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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Project Lead The Way Scholarships Powered by Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems shares a lengthy and proud connection to the Akron area and The University of Akron. With roots extending back to Goodyear Aerospace, Meggitt has long been an industry leader. One of the largest employers in the area, with a mission that specializes in “smart engineering for extreme environments,” Meggitt focuses on combining talent and technology in pursuit of dynamic innovation.
Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in classrooms K-12. The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Scholarships Powered by Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems encourages high school students to consider collegiate education and careers in engineering. PLTW is the latest example of Meggitt’s deep affiliation with The University of Akron, stemming from unwavering support of the cooperative education program and Aero Design team.
The scholarship fund will support incoming engineering freshmen who have participated in the national Project Lead The Way initiative for at least one year during high school, intend to major in engineering at The University of Akron, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems has provided the fund with a lead gift of $25,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. The College of Engineering will identify candidates and award twenty-five $1,000 scholarships, which will be distributed in Fall 2015.