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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Crisp, Betty and George Scholarship Fund
The Betty and George Crisp Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 by Betty, BS ’66, and George, BSIE ’38, Crisp. Mrs. Crisp is a retired medical technologist from Akron General Hospital, and Mr. Crisp is the retired owner and president of Fred J. Crisp Inc., a construction firm. The fund was established to provide annual support for an outstanding student in either the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, with first preference to an outstanding student in medical technology, or the College of Engineering. Recipients shall achieve a GPA of at least 3.3 in their respective program and shall represent the hard work and integrity exemplified by Mr. and Mrs. Crisp. The proceeds of this endowed fund shall be awarded biannually to one student during his junior and senior year of study. The award shall alternate between the College of Engineering and the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences in selecting the two-year recipient.