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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Rich, Giles Sutherland Chair for Intellectual Property Law
The Giles Sutherland Rich Chair for Intellectual Property Law at the School of Law recognizes the life and accomplishments of The Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich. It was established in 2000. One of the principal authors of the Patent Act of 1956, Judge Rich served as a member of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and its successor court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, from 1956 until his death in June 1999. At the time of his death, Judge Rich was the oldest active federal judge in the nation’s history. He is credited with clarifying a large number of difficult concepts in the law of patents and authoring many landmark opinions. The Giles Sutherland Rich Chair for Intellectual Property Law serves to enhance the prestige and reputation of intellectual property law program at The University of Akron School of Law.