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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Ayer, Frederic E. Scholarship for Excellence
Frederic E. Ayer, a civil engineering professor at the University of Cincinnati, came to The University of Akron as the first dean of the College of Engineering in 1914. One of his first tasks was to establish a cooperative education program which was required of all students until 1970 when it became optional. It remains today as one of the finest engineering co-op programs in the country. Dean Ayer retired from the deanship in 1946 but continued to teach until 1949. It was in 1949 that a building was constructed to house the entire College. In fitting tribute to the founding dean of the College, the building was named Ayer Hall.
The Frederic E. Ayer Scholarship in Engineering is to be awarded to an entering freshman who intends to pursue a degree in engineering, and will cover tuition, fees and living expenses as may be necessary. The recipient shall be from the top 10% of his or her high school class, demonstrate qualities of leadership and show promise of becoming a model citizen.