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. And across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2013 was $35,200.
If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider establishing a scholarship at The University of Akron. Scholarships 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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Houmard, Beatriz and James Scholarship
The Beatriz and James Houmard Scholarship was established in 2007 by Mr. and Mrs. Houmard in recognition of Mrs. Houmard’s positive experience at The University of Akron as a non-traditional graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. A native of Bolivia, Beatriz came to the United States to study at the urging of her father. She attended Asbury College in Kentucky and earned an undergraduate degree at Purdue University, where she met Jim, who was an engineering student. The couple married and moved to Akron, where Jim enjoyed a 40-year career with Goodyear Aerospace. Beatriz was a homemaker and mother to three children. As their youngest child was finishing high school, Beatriz had an opportunity to come to The University of Akron to study and teach Spanish in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. In two years, she earned her master’s degree and went on to enjoy a 10-year career as a part-time faculty member at Kent State University, teaching Spanish.
It is the Houmards' intention that these funds will support non-traditional students who are pursuing master’s degrees in the Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Akron, to assist in the completion of their master’s thesis research. Applicants must apply in writing and explain the research that is required to complete their thesis and how the award from the Houmards would assist in this process. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and a history of high academic performance. Selection will be made by the dean of the College of Arts and Science or the appropriate designee.