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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Martin, Paul E. Legacy Fund
Established in 2001, The Paul E. Martin Legacy Fund is a timeless gift to The University of Akron that honors the personal integrity, personal responsibility, and intellectual honesty of Dr. Paul E. Martin. Through this gift, these principles and the deep-rooted conviction of philanthropy expressed by Dr. Martin by word and deed to his alma mater and the Akron community will forever endure. The Paul E. Martin Legacy Fund shall be used to encourage these same principles, as well as advance excellence in teaching, academic scholarship, and research.
The endowment of The Paul E. Martin Legacy Fund will be used to establish named faculty positions that will attract and retain scholars of national and international reputation as follows:
• $1 million will be directed to establish The Dr. Paul E. Martin Chair in Biological Field Studies
• The remaining funds will be directed to establish The Dr. Paul E. Martin Chair for Conflict Management