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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Robinson, William Eber Scholarship Fund
The William Eber Robinson Scholarship Fund is awarded from the Robinson Clay Product Company on the basis of scholarship and need. The scholarship was named by the Robinson Clay Product Company to honor Mr. Robinson (1895-1962) on his retirement in 1962 as the company's president.
Four generations of Robinsons gave leadership to the clay industry in Ohio. In 1856 the Summit Pottery Works was founded by William Robinson and his three sons: Thomas, William Jr., and Henry. In 1902 the company became the Robinson Clay Product Co. with Henry Robinson as its president until his death in 1906. His son, William Eber, became president in 1941. The company was one of the nation's largest manufacturers of vitrified sewer pipe and other clay products with plants throughout Ohio and in Pennsylvania. William Eber's son, Henry Robinson (1929-1995), was a vice president and director from 1954 until the company was sold in 1969.