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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Akron Press Club Scholarship Program

The Akron Press Club Scholarship Program was created in 1999 by the board of The Akron Press Club to recognize colleges and universities within a five-county area that actively support the Press Club. For the first five years of the program, an annual award will be presented to a deserving junior or senior student who is majoring in communications, journalism, or public relations at The University of Akron. The annual award will increase for the sixth and subsequent years of the program.

To be eligible, a student must have junior or senior status at The University of Akron during the semester in which the award will be paid; demonstrate outstanding academic performance as evidenced by his or her academic transcript; be pursuing a declared major in communications, journalism, or public relations; and show professional promise through a track record of involvement in professional work or internships or student activities related to the field; samples of work, and an essay describing plans for a career in communications, journalism, or public relations. Based upon the aforementioned criteria, the University's scholarship committee will select a recipient. A student may receive the award a maximum of two times by going through the application and review process, but the award cannot be renewed automatically.

The Akron Press Club Scholarship will be promoted in all literature concerning awards and in presentations to prospective students. A member of the Press Club's Board will be present to make the award, and each annual award will be publicized by the University with prominent mention of The Akron Press Club.

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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