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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Meyer, Robert C. Endowed Scholarship
University of Akron alumnus Robert C. Meyer pledged his support for this endowed scholarship in 2013. A native of Copley, Ohio, Mr. Meyer attended The University of Akron and graduated with a degree in accounting in 1979. He relocated to Florida, where he began his career in a local accounting firm. The career satisfaction derived from this environment prompted Mr. Meyer to establish a scholarship for students pursuing accounting degrees at The University of Akron who also plan to put their accounting degrees to work in a small to mid-size local accounting firm, where professionalism and client satisfaction are priorities over profit. As a partner in the firm of Edwards Platt Meyer, P.A., Mr. Meyer sees the value such firms have in the everyday lives of his clients.
The Robert C. Meyer Endowed Scholarship is to be awarded annually to a student in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration who is majoring in accounting and has a demonstrated interest in working as a professional accountant for a local or regional accounting firm. An internship or other work history with a local or regional firm may be used to show a demonstrated interest. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall, business, and accounting) is required. The award is renewable, provided the student maintains the required minimum GPA. The award may be used to support a graduate assistantship for students in the Accelerated BS/MS Accounting program. Selection shall be made by the Chair of the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration, or the appropriate designee.