Named scholarships

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

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Davis, Dr. George D. Endowed Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology

The Dr. George D. Davis Endowed Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology was created in 2006 through the generosity of Dr. George Davis and his wife, Joy W. Exy. Dr. Davis was the department head of the School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at The University of Akron from 1974 to 1989. During his tenure as department head at The University of Akron, he expanded the program offerings in the school and doubled full-time faculty positions. Dr. Davis’ desire is to promote the profession of Speech-Language Pathology and alleviate the great need for financial assistance many students experience. Mrs. Exy wishes to honor her husband and the program to which he dedicated his career with her contribution.

The Dr. George D. Davis Endowed Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology will be awarded to a student(s) majoring in Speech Pathology with preference given to an undergraduate student. Recipients must have a demonstrated strong academic record and will be selected by the Speech-Language Pathology Scholarship Committee in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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