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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Read, Roger and Judy Project GRAD Scholarships
The Roger and Judy Read Project GRAD Scholarships are funded by Mr. and Mrs. Read through their dedication as alumni of Buchtel High School. In 2004, Mr. and Mrs. Read demonstrated their belief in and commitment to Project GRAD Akron by offering the Read Challenge Grant to motivate other alumni and friends of Buchtel High School to make scholarship awards available to graduating students who meet key Project GRAD Akron criteria.
Individuals eligible for The Roger and Judy Read Project GRAD Scholarships must have graduated from Buchtel High School and be officially recommended by Project GRAD Akron to receive the scholarship awards. Scholarship awards shall be made in the amount and duration determined by Project GRAD Akron. If a student is unable to use the full scholarship award within four consecutive years, the funds then become available for another Buchtel High School student recommended as a scholarship recipient by Project GRAD Akron.