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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Harris, Gary M. Physics Scholarship
The Gary M. Harris Physics Scholarship was created by Gary M. Harris (Arts and Sciences, 1968) to assist outstanding undergraduate students who are majoring in physics. Mr. Harris attended The University of Akron in the evenings and during summers, working full time to pay for his education. He has had a life-long fascination with physics and entered his college studies at a time when quantum mechanics was a new facet of science just being explored. His current interest area is cosmology. He completed his B.S. in 1968 and his M.S. in 1971. Mr. Harris has enjoyed a successful career at companies such as B&W, Goodyear Aerospace, and Xerox. Mr. Harris, who is currently Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Adobe Systems, credits his education in Physics with his ability to think analytically and to quickly understand a broad range of technologies. These skills have served him well in his career.