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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Phipps, Darleen Memorial Scholarship Fund
Two of the most beautiful verbs in the world are "to love" and "to help." With love and appreciation for his "bright star," Robert M. Phipps has established The Darleen Phipps Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of his wife, Darleen Marie Phipps.
A wife, mother, community volunteer and professional artist, Darleen Phipps was a pillar of strength, courage, and inspiration for her husband and children. Lee, as she was known by her family and friends, worked as a legal secretary but always dreamed of becoming an artist. She was a helpmate as well as a soul mate for her husband, Bob, making it possible for him to work a full-time job at The BFGoodrich Company and attend law school at night. Whenever Lee had a spare moment, she would pursue her passion and talent for art. Over the years, her still-life oil paintings received national and international acclaim and today hang in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada. Her artwork depicts many aspects of her life and her feelings about the world we live in.
Darleen and her husband Robert were married for 47 wonderful years before she passed away of cancer in December 1999. Together, they were the proud parents of three grown children and the devoted grandparents of six grandchildren. For Bob, Lee's love and support were the reasons for his success in law school and life.
As a living legacy in celebration and remembrance of Lee's life, The Darleen Phipps Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to provide an award to a third- or fourth-year evening law student pursing a career in intellectual property law at The University of Akron School of Law. In awarding The Darleen Phipps Memorial Scholarship, the scholarship committee will give preference to students who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the previous academic year. Prior receipt of The Darleen Phipps Memorial Scholarship as a third-year student will not bar the student from receiving the same award as a fourth-year student.