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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Waldman Jr., Richard L. Scholarship
The Richard L. Waldman Jr. Scholarship was established in memory of Richard L. Waldman Jr., by his brother, William C. Waldman, in 1989. Richard Waldman was a respected community leader, ingenious businessman as evidenced by his contributions as vice president of the A. Schulman Company, and beloved by his family. The scholarship recognizes Richard Waldman's commitment and contributions to the polymer industry by providing annual awards of at least $2,500 each to four undergraduate students majoring in chemistry, polymer science, chemical engineering, or mechanical polymer engineering. The students must be in pursuit of a career in the polymer industry and display an interest in the polymer industry, in keeping with the spirit of Richard Waldman. The award will be made by the scholarship committee of the Department of Polymer Science in conjunction with the Office of Financial Aid.