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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Harris, Robert F. and Lucille S. Endowed Chair/Fellowship in History
The Robert F. and Lucille S. Harris Endowed Chair/Fellowship in History was established through a life income gift from Monica M. Scott, mother of Lucille Scott Harris. This gift will provide benefits for students and faculty in perpetuity. The endowed fund will provide support for a graduate fellowship or an academic chair in the Department of History.
Robert F. Harris was born in Mass City, Mich., on November 25, 1903, and was a resident of Akron since 1919. By working as a movie theater usher seven days a week and working on the Erie Railroad, Mr. Harris financed his own education at The University of Akron. He received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1928, followed by a master’s degree in history in 1941. During his years in college, Mr. Harris was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and dedicated his life to teaching American history. Mr. Harris taught American history for 19 years at the former West High School and for 17 years at Buchtel High School.
Robert F. and Lucille Scott Harris generously provided for The University of Akron for 39 years. Through their love for the University and their firm belief in the value of education, the couple invested in their future and the future of the University with life-income gifts designated to support their first love, history.
Mr. and Mrs. Harris also established The Robert F. and Lucille S. Harris Scholarship in History in 1985 to provide tuition assistance for deserving undergraduate students in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences who are majoring in history. The endowed history scholarship provides annual undergraduate tuition support.
Mr. and Mrs. Harris created two other scholarships: The Mary Louis Beverly Scholarship Fund, established in 1967 in honor of Mr. Harris’ sister, to benefit the College of Education; and The Robert F. Harris and Lucille S. Harris Scholarship Fund in Art Studies, established in 1982 to benefit undergraduate students majoring in art studies.