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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Witters, Darrel and Jean Music Scholarship Fund
The Darrel and Jean Witters Scholarship Fund was established in 1975 with contributions by alumni and friends of The University of Akron and with proceeds from the 1975-1976 Akron Sesquicentennial and United States Bicentennial Concert Series. This scholarship fund is in memory of Darrel Witters, associate professor of music from 1941 to 1972, conductor of the University Band and the Akron Municipal Band, and his wife, Jean, a 1966 University of Akron alumna. Mr. Witters died in 1973 and Mrs. Witters in 2004. The scholarship fund provides tuition assistance for worthy and talented students enrolled in the School of Music. The recipient will be selected by the Office of Student Financial Aid.