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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Williamson, David and Mary Kathryn Rose Endowed Scholarship in the School of Music
The David and Mary Kathryn Rose Williamson Endowed Scholarship in the School of Music was established in their memory by their son and daughter-in-law, David and Brenda Perrott Williamson.
The Williamsons were lifelong Akron residents. Mary Kathryn Rose Williamson graduated from West High School and studied engineering at The University of Akron. David Williamson graduated from North High School and worked at Goodyear Aerospace. However, his passion was music; he played the violin, the saxophone, and clarinet. He played for the Akron Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Denny Thompson Orchestra, the Harold Nelson Band, and the Akron String Quartet. He also taught violin and played in many university orchestras. Mary Kathryn was his constant companion at all of his musical venues.
The David and Mary Kathryn Rose Williamson Endowed Scholarship in the School of Music will be awarded to a violin student. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and will be selected by the School of Music in conjunction with Student Financial Aid.