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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Shallenberger, Peggy J. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Peggy J. Shallenberger Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in November 2009 by the colleagues of Peggy J. Shallenberger and later endowed through a gift from Peggy's family. For 35 years, Peggy was a valued colleague and friend at Wayne College. She held a number of positions in her time at Wayne, from student services counselor to admissions and job placement coordinator. In 2002, she became the administrative assistant to the Wayne College full-time faculty, a position at which she especially excelled. Peggy was held in high regard by her colleagues and always reminded her co-workers of the central mission of Wayne College - service to students. She always sought what was best for students and for their success. This memorial scholarship will serve as a legacy to her service, dedication, and good spirit. She will always be missed and remembered by many friends and alumni.
Eligible students must be enrolled full time at Wayne College. The Office of Financial Aid at The University of Akron Wayne College will select the recipients annually.