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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Sanders, Raymond E. Research Scholarship
The Raymond E. Sanders Research Scholarship was created by family and friends of Dr. Raymond Elgin Sanders to honor his commitment as a professor and researcher at The University of Akron. Dr. Sanders served as a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Akron for more than 30 years. Dr. Sanders taught undergraduate and graduate classes dealing with cognition, learning, and cognitive aging. He was a superb and enthusiastic instructor, demonstrating expert understanding of the topic areas presented in his classes. He was a well-liked and caring mentor for many students’ honors projects, master’s theses, and dissertation projects. Dr. Sanders communicated his love of research and investment in quality scholarship to all who worked with him and published many articles in well-respected journals.
The Raymond E. Sanders Research Scholarship provides support for a psychology major who exemplifies both an interest and competence in the psychological research enterprise. The Department of Psychology chair, in consultation with the psychology faculty, will select the recipient of these funds as they are available.