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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Skelton Family Law Alumni Association Endowment Fund
The Skelton family, of which Joseph R. Skelton is a 1974 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, established the The Skelton Family Law Alumni Association Endowment Fund in 2003. Skelton Family members include Joe Skelton’s wife, Margaret, and his parents, Richard and Marjorie Skelton.
The purpose of The Skelton Family Law Alumni Association Endowment Fund is to provide unrestricted support for the work of the Law Alumni Association in building and maintaining alumni relations with graduates of The University of Akron School of Law. This includes but is not limited to scholarships for law students, lectures, alumni services, special programs, awards, and general operating support. In awarding scholarship support for law students, preference shall be given to Coshocton County residents.
Joseph R. Skelton is a named partner in the Coshocton, Ohio, law firm of Pomerene, Burns & Skelton, a founding father of the Ohio Heritage Bank, and the elected law director of the city of Coshocton. He and his wife, Margaret, are both affiliated with the Ohio National Guard. Joe is an active duty JAG officer, holding the rank of colonel. Margaret is retired from the Ohio National Guard. She holds the rank of colonel and served as head of Family Support. They have two children, Richard and Mary.