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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Kannel, William P. Scholarship Fund
The William P. Kannel Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 in recognition of Judge Kannel’s 42 years of service at the County of Summit Juvenile Court and the community service that he and Mrs. Kannel provided during the past 50 years.
Contributions to the scholarship fund were made by corporations, community groups, individuals, and the Kannel family. The endowed scholarship provides tuition assistance to a criminal justice major of sophomore standing who has a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and currently is working full or part time in a youth-related criminal justice field. Selection of the recipient is to be determined by the criminal justice faculty in consultation with the William P. Kannel family or its designee.