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.
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Meyers, Robert A. and Jean C. Family Fund for the Ray C. Bliss Institute
The Robert A. and Jean C. Meyers Family Fund for the Ray C. Bliss Institute was established in 2006 by an initial gift of $145,000 from the estate of Robert A. Meyers.
The Robert A. and Jean C. Meyers Family Fund for the Ray C. Bliss Institute provides a lasting tribute to Robert A. and Jean C. Meyers who were so much a part of Akron. The Meyers were married for nearly 60 years. Out of this love grew three wonderful daughters, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Through the years, Mr. and Mrs. Meyers shared their love of travel with their children and grandchildren. They also emphasized the importance of higher education.
A successful entrepreneur, Robert A. Meyers was concerned about the ethical and fundamental practice of the country's political process. He recognized that the Ray C. Bliss Institute's concentrated focus on the "nuts and bolts" of politics would create better government officials at all levels of politics. The Robert A. and Jean C. Meyers Family Fund for the Ray C. Bliss Institute will be used to provide resources for the students and faculty with a keen interest in the practical application of politics.
Proceeds from The Robert A. and Jean C. Meyers Family Fund for the Ray C. Bliss Institute will be distributed at the discretion of the Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute and the Meyers' daughter, Marilyn Buckey, and granddaughter, Jennifer Wick. In the event that Marilyn Buckey and/or Jennifer Wick are unable at any time to serve as advisors, the Meyers Family may elect to appoint replacement advisors.