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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Ott, Conrad C. Scholars Fund
In memory of Conrad C. Ott, a select group of alumni and friends of the College of Education at The University of Akron have established the endowed Conrad C. Ott Scholars Fund. Higher education had always been a priority for Dr. Ott, and this fund is a way to assist educators in achieving their educational goals.
Conrad C. Ott, former superintendent and board member of Akron Public Schools for 31 years, left a rich legacy for the Akron community. He was a legend. He led an urban district to achieve A+ status on state evaluations. While at times controversial for his direct demeanor and candor, he knew the schools, the teachers, the administrators, the coaches, and certainly the students. He had high expectations for everyone. No one questioned his commitment to children or his insistence that staff members continue their education to strive for advanced degrees to enhance both knowledge and teaching skills. Dr. Ott practiced what he preached, as he pursued graduate work at The University of Akron, where he also directed the Center for the Study of Urban Education. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1991, and in 2011 (after his death on March 29, 2010), he posthumously received the Dean’s Award.
The Conrad C. Ott Scholars Fund scholarship will be available annually to an Akron Public School teacher pursuing a graduate degree in the College of Education and taking three credit hours or more during a given semester. The scholarship promotes Dr. Ott’s legacy while supporting a teacher who is following the path in which he wholeheartedly believed. The award recipient(s) and the amount of the annual award will be determined by the Conrad C. Ott Scholars committee and by Mrs. Jeanne Ott in collaboration with the College of Education.
Due to the generosity of the Mary Frances Shale Trust, this fund received matching dollars in December 2011.