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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Ladich, Gerald P. Book Award
The Gerald P. Ladich Book Award was established in 2013 with a gift made by his daughter, Marlene C. West, in honor of Mr. Ladich's legacy and lifelong pride of his alma mater, The University of Akron. Mr. Ladich was a lifelong learner and valued the education he received at The University of Akron, as well as life lessons that came from being in the business world and later in his life being an entrepreneur.
Donated funds for The Gerald P. Ladich Book Award will offer assistance to deserving students enrolled full time at the University who are majoring in business.
A selection committee from the College of Business Administration and the Office of Student Financial Aid will consider students based on socio-economic factors, full-time enrollment status, and GPA. Continuing students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and first-year students must have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.25.