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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Alford, Chef Richard W. Scholarship Fund
The Chef Richard W. Alford Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 to provide assistance for students in the Hospitality Management program at The University of Akron.
Chef Richard W. Alford, Certified Culinary Educator and Certified Executive Chef, graduated in 1974 with an associate degree in food service management and in 1975 with a bachelor of science degree in technical education from The University of Akron. He received numerous awards for his accomplishments both as an educator and culinary expert. This scholarship fund was established in recognition of Richard’s great service to students at The University of Akron. This scholarship is to be presented annually to one outstanding student in culinary arts. Scholarship recipients are to be selected by the faculty of the College.