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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Percoco, Concetta DiFederico Scholarship Fund
In 1997, Concetta DiFederico Percoco established The Concetta DiFederico Percoco Scholarship Fund with The University of Akron. An alumna of the University, Mrs. Percoco taught at Fairlawn Elementary, Crouse Elementary, and Jennings Schools for 35 years. Recognized as a superior teaching professional, Mrs. Percoco wishes to demonstrate her commitment to young people through this scholarship program. The recipient should be a graduate of Firestone High School and should be planning to major in education. This scholarship award is to be based on academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need. The Concetta DiFederico Percoco Scholars will be selected by the Scholarship Committee of The University of Akron.