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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Murphy-Victor, Fern Endowed Scholarship
The Fern Murphy-Victor Endowed Scholarship was established by the family of Mrs. Murphy-Victor in her memory. Mrs. Victor was a lifetime resident of Akron, graduated from Kenmore High School, and attended The University of Akron. Fern was a member of First Grace United Church of Christ, Akron Woman’s City Club, National Secretaries Association, and the YWCA Board. She was the past president of the Akron Bar Auxiliary.
The Fern Murphy-Victor Scholarship recipient will be of junior or senior status, enrolled in the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron, and will be chosen by the College of Business Administration dean’s office, with influence from Mrs. Myrna Rea, daughter of Mrs. Murphy-Victor. The recipient will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and provide a letter of recommendation that exhibits the recipient’s high moral character. Preference will be given to female applicants.