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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Alexander, Dr. Ralph A. Memorial Lectureship Fund
The Dr. Ralph A. Alexander Memorial Lectureship Fund, established in 1993 by friends and colleagues, honors Professor Ralph Alexander, a valued member of The University of Akron Department of Psychology. He served as chair of the Graduate Program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and was a senior fellow of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology. Dr. Alexander was an outstanding psychologist, a fine human being, a Fellow of Divisions 5 and 14 of the American Psychological Association, and a man devoted to teaching and studying psychology. The purpose of the lectureship is to annually bring to The University of Akron campus a distinguished and imaginative speaker for the benefit of students for whom Dr. Alexander cared so deeply and to whom he gave so selflessly. Contributions to the fund are welcome.