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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Gandee, Dr. Robert and Mrs. Sharon S. Scholarship in Exercise Physiology
Dr. Robert Gandee began his career at The University of Akron as a student in 1955 in physical education. He earned both his B.S. Ed. ('61) and M.S. Ed. ('68) at the University. Mrs. Gandee spent her entire career in secondary education. She believes that education should challenge students, broaden their horizons, and expand their scope of life's opportunities. Both believe their education was the single most important factor in creating direction and fulfillment in their lives.
Dr. and Mrs. Gandee deeply value education and the opportunities it creates in life. Coming from families that did not have the same educational opportunities they have had has formed their desire to offer a scholarship that will enable young people to pursue their studies.
The Dr. Robert and Mrs. Sharon S. Gandee Scholarship in Exercise Physiology is to provide support for a deserving graduate student in the Sport Science and Wellness Education Department majoring in exercise physiology and working in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory. Second preference will be given to a graduate student in the Institute of Lifespan Development and Gerontology. One, and no more than two, student(s) shall receive support within a given academic year, unless the fund can provide for the full cost of tuition, books, and fees for more than two students, to be determined by the director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory.