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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Buser Jr., Leonard E. and Chris M. Buser Scholarship Fund
The Leonard E. Buser Jr. and Chris M. Buser Scholarship Fund was established with a gift from Mrs. Margaret S. Marsh in honor of her grandsons, Leonard E. Buser Jr. and his brother, Chris M. Buser. Despite battling muscular dystrophy, both Lenny and Chris Buser overcame great difficulties and earned their bachelor degrees at The University of Akron. Lenny graduated in 1983 with a degree in mass media communication, and Chris graduated in 1989 with a business administration/finance degree. Lenny's and Chris' extraordinary accomplishments and their personal determination to succeed are an inspiration to all those who have known them. Their graduation from The University of Akron was very important to Lenny and Chris, and Mrs. Marsh wishes to acknowledge their contributions to students with special needs through this scholarship and to offer financial assistance to other individuals who share the dream of a college education.