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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Pomrenke, Dr. Velma Student Assistance Fund
The Dr. Velma Pomrenke Student Assistance Fund was established by Dr. Pomrenke in 1997 for the benefit of students enrolled in the Community and Technical College, now called Summit College. It is Dr. Pomrenke’s strong belief that many people at times need immediate help to succeed. She further believes that education is the key to a better quality of life. The fund was created to meet the needs of students who require special support in pursuing their degree. The Dr. Velma Pomrenke Student Assistance Fund will provide for emergency student loans, purchase of textbooks, tutoring, or technology. The Dr. Velma Pomrenke Student Assistance Fund also will be used by the Dean of Summit College in meeting urgent student needs as determined on an individual basis.