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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Buckingham, Lisle M. Scholarships
The University Honors Program each year awards Lisle M. Buckingham Scholarships to entering first-year students of superior academic and personal promise. The Buckingham Scholarship provides sufficient funds for tuition and fees, room and board (or, on a needs basis, sufficient funds for reasonable living expenses), so that students can fully engage in scholarship and intellectual pursuits. The Buckingham Scholarship is renewable for four years, providing that the student remains in good standing with the University Honors Program and meets the special requirements of this award.
Recipients of the Buckingham Scholarship, selected by the University Honors Council according to appropriate competitive procedures, are designated as Buckingham Scholars. A Buckingham Scholar, as a member of the University Honors Program, may major in any of The University of Akron’s bachelor degree-granting academic departments or may plan an individualized major in the natural sciences, social sciences, or the humanities.