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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Serpentini Chevrolet Buick of Orrville Scholarship
The Serpentini Chevrolet Buick of Orrville Scholarship was established by Bob Serpentini in 2019 to support University of Akron Wayne College students. Bob has owned the Orrville dealership, his first, since 1980. He was the youngest at the forefront first-generation owner of a Chevrolet dealership. Throughout his career, he has forged ahead to improve his dealerships and become an industry leader, someone who is also a leader in giving back to the communities where he does business.
The Orrville area has always held a special place in Bob Serpentini's heart. He has financially supported numerous ventures, as well as local non-profit organizations. By establishing this scholarship at Wayne College, Bob is again strengthening the community through his philanthropy. The Serpentini Chevrolet Buick of Orrville Scholarship is designed to help as many as five students per year, making an even greater impact on the community.
Eligible students are graduates of Orrville or Smithville high schools. Students must be enrolled full-time at Wayne College and have demonstrated financial need. Scholarship selection will be determined by the designated Wayne College representative or committee as funds are available.