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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Andreoli, Andre J. Scholarship Fund
The Andre J. Andreoli Scholarship Fund for football players was created in 2007 in memory of Mr. Andreoli. A graduate of The University of Akron, Mr. Andreoli was a member of the Zips football team. He holds the distinction of having scored the first touchdown in the Rubber Bowl in 1940.
Mr. Andreoli served four years in the U.S. Navy as a First Lieutenant during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After returning to Akron, he began an extensive business career that included developing numerous business properties. He also was CEO of several companies listed on The American Stock Exchange. Mr. Andreoli was one of Hilton Hotel’s first franchisees and a partner in several local restaurants.
Family and friends established the Andreoli Scholarship and made a gift in recognition of Mr. Andreoli’s contributions to the hospitality industry in the Akron area. Many businesses received their start from Mr. Andreoli, and he was well known and respected for his business acumen.