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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Lectureship in Gerontology
The Lectureship in Gerontology was established in 2005 by a gift from Robert N. and Sharon Gandee to honor their friend, Dr. Harvey Stern, who for more than 30 years has directed The University of Akron’s Institute for Lifespan Development and Gerontology.
Dr. Gandee and Dr. Stern were colleagues with a professional interest in Gerontology. Dr. Gandee, who directed the Center for Exercise Physiology and Gerontology for many years, dedicated his career at The University of Akron to educating senior citizens to live healthful and productive lives. Sharon was an educator her entire life. She believes that education should challenge students, broaden their horizons, and expand their scope of life’s opportunities. Together, the Gandees believe education is an important factor in creating direction and fulfillment in life.
The Lectureship in Gerontology is to provide a speaking program for The Institute for Lifespan Development and Gerontology. The lectureship will provide annual opportunities for the students, faculty, and the local community to better understand the ways to live longer productive lives.