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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Hammontree, R. James and Irene Endowment in Engineering
R. James (Jim) and Irene Hammontree established The R. James and Irene Hammontree Endowment in Engineering to encourage young engineers to pursue both academic and professional excellence. Jim, a 1957 civil engineering graduate, is founder of Hammontree and Associates, a full-service civil engineering firm based in Northeast Ohio. In developing his career and his company, Jim subscribed to the highest ethical and professional constraints, achieving recognition throughout the region and the state. Later, as Hammontree and Associates and its reputation grew, offices were established in other states and international contracts were secured.
Underpinning Jim's career development and the growth of Hammontree and Associates is Jim's strong belief in the value of being both a degreed engineer and achieving licensure as a professional engineer. In establishing this endowment, it is the Hammontree's hope to engender this same sense of value in upcoming generations of engineering professionals at The University of Akron.