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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Harpley, Theodore Raymond Electrical Engineering Scholarship
Mrs. Betsy Harpley established The Theodore Raymond Harpley Electrical Engineering Scholarship in memory of her husband, Ted R. Harpley, honors graduate from the College of Engineering, class of 1958. Mr. Harpley was a talented power systems engineer, holder of six United States patents, and senior vice president of engineering and a corporate officer of Vicor Corporation in Andover, Mass. The scholarship provides full tuition, fees, books, and supplies for an outstanding Akron-area undergraduate enrolled full-time in the Department of Electrical Engineering. The scholarship is for three consecutive years or six consecutive semesters. It is awarded by the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering based on engineering talent, high scholastic achievement, leadership ability, and potential.