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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Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau Donald L. Patterson Scholarship in Hospitality Management
The Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau Donald L. Patterson Scholarship in Hospitality Management was created in 2003 in recognition and celebration of the hospitality industry. The scholarship, which was revised in May 2015, will assist and encourage students pursuing career opportunities in the hospitality management industry. It will be awarded annually to a student in The University of Akron Hospitality Management program.
Eligible students must have completed half of the requirements for the Associate Degree in hospitality management, have a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed for the degree, and have a minimum of six months total employment within a hospitality environment. After completing a required University scholarship application, applicants also must complete a 500-word essay (typed and double-spaced) titled "My Future in the Hospitality Industry." Recipient(s) will be chosen by the Hospitality Department in conjunction with Financial Aid.