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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Williams Challenge Kay D. Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Williams Challenge Kay D. Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor the memory of Mrs. Kay D. Williams. Mrs. Williams was known as a loving wife, mother, and friend who exemplified goodwill, kindness, and academic excellence. Mrs. Williams, a lifelong Akron resident, had a passion for education, and this fund will continue her legacy. The Williams Challenge is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational assistance to aspiring college students.
The recipient(s) of The Williams Challenge Kay D. Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund must be enrolled full time in the College of Education. Applicants must demonstrate both academic excellence and moral character along with the desire, drive, and ability to help young people. Preference will be given to underrepresented students with financial need.
The College of Education Scholarship Committee will make the selections, with final approval from The Office of Student Financial Aid.