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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Gorbach, Carl and Agnes Family Scholarship
The endowed Carl and Agnes Gorbach Family Scholarship was established in March 1993 by Agnes Gorbach and her 10 children in memory of their loving husband and father, Carl Gorbach. In October 2003, in memory of their mother Agnes, the Gorbach children revised the scholarship to commemorate the lives of both their parents. The University of Akron has been the alma mater of not only Mr. and Mrs. Gorbach, but of several of their children. It is the wishes of the family that the recipient of this scholarship meet the following stipulations: junior or senior class status, minimum GPA of 2.5, resident of Summit County, member of family of five or more children (if possible). Each year, the family will receive a list of qualified applicants from which to choose one or more recipients.