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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Polen, Ednamae Endowed Scholarship in Business
Ednamae Polen graduated in the top 2 percent of her class at The University of Akron in 1940, majoring in business administration. While working for the head of the marketing department at The BFGoodrich Company, she was a key factor in its success. Her career then took her to the burgeoning transportation industry, where she worked for the head of Coastal Trucking Company/Coastal Tank Lines Inc. of Akron. In 2002, Ms. Polen established The Ednamae Polen Endowed Scholarship in Business to support female students in the College of Business Administration.
To qualify for assistance, female students must be in good standing in the College of Business Administration. Preference will be given to active members of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Grants will cover tuition, fees, books, room and board, all or in part. The Office of Student Financial Aid will select the scholarship recipients.