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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Phi Sigma Alpha Endowed Fund
Phi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1910 as a scholastic honorary fraternity at The University of Akron. The honorary recognizes and honors students who have maintained a high scholastic average during their tenure at the University. Juniors who have completed at least 65 semester credits (47 of these credits completed at The University of Akron) and have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and seniors who have completed a minimum of 97 semester credits (47 of these credits completed at The University of Akron) and have a minimum of 3.25 GPA are invited to join Phi Sigma Alpha. Those students who accept the invitation are eligible for consideration to receive one of several scholarships awarded annually from The Phi Sigma Alpha Endowed Fund. Candidates shall be enrolled in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and shall be chosen on the basis of scholarly achievement.