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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Harwood, G. Maxine and H. James Harwood Endowed Scholarship in Polymer Science
The endowed G. Maxine Harwood and H. James Harwood Endowed Scholarship in Polymer Science was established in 1996 in honor of G. Maxine Harwood and Professor H. James Harwood in recognition of their 65th birthdays. It was established to encourage third- or fourth-year undergraduate students in the sciences at The University of Akron to pursue study in polymer science. Funds to support this scholarship are administered by the Department of Polymer Science; applicants must demonstrate their commitment to pursue continued studies in polymer science to their respective department heads and subsequently be recommended to the chair of the Department of Polymer Science by April 1. Funds for this award were provided by Professor Harwood's former students, corporate associates, and friends.