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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Bernard, Ralph and Florence Endowed Scholarship
The Ralph and Florence Bernard Endowed Scholarship was established in 2006 by Mr. Ralph L. Bernard, Sr. Mr. Bernard’s scholarship is a demonstration of his ongoing support and belief in The University of Akron. His goal is that this scholarship will help local private catholic high schools in Akron, Ohio to continue their growth and quest to maintain academic excellence.
Mr. Ralph L. Bernard, Sr. is a highly respected and renowned builder. He graduated from High School in Barberton, Ohio. Following High School, Mr. Bernard went on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Notre Dame University. The help and support of his Mother and Father made this dream a reality.
After graduation, Mr. Bernard came home to Akron to work in the family construction business, Bernard Construction. Mr. Bernard escalated to the top of this organization, currently holding the title of President and CEO. Mr. Bernard is well-known for his engineering skills and hard work ethic. Mr. Bernard is encircled by a loving and caring family. His wife, Florence, will forever be remembered with warmth and admiration.
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide annual support to a deserving student from one of three Akron area high schools. First preference will be given to a student from St. Vincent St. Mary’s High School and then will rotate to Archbishop Hoban High School and then Our Lady of the Elms.
The Bernard Family has strong convictions and devotion to the field of education. For such fierce loyalty, the University is certainly most grateful and proud that they have established this scholarship for The University of Akron.