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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Bartley, David W. and Dr. Alise G. Scholarship Fund
The David W. and Dr. Alise G. Bartley Scholarship Fund was established at The University of Akron in 2015, through a generous gift from the Bartley family. Dr. Bartley is a UA alumna who earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in private practice for many years while teaching at the University. Dr. Bartley’s affinity for The University of Akron and its students and her belief in the importance of higher education have led her and her husband to establish this scholarship.
The fund will provide annual scholarships for first- and second-year doctoral students enrolled in The University of Akron Department of Counseling. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. Preference also will be given to students who are not graduate assistants at the time of selection. Recipients may receive this scholarship only once. The Department of Counseling will submit a list of applicants to Dr. Bartley, who will select the scholarship recipients. The recipient(s) will be approved by the Office of Student Financial Aid.