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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Whims, Kristen Leigh Endowed Scholarship
The Kristen Leigh Whims Endowed Scholarship was created in 1994 as a tribute to the memory of Kristen, who was a graduate of The University of Akron School of Art. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student majoring in graphic arts who has demonstrated talent in the design area, has junior or senior standing, and is recommended by the director of the School of Art and/or the head of the graphic arts program. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Whims wish to be involved in the selection process. The scholarship may be renewed for a second year.