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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Barker, Leslie Ann Barker Special Education Scholarship
The Leslie Ann Barker Special Education Scholarship was established in 1988 by Dr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Barker and his son, Glenn, in memory of daughter and sister Leslie Ann. Dr. Barker served as professor and dean in the College of Education for 19 years before being named special assistant to the president in 1985. Leslie Ann Barker was a 1975 graduate of the special education program at The University of Akron. She found great satisfaction in her work as a special education teacher. These endowed funds will support deserving undergraduate special education students who share Leslie Ann’s sense of idealism and commitment to enter the special education field. Selection of scholarship recipients is at the discretion of the Department of Counseling and Special Education in conjunction with the University’s financial aid program. Awards will be made on the basis of academic achievement and need.