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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Donovan, Robert E. Scholarship Fund
The Robert E. Donovan Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Robert E. Donovan by family and friends in remembrance of Mr. Donovan's belief in the value of education. The fund provides at least one undergraduate and one graduate scholarship award annually. The amount of the undergraduate scholarships shall be equal to or more than 75 percent of annual tuition. The amount of the graduate fellowship shall be equal to or more than 30 percent of annual tuition. The recipients will be deserving women pursuing degrees in engineering, law, or business. The undergraduate recipient will have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better, will have completed at least 32 credits, and will have demonstrated financial need. The graduate recipient will have been accepted within one of The University of Akron's graduate programs in engineering, law, or business and will have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better, with demonstrated financial need.