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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Barker, H. Kenneth Center for Economic Education Endowment
A veteran of World War II, Dr. H. Kenneth Barker received his BA and MA in psychology from the University of Louisville in 1948. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Michigan in 1959. Dr. Barker came to Akron in 1966 and served as dean of the College of Education at The University of Akron from 1966 to 1987. He also served as special assistant to the president for several years and dean of the University's International program from 1966 to 1979. He has been listed in several publications, including Who's Who in America and Leaders in Education. Dr. Barker was made an honorary alumnus of the University in 1992.
Dr. Barker was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for Economic Education at the University in 1975. The Center was founded to inspire teachers to include principles of economic education in their curriculum, since there was a lack of fundamental economic understanding in public schools. The program grew from individual classes to day-long seminars, with prominent local business people involved. The Center was named in Dr. Barker’s honor in 2001. Today, The H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education hosts the ground-breaking Virtual Campus, a collaboration of websites including a worldwide teacher information exchange, and Googlenomics, the first search engine of economic education and a foremost teacher reference library. The H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education Endowment was established by H. Kenneth Barker to provide unrestricted support for the Center for Economic Education.