Named scholarships

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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This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Snoble, Roger P. and D. Kathleen Endowed Scholarship for Geography and Planning

The Roger P. and D. Kathleen Snoble Endowed Scholarship for Geography and Planning was established with a gift from Roger and Kathleen (Kit) Snoble in March 2010.

The scholarship was created to provide support to students at The University of Akron. Special consideration will be given to students working toward a career in transportation, urban and regional planning, or operations and who have a desire to help plan and build better urban environments. Funds will be designated toward student scholarships or travel to attend national conferences at the discretion of the department.

Roger P. Snoble grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1968 and a master’s degree in economic geography in 1971 from The University of Akron.

Kit Snoble is originally from Richland, Wash., and after moving to California, developed a successful career as a senior technology analyst, mortgage banker, and consultant. She and Roger were married in 1975 in San Diego, Calif. The Snobles have two adult children and are the proud grandparents of a grandson. They have traveled several times to East Africa on safari and support wildlife conservation. Roger is the founding Board Chair of the African Conservation Fund and continues to serve on its board. The Snobles have retired and now live in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

During the course of Roger Snoble’s distinguished 43-year career in the transit industry, he has been instrumental in ensuring the effective delivery of public transportation services in several of the nation’s largest and most vital cities. Beginning his career in 1965 as a planner for the TriCounty Regional Planning Commission in Akron, he later worked as a planner for Akron Metro Transit District from 1971-1973. In 1973 he left Akron to assume the position of Manager of Planning and Scheduling for San Diego Transit Corporation, where he worked for 20 years, rising through the ranks to become President and General Manager in 1978. In 1994, Snoble was named President/Executive Director of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit District (DART), where under his leadership, both DART Rail and the Trinity Railroad Express were put into operation. In 2001, he was chosen as Los Angeles MTA’s new CEO, a post he held until his retirement in April 2009.

As a result of Roger Snoble’s dedication and vision, he earned several honors, including selection as the 1998 Transit Manager of the Year by The American Public Transit Association, and DART was named Transit Agency of the Year in 1997 under his leadership. Likewise, Los Angeles Metro was recognized as Transit Agency of the Year in 2006.

Since his retirement, Snoble has maintained his involvement with students interested in the areas of transportation and urban planning. During the fall 2009 semester, for example, he served as a guest lecturer at The University of Akron's transportation geography and planning course, which was taught via long-distance learning.

“The University of Akron and the people associated with it gave me a fantastic foundation upon which to establish a very long, successful, and rewarding career. It is my hope that this endowment will help others to do the same and help them to create better places for man to thrive.” ~ Roger Snoble

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