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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Capers, Cynthia Flynn Endowed Fund for Nursing Students
The Cynthia Flynn Capers Endowed Fund for Nursing Students was established in 1997 by Cynthia Flynn Capers, Ph.D., then dean of The University of Akron College of Nursing. The purpose of the fund is to benefit nursing students who need support for academic achievement, and it can be used by nursing students in good academic standing to defray expenses for any of the following:
- books and/or items required for progression in the nursing program
- study skills or tutoring workshops for individuals or groups of students
- preparatory courses for the professional licensure exam (NCLEX)
- professional meetings
- program-approved international learning experiences
The fund is not intended to be used to help defray the cost of tuition. Instead, it should be used for supportive services to assist nursing students in their successful completion of the academic programs and for leadership development. Undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Nursing are eligible for funds; however, preference is for undergraduate students. The director of the School of Nursing, in collaboration with the School's development contact, will approve the use of funds for the intent designated.
Dr. Capers retired from The University of Akron in 2012 as special assistant to the Provost. She joined UA in 1997 as dean of the College of Nursing and subsequently served as interim dean of the College of Education prior to joining the Provost's office.
In 2002, while dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Capers brought Cameos of Caring® to Northeast Ohio, which continues today as an annual event, celebrating nurses, bringing public attention to the profession, and recognizing outstanding contributions by nurses. In 2010, she was the 100th Cameos award recipient in recognition of her leadership and advocacy for nursing. Dr. Capers is also the founder of the Academic Leadership Forum at The University of Akron, a professional development program for faculty and administrators.
Dr. Capers has been just as committed to the Akron community as she is to the University of Akron and the nursing profession. She serves on numerous local and national boards and committees for the improvement of health, welfare, and education within the community.
She completed her initial nursing education at Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., and went on to get her baccalaureate degree from the University of Maryland. Her master and doctoral degrees and post-doctoral work were obtained at the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Fellow of the American Nurses Association, Minority Fellowship Program for doctoral and post-doctoral work, and completed the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program.