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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Zaucha, Bernard F. Endowed Accounting Scholarship for Excellence
The Bernard F. Zaucha Endowed Accounting Scholarship for Excellence was established in 1997 by Mr. Bernard F. Zaucha, a former faculty member of The University of Akron's College of Business Administration accounting department. Zaucha is an alumnus of the College of Business Administration with a BS in accounting in 1968 and an MBA in finance in 1971. Bernard F. Zaucha created this scholarship to thank the University for the fine education he received and in appreciation for his many years of teaching. The scholarship is to be awarded annually to a student enrolled in the College of Business Administration who is a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School, with first preference given to accounting majors. Selection of the recipient will be made by the CBA Scholarship Committee, an accounting department member, and in consultation with the Zaucha family.