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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Kirtz, Ernest Endowed Fund
Mr. Ernest Kirtz was a successful entrepreneur. He expanded the family business into Akron, starting the Amster Kirtz Co. Mr. Kirtz instilled in his sons a great appreciation for learning; his son, William, is a college faculty member and his son, Charles, is a public interest lawyer and career consultant with the Environmental Protection Agency. After retirement, when he was in his 80s, Mr. Kirtz took classes at The University of Akron in literature, and his family established this scholarship to assist the University and its students in his memory.
The Ernest Kirtz Endowed Fund is to be used for the unrestricted purposes of The University of Akron. At the time of this gift, the priority need is the Scholarships for Excellence program to bring Ohio high school valedictorians and salutatorians to campus.