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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Flanders, Mary E. and David L. Endowed Scholarship
It is Mr. and Mrs. Flanders' intention with this scholarship to offer financial assistance to students who share their affection for the art of music and the science of chemistry. Mrs. Flanders, an accomplished pianist, graduated from The University of Akron in 1937 with a B.A. in sociology. Mr. Flanders received his undergraduate degree in industrial chemistry from the University of Kentucky. He graduated from The University of Akron with an MBA in 1960, followed by graduate work at M.I.T. Sloan School of Business. He presently is retired from service with the BFGoodrich Company in the Polymer Research division and in purchasing management.
The Mary E. and David L. Flanders Endowed Scholarship was established in 1995 with the interest of providing scholarship support for full-time undergraduate students enrolled in The University of Akron's School of Music and Department of Chemistry. Two scholarships will be awarded annually from the earnings of the endowed fund. The dean from the respective colleges will nominate one recipient, who must be approved by the University Scholarship Committee to receive this award.