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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Martin, Dr. Paul E. Endowment for Conflict Management
Established in 2003, The Dr. Paul E. Martin Endowment for Conflict Management honors Dr. Martin ’35, a man of integrity and responsibility who firmly believes in and is committed to the peaceful resolution of conflict. Events in the United States on September 11, 2001, verified Dr. Martin’s belief in the role of universities to provide essential programs that explore and teach methods by which conflict and change can be managed. Dr. Martin’s generosity will expand the diffusion of conflict management skills in the community and among students -- a long-term, sustainable, and significant contribution to this critical field.
The endowment is designed to support the Center for Conflict Management at The University of Akron in its efforts to provide an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary, and practically grounded analysis of the nature of conflict and violence, and support a wider diffusion of conflict management skills throughout society in the hope that this will support a sober analysis of conflicts at all levels and more cooperative approaches to the conflicts that plague our relationships in families, communities, and among nations.
The endowment also will enhance aspirations made possible through The Dr. Paul E. Martin Scholarship for Conflict Management and The Dr. Paul E. Martin Endowed Chair for Conflict Management. Together, these funds will support the efforts of the Center for Conflict Management to recruit and retain superior faculty members and students; to support teaching, mediation training, research, conferences, debates, workshops, internships, guest speakers and other forms of public service; and to support the mission of the Center for Conflict Management as it evolves over time.