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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Jobe, Dr. William H. and Irene B. Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established in 1997 by Morris B. Jobe and his wife, Maxine G., in loving memory of Mr. Jobe's parents, The Dr. William H. and Irene B. Jobe Endowed Scholarship Fund provides full academic assistance for meritorious undergraduate students attending The University of Akron.
The scholarship pays tribute to Dr. Jobe, an accomplished chiropractor and man of great integrity and compassion, who generously served his family, community, and profession. Dr. Jobe firmly believed in college education for men and women and personally promoted the value of continuing education by furthering his education while in practice. Through his continuing studies and pioneering work in electronic diagnostics, he was granted membership in the National Medical Society and later founded and became president of the Standard College of Chiropractic.
During the days of the depression, the Jobe family learned the value of family sacrifice, and the award provided by a father's great support and encouragement. Three children completed degrees in higher education. Louise Jobe Marsh, Kathryn Jobe Judson, and Morris B. Jobe graduated from The University of Akron, took postgraduate studies, and both daughters earned master's degrees. Irene Jobe received a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1916. It is the hope of the Jobe family that The William H. and Irene B. Jobe Endowed Scholarship Fund helps others to secure a college education and enjoy the benefits that have accrued from their education.