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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Kleffman, John I. Scholarship Fund
The John I. Kleffman Scholarship Fund was established in 1996 with a gift from Mr. John I. Kleffman in appreciation for the education he received at The University of Akron. Mr. Kleffman attended evening classes at the University for 9-1/2 years while working full time during the day. He earned his B.S.B.A. from the College of Business Administration in 1955. Mr. Kleffman recognizes the demands students attending evening classes must face and wishes to offer financial assistance through this scholarship to part-time students attending evening classes. Preference will be given, but not limited to, students majoring in business administration or education. Recipients may apply for renewal of this scholarship. Selection of recipients by the University Scholarship Committee. Additional contributions are welcome from alumni and friends who wish to support the purpose of this scholarship.