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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McDowell Jr., C. Blake Professorship (Tax)
The C. Blake McDowell Jr. Professorship Fund was established in 1999 through a magnanimous bequest from the estate of C. Blake McDowell Jr. Mr. McDowell’s bequest to the School of Law was given without restrictions. The largest gift to be received in the history of the School of Law, Mr. McDowell’s gift was transformational in nature for the School of Law and the law center that bears the McDowell Family name. Today, a portion of Mr. McDowell’s gift is being used to recognize academic excellence and retain high-quality faculty members and to provide for the recruitment of new high-quality faculty members at The University of Akron School of Law.