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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Madden, Donna L. Madden Scholarship
The Donna L. Madden Book Scholarship was established in 2007 by her daughter, Dana Minor. The Madden Book Scholarship is a demonstration of her ongoing support and belief in the field of education. The family’s goal is that this scholarship will help deserving students in the College of Nursing to continue their education and quest to maintain academic excellence.
Mrs. Donna L. Madden was a highly cherished business owner in the Akron area. Her many friends and clients saw her as a trusted friend and respected businesswoman. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide annual support to a deserving student in the College of Nursing.
Mrs. Madden had strong convictions and devotion to the field of education. For such fierce loyalty, the University is certainly most grateful and proud that the family has established this scholarship for UA students.