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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Fay Sharpe Intellectual Property Law Scholarship
Fay, Sharpe, Fagan, Minnich and McKee, LLP, is a Cleveland-based law firm focused on the practice of patent, trademark, and copyright law. The firm established The Fay Sharpe Intellectual Property Law Scholarship with annual contributions at The University of Akron School of Law in May 2005, to encourage participation of talented students in the field of intellectual property law.
The selection of the recipient of The Fay Sharpe Intellectual Property Law Scholarship will be based on financial need and qualifications as determined by the dean of the School of Law. A recipient will be determined based on annual contributions from Fay, Sharpe, Fagan, Minnich and McKee, LLP. The recipient should be a student with a technical undergraduate degree (e.g., engineering, chemistry, biosciences, computer sciences, etc.) and one who shows an interest in pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The amount of the scholarship award at the time of inception is $2,500.