Established in October of 1994, The Bill Heideman Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the memory of William N. Heideman, respected coach, mentor, and friend to so many during his lifetime as a member of the Akron community. Based on his participation in track/cross country while a student at The University of Akron and on the immense impact he had on high school track in Akron as a coach at Buchtel High School, this scholarship shall be awarded annually to a male or female member of the University's track/cross country team. Preference will be given to student-athletes who are graduates of a school in the Akron Public School system or from a school located in Summit County. The recipient must be eligible to compete as a first-year freshman under NCAA rules, must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in high school, and shall be a person of exemplary character, high moral standards, and integrity. It is the wish of the Heideman family that, providing he/she remains academically eligible with a minimum GPA of 2.5, the same student-athlete receives this award each year until he/she concludes eligibility.
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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Heideman, Bill Memorial Scholarship Fund