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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Student First Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Denise J. and Charles G. Uitto established The Student First Endowed Scholarship, formerly known as The Student First Scholarship, in 2008. This scholarship is open to all Wayne College students. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be employed and demonstrate financial need and be enrolled with at least 6 credit hours. Students must have a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA. Dr. and Mr. Uitto have a deep desire to help students succeed in this coursework during their time at Wayne College, and this award provides a way of lifting some of the financial burden.
It is hoped that at least one award of $500 or two awards of $250 will be distributed annually. Award decisions will be determined each year by the designated Wayne College representative or committee, with input from Dr. Denise J. Uitto.