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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Sebring Jr., Gerald W. ’53 and Elizabeth A. ’52 Scholarship
The Gerald W. ’53 and Elizabeth A. ’52 Sebring Jr. Scholarship was established by Gerald and Elizabeth Sebring Jr. of Excelsior, Minn., in memory of Gordon A. Hagerman. Mr. and Mrs. Sebring wish to honor Mr. Gordon Hagerman for the important role he played in their lives as students at The University of Akron. Mr. Hagerman was a former Dean of Men at The University of Akron and is credited by Mr. Sebring as having a substantial influence on obtaining his college degree. Mr. Hagerman passed away on September 1, 2001.
Mr. and Mrs. Sebring have designated The Gerald W. ’53 and Elizabeth A. ’52 Sebring Jr. Scholarship to support married students attending the University. Mr. and Mrs. Sebring were married during their undergraduate studies at the University, giving them an understanding for the difficulties faced by these individuals. Scholarship awards will not be limited to a specific college. Student recipients must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA to be eligible for the scholarship. Awards will be given yearly and selected by the Office of Student Financial Aid.