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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Eastman Chemical Company Enhancement Scholarship
The Eastman Chemical Company is a leading international chemical company that produces more than 400 chemicals, fibers, and plastics. Founded in 1920 in Kingsport, Tenn., as a unit of Eastman Kodak Company, Eastman Chemical Company is now an independent, publicly held company. Based in Kingsport, Eastman employs 16,100 people in more than 30 countries with regional headquarters in Kingsport; The Hague, Netherlands; Singapore; and Coral Gables, Fla.
The Eastman Chemical Company Enhancement Scholarship was established in support of The University of Akron College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering's Department of Polymer Science's ongoing effort to attract top incoming students in polymer science. The annual award will be presented to the top polymer science freshman as selected by the Department of Polymer Science.