Gwen L. Williamson. Mr. Williamson graduated from the University in 1939 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a commission as a second lieutenant, having been a member of R.O.T.C. He joined Burger Iron after graduation but was called to serve his country in World War II from 1942 to 1946 in the 102nd Division, assigned to the ETO. Captain Williamson returned to Burger Iron, served in various capacities and in 1966 was elected president. A member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Mr. Williamson also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Firestone Bank and Akron Equipment Company. He was recognized by the University for his many achievements with an Alumni Honor Award in 1980. This scholarship is to be awarded as part of the Scholarship for Excellence program for students at The University of Akron College of Engineering.