Named Scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be the funds to do so.

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 Christine Curry in the Department of Development at 330-972-8614 or ccurry@uakron.edu

Please note: All scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students interested in applying for a scholarship may visit the Financial Aid webpage, call 330-972-7032, or e-mail finaid@uakron.edu. The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.


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Buser Jr., Leonard E. and Chris M. Buser Scholarship Fund

The Leonard E. Buser Jr. and Chris M. Buser Scholarship Fund was established with a gift from Mrs. Margaret S. Marsh in honor of her grandsons, Leonard E. Buser Jr. and his brother, Chris M. Buser. Despite battling muscular dystrophy, both Lenny and Chris Buser overcame great difficulties and earned their bachelor degrees at The University of Akron. Lenny graduated in 1983 with a degree in mass media communication, and Chris graduated in 1989 with a business administration/finance degree. Lenny's and Chris' extraordinary accomplishments and their personal determination to succeed are an inspiration to all those who have known them. Their graduation from The University of Akron was very important to Lenny and Chris, and Mrs. Marsh wishes to acknowledge their contributions to students with special needs through this scholarship and to offer financial assistance to other individuals who share the dream of a college education.

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit UA's Office of Student Financial Aid page. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at 330-972-7032 or email them at finaid@uakron.edu.

 


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