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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Shirk, Don and Ann Russell Shirk Endowed Scholarship in Education
The Don and Ann Russell Shirk Endowed Scholarship in Education was created by Ann Russell Shirk and Don Shirk in 2002. A native of Newcomerstown, Ohio, Ann is a 1947 graduate of The University of Akron’s College of Education. At the University, she was active in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and served as its president. Don Shirk graduated from Miami University and spent his professional career with Dun and Bradstreet. The Shirks raised a daughter, Judith, who is a Title I reading teacher for a suburban Cincinnati school district.
This scholarship will be given to an undergraduate student in the College of Education who wishes to become a reading teacher. Preference will be given to a student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with demonstrated financial need.