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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Zodrow, Charles F. and Muriel A. Endowed Fund
Mr. Charles F. Zodrow, JD 1958, accepted an executive position with Roadway Express in 1959 and rose through the company, retiring in 1987 as chairman and CEO. He served on the Board of The University of Akron Foundation and is an Alumni Honor Award recipient. Muriel Zodrow was very active in the Akron Community, with a special interest in athletics. The Charles F. and Muriel A. Zodrow Endowed Fund is directed to support The University of Akron women’s basketball program.
These funds are to be made available for the unrestricted use of the head coach of women’s basketball. They are to be made available to support women and to help provide the assistance required in building a quality women’s basketball program. It is the donor’s intention the funds are used for travel, player recruitment, or any appropriate purpose helping the University build a winning program.