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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Corns, Richard W./Pi Kappa Epsilon ”Lone Star” Fraternity Scholarship
The Richard W. Corns/Pi Kappa Epsilon ”Lone Star” Fraternity Scholarship was initiated in 1992 through a gift from Mrs. Richard W. (Doris) Corns in memory of her husband, Richard. Mr. Corns had been an enthusiastic member of the fraternity as a student and later during his professional career. Mr. Corns enjoyed great success in the corporate world, retiring as the vice chairman of the board of Roadway Express Inc. The University’s quality academic preparation and the fulfillment of fraternity life served as a solid platform for his career success. This scholarship is established to memorialize Mr. Corns, as well as to provide assistance for student members of the “Lone Star” fraternity.