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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Marquette, Penny Scholarship Fund
The Penny Marquette Scholarship Fund was established at The University of Akron in 2014 through a generous gift from Dr. Penny Marquette, a University of Akron alumna, who taught in the Daverio School of Accountancy for more than 24 years, retiring in 2014. Her affinity for the institution and belief in the importance of higher education led her to establish the scholarship.
The fund will provide $1,000 annually for text books and/or other educational materials for student(s) who have completed The Running Start Summer Bridge program.
Annually, the Summer Bridge initiative allows approximately 30 incoming freshmen to live on campus and take an intensive eight-week program focused on mathematics. Students who successfully complete the Summer Bridge Program are eligible to receive the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Choose Ohio First Scholarship. The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program Office will recommend scholarship candidates to Dr. Marquette, who will review and make scholarship selections. Preference will be given to students with financial need and academic credentials. At such time Dr. Marquette is no longer involved in the scholarship decisions, the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program Office will assume the responsibility.