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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McCormick Jr., Alberta and E.C. Educational Fund for Business Administration
Established at the request of Mr. and Mrs. McCormick’s daughter, Suzanne Rickards, The Alberta and E.C. McCormick Jr. Educational Fund for Business Administration will benefit students in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration, specifically those pursuing coursework in the William T. and Rita Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.
E.C. McCormick was a 1923 graduate of The University of Akron. As a student, Mr. McCormick was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and also participated in football and baseball. A true entrepreneur, Mr. McCormick founded the McCormick Insurance Agency after graduation and also had interests in the trucking industry and the cattle business.
Mr. McCormick remained loyal to his alma mater as a charter member of The University of Akron Foundation, ultimately serving as its director and assisting President Emeritus Norman P. Auburn in some of the University’s earliest organized fundraising efforts, especially the initial campaign for E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Mr. McCormick was a generous and dedicated benefactor of The University of Akron until his death in 1985.
First preference for the scholarship will be given to children of employees of the McCormick Insurance Agency pursuing coursework in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration. Should no qualified candidates surface under this criteria, and in the same spirit of entrepreneurship that drove Mr. McCormick in his career, second preference will be given to students taking coursework in the William T. and Rita Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.