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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Burg, H. Peter Personal Leadership and Development Speaker Series
The H. Peter Burg Personal Leadership and Development Speaker Series was created in 2012 with gifts from Mrs. Eileen E. Burg ’11 to provide an opportunity for University of Akron students to learn from local business and community service leaders. The guest speakers exemplify the qualities, ethics, and sense of public service demonstrated and valued by the late H. Peter Burg ’68, ’70, former CEO of FirstEnergy and treasured University of Akron alumnus.
Each lecture will feature speakers who will share their personal stories of business and civic leadership and success. The speakers will challenge the students to increase their commitment to civic service. The format of the series encourages students to actively participate and engage in candid conversation with speakers who will mentor them in a wide range of topics such as: developing strong character and values, personal accountability, identifying business goals, civic service and leadership, and a leader’s role in community engagement.
A native son of Akron, Mr. Burg had a special love for his community and his alma mater, The University of Akron, where he earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in 1968 and 1970, respectively. Mr. Burg led by example, endearing those around him with a style of leadership that incorporated the very best of what he learned from his own mentors. This lecture series was inspired by such experiences.