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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Summit County Medical Alliance Endowed Nursing Scholarship
In 1987, after many years of providing financial support for nursing students, the Summit County Medical Society Auxiliary, known since 1994 as the Summit County Medical Alliance (SCMA), established an endowed nursing scholarship for nursing students at The University of Akron’s College of Nursing. The intention of the SCMA was to encourage nurses to stay in the profession by providing financial assistance for tuition, books, and fees to preferably diploma nurses seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The scholarship recipients were required to be full-time students, residents of Summit County, and not working or working only limited hours. To assure the success of each individual awarded this scholarship, previous recipients were considered for continued support.
During January 2003, the Scholarship Committee of the SCMA decided to amend The Summit County Medical Alliance Endowed Nursing Scholarship description to provide more flexibility in accord with the changing circumstances of the times. Also, as with the original scholarship description, scholarship recipients will be recognized in SCMA publications and requested to meet with the organization’s membership.