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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Tucker, Charles S. Family Scholarship
Charles S. Tucker Jr. came to Akron, Ohio, in 1916 with his parents, Charles S. Tucker and Etta Routh Tucker, and his sister, Margaret Routh Tucker. The family lived on North Hill until both Margaret and Charles Jr. graduated from The University of Akron in 1932 and 1935 respectively. Margaret pursued a lifelong career as librarian at North High School, finally assisting The Board of Education by designing libraries in the late 1960s for other Akron high schools. Charles Jr., a member of Lone Star Fraternity, retired from Bridgestone/Firestone in 1977 as a division controller. The family is most appreciative of the educations the University provided Margaret and Charles Jr. and, therefore, Charles Jr. has established The Charles S. Tucker Family Scholarship to benefit future generations of students.