Named Scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be the funds to do so.

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. And across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2013 was $35,200.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider establishing a scholarship at The University of Akron. Scholarships 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. 

Please note: All scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students interested in applying for a scholarship may visit the Financial Aid webpage, call 330-972-7032, or e-mail The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.

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Owen Family Scholarship in Nursing

Summit County residents Steve and Sherryl Owen and their children made the decision to establish a family scholarship in the College of Nursing. Many of the members of the Owen family are alumni of The University of Akron. Family members Sherryl Owen, Amy (Owen) Abernathy, and Stephanie (Owen) Jabbour graduated from the College of Nursing. Nick Abernathy and Steve are graduates of the College of Business Administration. The University of Akron has played a major role in all their lives, and it is their wish to establish a scholarship to assist local students in need.

To be eligible for The Owen Family Scholarship in Nursing, students must be accepted into the College of Nursing and be in their junior or senior year, attend The University of Akron full time, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to graduates of Cuyahoga Falls High School or surrounding area. It is the Owen family's intention for the recipient to maintain the award on a yearly basis once awarded until graduation, given the student maintains good standing within the College of Nursing. The award recipients and the amount of the annual award will be determined by the Owen family in collaboration with the College of Nursing.

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit UA's Office of Student Financial Aid page.

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