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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Miller, Donald E. Professional Writing Prize
The Donald E. Miller Professional Writing Prize was founded in 2006 by a gift from Mr. Miller’s daughter, Cathy Miller Ceccio, and Joseph F. Ceccio, who is a faculty member at The University of Akron.
The Donald E. Miller Professional Writing Prize honors the memory of an Illinois businessman who always valued clear, effective, and ethical communication in the workplace. The prize will be awarded each April by a committee of English Department faculty members appointed by the chair of the Department of English. Competition for this $100 prize is open to University of Akron undergraduates who have successfully completed one of the following four professional writing courses, offered by the Department of English, within the past year: Legal Writing, Professional Writing I, Professional Writing II, and Management Reports. A student may submit only one nonreturnable course portfolio for review by the contest committee.