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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Schulman, Alex Eminent Scholar Chair in Polymer Science
The University of Akron established The Alex Schulman Eminent Scholar Chair in Polymer Science, an endowed chair in polymer science, through the award of an Ohio Eminent Scholars grant and through the family and business associates of the late Alex Schulman. The initial endowment of $1 million provides permanent support for this position and honors the spirit of self-less leadership and community pride exemplified by Alex Schulman.
A scholar of exceptional accomplishments in teaching and research fills this post as the Alex Schulman Professor of Polymer Science. The Schulman Professor has achieved international recognition through publications and lectures, as well as interaction with a broad range of colleagues in academic and industrial laboratories. The incumbent participates in classroom and laboratory instruction and develops an active research program as a graduate research supervisor.