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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Karam, Dr. Harvey A. and Annetta Endowed Scholarship for BS/MD Students
The Dr. Harvey A. and Annetta Karam Endowed Scholarship for BS/MD Students was established in 1996 by Dr. Karam and his wife, Annetta Karam. Dr. Harvey A. Karam graduated with a bachelor of science degree from The University of Akron in 1927. He then received his medical degree from Rush Medical College at The University of Chicago. Dr. Karam practiced family medicine in Akron for 57 years, retiring in 1991. He also served as chief of family practice at Akron General Medical Center. During his career, Dr. Karam was noted for making house calls and delivering more than 3,000 babies. He also was active in his community and his church. Dr. Harvey and Mrs. Annetta Karam wished to thank The University of Akron for the education Dr. Karam received at The University of Akron by establishing this endowed fund.
This endowed scholarship provides a significant annual award to two worthy undergraduate BS/MD students enrolled at The University of Akron. It shall be awarded based primarily on financial need, as well as merit. The University of Akron’s BS/MD faculty screening committee, in consultation with The University of Akron's Office of Financial Aid, will select the scholarship recipients and manage their scholarship award through medical school. The scholarship recipients will be notified of the receipt of the scholarship by August 31 of their first year at The University of Akron.
Scholarship renewal for the Karam Scholars will be contingent on the students maintaining a 3.25 overall GPA at the end of the first academic year at The University of Akron. In the event a student does not meet the requirement for scholarship renewal, the BS/MD faculty screening committee shall award The Dr. Harvey A. and Annetta Karam Endowed Scholarship for BS/MD Students to an alternative student, as appropriate. The Dr. Harvey A. and Annetta Karam Endowed Scholarship for BS/MD Students at The University of Akron provides for full or partial tuition, fees, room, board, and/or books. As the endowment grows over time and is able to distribute additional funds, Mrs. Karam's goal is for The University of Akron to award full scholarships to as many students as possible.
Upon successful completion of their studies at The University of Akron, Dr. Harvey A. and Annetta Karam Scholars will be eligible for scholarship support during each of the student’s four years of medical school at NEOMED, assuming satisfactory academic progress. In the event a student does not meet the requirement for scholarship renewal at medical school, the BS/MD faculty screening committee at The University of Akron shall award The Dr. Harvey A. and Annetta Karam Endowed Scholarship for University of Akron BS/MD Students to an alternate student at NEOMED, as appropriate.
The University of Akron will direct funds for The Dr. Harvey A. and Annetta Karam Endowed Scholarship for University of Akron BS/MD Students at NEOMED to the Office of Enrollment Services at NEOMED (or its successor administrative unit) to provide similar support (tuition, fees, room, board, and/or books), plus other expenses, including academic-related supplies, incidentals directly related to coursework in medical school, conferences, and related conference travel expenses. The names of the Karam BS/MD Scholars will be provided to NEOMED no later than June 1 of the academic year in which the student(s) will matriculate. The funds dispersed by The University of Akron to NEOMED in support of the Karam BS/MD Scholars are to be used in the academic year in which they are received.