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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Kolbe Family Scholarship for Excellence in Communications
The Kolbe Family Scholarship for Excellence in Communications was established in 1998 by K. William Kolbe to honor the legacy of the Kolbe family at The University of Akron. Professor Carl F. Kolbe was Buchtel College's first professor of German. Carl's son, Parke R. Kolbe (class of 1901), grew up on the Buchtel campus and succeeded his father as professor of modern languages. In 1913 Parke Kolbe became the 7th president of Buchtel College and led the College's growth and transition to the Municipal University of Akron, where he served as president until 1925.
Both men were honored as founding fathers of The University of Akron when the newly renovated Kolbe Hall was renamed The Carl F. and Parke R. Kolbe Hall in 1998. The Kolbe Family Scholarship ensures that the Kolbe legacy at The University of Akron will eternally thrive in assisting generations of deserving students.