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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Keene, Robert A. Endowed Scholarship
Robert A. Keene graduated in 1942 with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Akron. After graduation, he was field engineer and project director for Bernard Construction Co. for 39 years prior to his retirement in 1985. In 2002, his widow Barbara Horner Keene established The Robert A. Keene Endowed Scholarship for the support of students in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.
To qualify for assistance, students must have established financial need and be in good standing in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Preference will be given to those majoring in Mass Media Communication. Preference will also be given to candidates who are involved in campus activities and who work to support their education. Grants will cover tuition fees, books, room and board, all or in part. The Office of Student Financial Aid will select the scholarship recipients.