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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Whitmer, Marnie Turnaround Student Scholarship

The Marnie Whitmer Turnaround Student Scholarship was established by Marnie E. Whitmer to support students who, through the course of high school, develop an appreciation for the importance of education. As a result, the individuals display a "turnaround" from being underachieving students to having a personal motivation to equip themselves with a college education in order to better pursue their life goals.

The Marnie Whitmer Turnaround Student Scholarship is to be awarded annually to an incoming freshman or a current University student from North High School in Akron who plans to study full time at The University of Akron, demonstrates financial need, and meets the purpose described above. Selection of award recipients is to be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid in consultation with a scholarship committee composed of North High School counselors and/or teachers. The scholarship, renewable for four years, is to include full tuition, books, and fees if the student maintains a 2.5 (on a 4.0 grade point system) GPA. The recipient is to be a North High School student or, in the absence of a suitable applicant, a student from any public high school in the Akron area.

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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