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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Stilley, Scott E. Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Scott E. Stilley Memorial Foundation Inc. was formed by Emerson Stilley Jr. and Marilyn Stilley, now deceased, to honor the memory and unfinished business of their son, Scott E. Stilley. Scott was their only child and the joy of their lives.
Scott graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in December of 1989. After attending Youngstown State University, Scott desired to work for several years to prepare for law school. However, Scott died in a tragic accident before he was able to realize his goal of attending law school.
Emerson and Marilyn wanted to continue Scott’s dream by helping others achieve their dream of a law degree so they created The Scott E. Stilley Scholarship Foundation Inc. to preserve the legacy of their son and provide a means by which others could benefit and achieve Scott’s goal of becoming a lawyer.