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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Wright, Rosemary Titmas Scholarship Fund
The Rosemary Titmas Wright Scholarship Fund was established in March 2014. An Akron native, Rosemary Titmas Wright graduated from Buchtel High School in 1954 and The University of Akron in 1958, earning a B.A. with distinction in English. While a student at The University of Akron, Mrs. Wright was a member of Alpha Phi Delta honorary, an A-Key Award recipient, a Pierian Award winner, and consistently on the Dean’s List. She also was awarded several scholarships, including The Arthur L. Foster, The Pixley, The Ervin D. Fritch and Ada B. Fritch, and The Panhellenic. Mrs. Wright earned an M.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University in 1982, basing her thesis on a C.S. Lewis’ novel, Till We Have Faces.
Mrs. Wright taught preschool and elementary school in Ohio and Florida. In 1982 she returned to Ohio, where she held administrative positions at Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs Law Firm from 1983-2003.
Mrs. Wright is grateful to The University of Akron for giving her the opportunity to earn a college degree and build a successful career. Her affinity for The University of Akron and belief in the importance of higher education led her to establish this endowed scholarship. A strong supporter of all things Zips, she is an avid sports fan and regularly attends Akron football, basketball, and soccer events.
Applicants must participate in the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. The Bliss Institute leadership will provide a list of candidates for Mrs. Wright to review. At a future point in time, when Mrs. Wright cannot or prefers not to choose the recipient(s), her daughter, The Honorable Judge Alison McCarty along with the Bliss Institute Scholarship Committee will do so. The scholarship recipient shall have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. Only students with 36 or more credit hours will be considered for the award. Applicants must provide proof of community service work, be of high moral and ethical character, and politically conservative.