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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Banks, Kenneth E. and June Blackburn, Phi Sigma Kappa Scholarship
Established in 1991, The Kenneth E. and June Blackburn Banks, Phi Sigma Kappa Scholarship is designed to support and to challenge members of The University of Akron’s chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa. As an active and concerned member of the fraternity, Kenneth Banks has made this scholarship support for undergraduates available to Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity members based on academic achievement and financial need. Recipients will be selected by the University Scholarship Committee on the basis of established criteria for scholarship and need. The annual award is to be used to meet the full expense of tuition, books, and fees for each recipient. The number of recipients will be determined by the amount available for award each year. Renewed support is possible if the recipient continues to meet the established award criteria.