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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Sheppe, Walter A. Lectureship in Environmental Biology
The Walter A. Sheppe Lectureship in Environmental Biology was established in 1996 by Dr. Walter A. Sheppe, emeritus professor of biology, to introduce and advance ecological endeavors through visiting scholars in the field of environmental biology. Lecturers will share and discuss ecological projects and research, promoting new knowledge and advancing vocational and research endeavors of students and faculty of The University of Akron. Lecturers and lecture format, coordinated by the Department of Biology, will allow students and faculty to interact with the visiting scholar on an informal basis.
During his 20-year tenure at The University of Akron, Dr. Sheppe showed great concern for conservation and ecology efforts. A vertebrate ecologist, Dr. Sheppe conducted research on mammal populations in Canada and southern Africa. He founded the Akron-area Sierra Club, a leading organization that helped secure congressional approval of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, and remains active in promoting ecological activities, including urban ecology and the preservation of historical industrial buildings.