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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Rossi, Marion "Madeo" Athletic Scholarship
The Marion "Madeo" Rossi Athletic Scholarship was established in 1998 through memorial contributions from family and friends who wish to remember a man who touched many lives in the Akron community. Madeo, a 1956 College of Education graduate, was an outstanding quarterback and kicker for the Zips in 1953 and 1954 and set many college records. He was inducted into the Varsity "A" Association Hall of Fame in 1986. This scholarship provides tuition aid for a University of Akron athlete with preference given to graduates of Garfield High School, where Madeo was a standout three-sport athlete. Madeo taught health for 31 years and coached wrestling, baseball, basketball, football, and was also the athletic director at Garfield.