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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Vernon, M. Catherine and David C. International Business Scholarship
The M. Catherine and David C. Vernon International Business Scholarship was established in 1999 through an initial gift from Mr. and Mrs. Vernon to benefit student(s) studying international business at The University of Akron. The M. Catherine and David C. Vernon International Business Scholarship recipient(s) will be enrolled in the College of Business Administration pursuing a degree in international business. Selection of the Vernon Scholar(s) will be consistent with the criteria established by faculty of the Institute for Global Business. The following criteria will be considered when determining the recipient(s): class rank, GPA, ACT score, extra-curricular activities, and language skills. The M. Catherine and David C. Vernon International Business Scholarship will preferably be awarded to one student for four years, with a gift of $1,000 per year.