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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Paul, Jacqueline C. Memorial Scholarship
The Jacqueline C. Paul Memorial Scholarship was established through the generosity of Mr. Timothy P. Colelli. Jacqueline Paul was an outstanding graduate of the Business Management Technology Program in the Community and Technical College at The University of Akron in 1985. In honor of Jacqueline Paul's lifelong ambition to contribute to her family, friends, and the community through business education, especially by demonstrating the roles that ethics and morality play in the business world, this memorial scholarship will be awarded annually to second-year students majoring in Business Management Technology in Summit College.
The recipients must be enrolled full time, have a minimum GPA of 3.00, be a first-generation college student, have a demonstrated financial need, and be able to demonstrate involvement in their respective community. Preference will be given to female students. The Dean of Summit College and the Department Chair of the Business Management Technology Program will determine the scholarship recipients.