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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Bittle, Edward L. Scholarship for Athletics
The Edward L. Bittle Scholarship for Athletics was established in December 1993 by Frances Yates Bittle as a gift to her husband, Ed. An Akron native, Ed is grateful to The University of Akron for giving him the opportunity to earn a college degree and build a successful career. His affinity for the athletic program has influenced Fran to direct this endowment to support deserving student-athletes. The recipient shall have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, shall be at least a third-semester or second-year student, and shall be selected each year by the director of athletics. It also is preferred that grandchildren or step-grandchildren of Ed Bittle be eligible for this scholarship, if they meet the GPA requirements. (Grandchildren or step-grandchildren need not be student-athletes.)