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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Gessner Family Scholarship
The Gessner Family Scholarship was created with an outright gift in 2006 by James E. and Mary T. Gessner. The Gessner’s three grown children all attended and graduated from The University of Akron. As students, they received scholarship support. Through the Gessner Family Scholarship, the Gessners wish to provide similar educational opportunities for deserving students.
The recipient of the Gessner Family Scholarship must be enrolled full time at The University of Akron and must be an American citizen. The student must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have financial need. Strong preference will be given to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate economic initiative by paying their tuition solely through scholarships, grants, and/or employment. Recipients must plan a co-op assignment during their academic career. The scholarship is renewable as long as the above requirements are maintained.