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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Collis, Mildred and Robert Memorial Scholarship
The Mildred and Robert Collis Memorial Scholarship was established by a bequest from Mildred Collis. Mrs. Collis earned an undergraduate degree in education from The University of Akron in 1942. She went on to Ohio State University for her master’s degree, an exceptional achievement for a woman of her generation. Mildred and Robert met at Ohio State and returned to Akron, where he was an engineer with Firestone, and she began a long career as an educator in the Akron Public Schools. Mrs. Collis held a firm belief in the importance of higher education in the lives of young women. The Mildred and Robert Collis Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded annually to a female enrolled in the College of Education who maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrates financial need for scholarship support. The scholarship is renewable provided the recipient maintains the award criteria. Selection is to be made by the dean of the College of Education or the appropriate designee.