Named Scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be the funds to do so.

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 Christine Curry in the Department of Development at 330-972-8614 or ccurry@uakron.edu

Please note: All scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students interested in applying for a scholarship may visit the Financial Aid webpage, call 330-972-7032, or e-mail finaid@uakron.edu. The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.


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Great Start Book Scholarship

The Great Start Book Scholarship was established in 2002 by Wayne College librarian Elys Kettling, based on the following rationale: While many traditional scholarships cover the cost of a student’s college tuition, few cover the cost of the textbooks required for those courses. For financially-challenged students to have the best opportunity for academic success, they need all their textbooks at hand on the first day of class. Beginning in the fall of 2003, this scholarship will provide assistance for at least one Wayne College student each semester (fall and spring) who is enrolled in at least six credit hours. The scholarship is a one-time award per student and may be up to $300 toward the purchase of that semester’s textbooks from the Wayne College Bookstore. Applicant must have a demonstrated financial need and provide a statement (up to 300 words) indicating the real value of this scholarship award. Scholarship recipients are to be determined by the Wayne College Financial Aid Specialist and his/her designee(s).

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit UA's Office of Student Financial Aid page. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at 330-972-7032 or email them at finaid@uakron.edu.

 


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