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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Minc, Janet Barnett and David C. Endowed Scholarship
The Janet Barnett Minc and David C. Minc Endowed Scholarship, formerly known as the Wayne College Achievement Scholarship for Textbooks, was established in 2006 by Dr. Janet Barnett Minc, professor of English, to assist continuing Wayne College students in the purchase of textbooks for their classes. The cost of textbooks has become a significant burden for college students, and the purpose of the scholarship is to support Wayne College students’ educational goals by enabling them to have the necessary resources for their classes. Beginning in the fall of 2006, this scholarship provides $250 for textbook purchases at the Wayne College bookstore for one student per academic year. Eligible students must be enrolled, full-time, second-year Wayne College students, have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and demonstrated financial need.