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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Hanks, Judy Memorial Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
The Judy Hanks Memorial Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering was created in 2012 and was established by Village Plastics Co.
Judy Hanks devoted more than 20 years of her life to the plastics industry. She started her career in plastic welding rod sales under the direction of Robert L. Miller in 1988. In 2005, Judy joined Village Plastics Co. in the position of sales manager and was instrumental in the growth and success of Village Plastics until her retirement in June 2010. She was a lifelong resident of the Norton and Barberton, Ohio, areas.
The Judy Hanks Memorial Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering shall be awarded to a deserving student who has been a resident of the Greater Akron area for at least five years, demonstrates financial need, and is studying in the Department of Polymer Science or Polymer Engineering. The final selection is to be made by the chair of the department in conjunction with the University’s office of financial aid.