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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Daum, Paul A. Professorship in Theatre Arts
Created in 1995 by Dr. Daum, The Paul A. Daum Professorship in Theatre Arts is the first endowed professorship to be established in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Dr. Daum joined the theatre faculty at The University of Akron in 1964 after earning his UA master of arts degree in theatre arts. As Professor of Theatre Arts, Dr. Daum has helped direct the Theatre Department’s academic program, which has become part of the School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration. He provided valuable off-stage technical expertise for all of the University’s theatres. Theatre arts students have benefited from his roles as teacher, technical director, administrator, and adviser. The Professorship reflects his life-long commitment to the theatre and to The University of Akron’s theatre program that he helped nurture.