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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Oldham, Albert and Vern Intellectual Property Law Endowment
What now is known as Oldham, Oldham & Wilson Co., L.P.A., originally was founded in 1947 by two brothers, Albert H. Oldham and Vern L. Oldham, both of whom attended the old Akron Law School. Named in memory of the founders of Oldham & Oldham, a patent law firm, The Albert and Vern Oldham Intellectual Property Law Endowment was made possible by its senior partner, Edwin W. (Ned) Oldham, and other members of the firm. The Intellectual Enterprise Lecture Series will be devoted to patent, copyright, and trademark law. Although the lecture series will address Intellectual Property Law generally, the series will include an innovation and entrepreneurial spirit as well. The firm's practice includes patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law, litigation, licensing and technology law, and foreign patent law.